Psychoville. Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith).


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.

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

Sunday 31st October 2010
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


    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

    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

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


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