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BBC confirms new League Of Gentlemen

Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 12:04pm

Saturday 26th update: The specials will be filmed in September. More details
The League Of Gentlemen. Image shows from L to R: Edward (Reece Shearsmith), Tubbs (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

BBC Two has today confirmed three new special episodes of dark comedy The League Of Gentlemen.

The critically-acclaimed comedy, which was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2002, will be back on screen later this year for three special episodes, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary since their debut on BBC Radio, in 1997's On The Town With The League Of Gentlemen.

The comedy team - writer-performers Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, plus writer Jeremy Dyson - launched that first radio series on the BBC in the same year they won the Perrier Award for Comedy at the 1997 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Graduating to television two years later, the sketch show-sitcom hybrid ran for three series on BBC Two and won both the Rose D'Or and the BAFTA for Best Comedy Series in 2000.

A feature film spin-off, The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, was released in 2005, after which the group have moved on to work on various other projects, including Psychoville and Inside No. 9.

The new specials are commissioned by Patrick Holland and Shane Allen, Controller BBC Comedy, and they will be produced by BBC Studios. Executive producer is Jon Plowman, the producer is Adam Tandy, and the director is Steve Bendelack.

Dyson, Shearsmith, Pemberton and Gatiss will be announcing further details about the new specials shortly.

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