Psychoville. Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith).

Psychoville

BBC Two sitcom mystery series. 14 episodes (2 series), 2009 - 2011. Stars Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Jason Tompkins, Dawn French and others.

Halloween Special

Psychoville returns with a spooktacular hour-long Halloween special, featuring four tales of terror.

Further details

Psychoville. Image shows from L to R: Nurse Kenchington (Eileen Atkins), David Sowerbutts (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

Four tales of terror unfold as Phil Walker, the location manager for Dale Winton's Overnight Ghost Hunt, investigates the abandoned ruins of Ravenhill Psychiactric hospital.

Does the ghost of evil Governess Edwina Kenchington still walk the empty corridors? What other horrors lie within the crumbling walls and will health and safety allow any filming there in the first place?

Psychoville. Image shows from L to R: Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith), Phil Walker (Reece Shearsmith), David Sowerbutts (Steve Pemberton), Drew (Alex Waldmann), Oscar Lomax (Steve Pemberton), Joy Aston (Dawn French). Copyright: BBC.

Episode Breakdown (with mild spoilers):

This hour-long special - which is both spooky and funny in equal measures - is, in the main, unconnected from the main show. Instead we are treated to four fictional Halloween tales featuring the main Psychoville characters.

However, what does become quite clear is that the frustratingly open-ended conclusion to the first series was actually all part of a sophisticated setup for the second series. Without giving the plot away, this special dovetails perfectly into the new episodes and, as a special treat, at the end of the episode the BBC gave viewers a quick glimpse of what was to come in Series 2.

Episode Breakdown By Pictures:

The episode starts with a flashback featuring evil Nurse Kenchington...
Psychoville. Nurse Kenchington (Eileen Atkins). Copyright: BBC.

Back to today: Phil Walker, the location manager working
on a TV show about haunted places is checking out
Ravenhill Hospital as a potential location:
Psychoville. Phil Walker (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.

Drew, who has a connection to Ravenhill, joins Phil
as he looks round the building:
Psychoville. Drew (Alex Waldmann). Copyright: BBC.

In the first of the tales, Mr Jelly is not happy with it
being trick or treat night:
Psychoville. Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.

In the second tale, we see George Aston struggling to
sell the house as Joy keeps making a mess playing with
little baby Freddie:
Psychoville. George Aston (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.
Psychoville. Joy Aston (Dawn French). Copyright: BBC.

In the penultimate tale, Mr Lomax has an eye transplant...
but he soon starts to regret it:
Psychoville. Oscar Lomax (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

And in the final spooky tale David and Maureen Sowerbutts
are on their way to a fancy dress party:
Psychoville. David Sowerbutts (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.
Psychoville. Maureen Sowerbutts (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.

As we snap out of the fantasy Halloween world and back to
Phil and Drew exploring Ravenhill, viewers are presented
with an interesting revelation. But who is Grace Andrews?
Psychoville. Grace Andrews (Imelda Staunton). Copyright: BBC.

Click this link for some clips from the episode:

Broadcast details

Date
Sunday 31st October 2010
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Steve Pemberton David Sowerbutts
Reece Shearsmith Maureen Sowerbutts
Reece Shearsmith Mr Jelly
Steve Pemberton Oscar Lomax
Dawn French Joy Aston
Daniel Kaluuya Michael Fry (aka Tealeaf)
Imelda Staunton Grace Andrews
Daniel Ings Kelvin
Eileen Atkins Nurse Kenchington
Steve Pemberton George Aston
Guest cast
Matthew Fenton Young Drew
Alex Waldmann Drew
Reece Shearsmith Phil Walker
Maisie Hopkins Cat (Trick or Treat Girl)
Bethany McCann Ghost
Billy Holland Devil
Josie Walker Busty Janet
Emily Wachter Prospective Buyer
Julian Bleach Doctor (aka Eddie)
Pik Sen Lim Old Japanese Lady
Daphne Cheung Sue (Woman Selling Toys)
Nicholas Sidi (as Nick Sidi) Adrian (Car Driver)
Angela Sims Liz (Adrian's Wife)
Writing team
Steve Pemberton Writer
Reece Shearsmith Writer
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
Justin Davies Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Charlie Phillips Editor
Brian Sykes Production Designer
Joby Talbot Composer
Jeremy Holland-Smith Composer

Videos

Halloween Special TV Trailer

The TV trailer for the Halloween special. If you are brave enough, there is a second trailer on the official website

Featuring: Steve Pemberton (David Sowerbutts), Reece Shearsmith (Maureen Sowerbutts), Josie Walker (Busty Janet), Nick Sidi (Adrian), Reece Shearsmith (Mr Jelly), Steve Pemberton (Oscar Lomax), Dawn French (Joy Aston), Steve Pemberton (George Aston).

Halloween Special: David & Maureen

David & Maureen's car breaks down on a stormy Halloween night. Despite arguing about David's costume, and the merits of chammy leathers, they manage to flag down a ride from a very suspicious looking individual.

Can't see a video here? Watch this clip on bbc.co.uk

Featuring: Steve Pemberton (David Sowerbutts), Reece Shearsmith (Maureen Sowerbutts), Nick Sidi (Adrian).

Halloween Special: Mr Jelly's Trick Or Treat

Mr Jelly gives two unfortunate trick or treaters a dressing down when they knock on his door for halloween. There may be no treats for these trick or treaters but there's certainly a trick or two in store for Mr. Jelly!

Can't see a video here? Watch this clip on bbc.co.uk

Featuring: Maisie Hopkins (Cat), Reece Shearsmith (Mr Jelly).

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