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Psychoville. Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith).

Psychoville

BBC Two sitcom. 14 episodes (2 series), 2009 - 2011. Stars Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Jason Tompkins, Dawn French, Daniel Kaluuya, Daisy Haggard, Imelda Staunton and others.

Psychoville. Image shows from L to R: Joy Aston (Dawn French), Oscar Lomax (Steve Pemberton), Robert Greenspan (Jason Tompkins), Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith), David Sowerbutts (Steve Pemberton), Maureen Sowerbutts (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.

Psychoville

A dark comedy mystery starring The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

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Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2009 - 2011
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
14   (2 series)
Starring
Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Jason Tompkins, Dawn French, Daniel Kaluuya, Daisy Haggard, Imelda Staunton, Daniel Ings and others
Writers
Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith
Director
Matt Lipsey
Producer
Justin Davies

Psychoville is a dark character comedy mystery in which five different characters are strangely linked.

The main characters are: Mr Jelly, an embittered one-handed clown who makes balloon animals with his hook; Joy, a desperately misguided midwife; Robert, a lovestruck dwarf; Mr Lomax, a blind avaricious collector; and David Sowerbutts, a serial-killer-obsessed man-child.

All five are at first seemingly unconnected, but we know they share at least one thing in common... despite having different backgrounds, different interests, and coming from different parts of the country, they have each been sent an anonymous, black-edged card marked with the words: "I know what you did..."

As the series progresses, we learn more about the background of the main characters, and discover they all spent time together at Ravenhill Hospital.

In Series 2, a locket with the letter 'K' on it becomes key. Police Detective Finney and shadowy Grace Andrews are amongst those who are desperate to get their hands on this item of jewellery.

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