Psychoville. Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith)


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2009 - 2011
  • 14 episodes (2 series)

A dark comedy mystery starring The League Of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. Also features Jason Tompkins, Dawn French, Daniel Kaluuya, Daisy Haggard, Imelda Staunton and Daniel Ings

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Psychoville: Reece Shearsmith studies the fragments

Roll up Psychoville fans - nearly time to come out and play again. Yes you know who you are; in the words of the late (?) Mr Jelly - "Don't be ashamed".

Reece Shearsmith, BBC Comedy, 27th July 2010

The boys are back in clown

Actor Reece Shearsmith doesn't see the funny side dressed as a creepy clown. The star - Mr Jelly in BBC2's Psychoville - was filming new scenes in Hackney, East London.

The Sun, 9th July 2010

Psychoville: sitcom review

Psychoville is yet another wonderful, dark comedy from deep inside the minds of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

Nicholas Benson, Suite 101, 30th May 2010

Special Psychoville screening announced

The Phoenix Cinema in London has announced a special screening of Psychoville, combined with a question and answers session with stars Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

British Comedy Guide, 27th January 2010

Appointment Notification

Your next appointment at Ravenhill Hospital will be Winter 2010.

BBC, 19th November 2009

Psychoville will return

That's right. It's coming back. So, what's become of the characters caught in the Ravenhill explosion?

BBC Comedy, 19th November 2009

Jon Plowman offered an intriguing glimpse of the BBC duty log at last week's Broadcast TV Comedy Forum. BBC2 black comedy Psychoville, which Plowman exec'd attracted complaints that it was "full of innuendo" and that a caption reading "Bristol, Avon", was inaccurate. ("When will you people realise?" the green inker wailed.) And a scene with the words "Fuck pig", emblazoned in blood at a murder scene laden wuth excrement and semen? Zero. "I despair what gets the British public annoyed," Plowman lamented.

Broadcast, 2nd October 2009

This gothic BBC comedy-thriller written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton is as brutal, gory and funny as The League of Gentlemen. But also present is a sense of whimsy, even at times an unexpected tenderness. The story begins with five people receiving a letter that reads, 'I know what you did', and leads to an explosive and tense finale. It's shot through with savage comedy, from one man's preoccupation with the bowels of conjoined twins to the slapstick of a blind man trying to make phonecalls on a Club biscuit. The story is brilliantly told and expertly performed, never more so than in the central, fourth episode which is the most rewarding half-hour of the series, shot to suggest one long take. The on-screen chemistry between the League regulars is a joy to watch and moments like Maureen fluttering her cardy to make like Superman are hard to forget.

In the interviews included in the extras on the DVD, producer Jon Plowman reveals Psychoville was written in six parts but when it became apparent the ending was too expensive, Plowman asked the Beeb to make it as a seven-part show, then asked the writers to request an extra, cheap episode. This is the extraordinary fourth ep and is proof that too little money can be an advantage. On the disc, there's even a fascinating split-screen option showing how it was shot.

David Phelan, Time Out, 13th August 2009

Psychoville episode seven: Ravenhill

It seems almost all of us who've watched Psychoville have really enjoyed the series. There's much to be said for anything that can frame its decisive moment of murder and high tension with a song from Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. The costumes, dialogue, locations and, to an extent, the plotting were pitch perfect. No other British comedy has been as enjoyable this year.

Will Dean, The Guardian, 31st July 2009

Psychoville has a Marmite effect on viewers: the story of a group of grotesques bought together by menacing notes, it reached an ingenious conclusion last night. Mr Jolly the clown was revealed as the puppeteer, Eileen Atkins was the sadistic matron of the asylum where all the characters were once resident (and where the wannabe serial killer David first struck - Atkins's nurse his victim, after a vicious series of electric shocks). Each character, every line, was cannily, cleverly drawn, toilet humour dovetailing with jolting pathos - and there's nothing like an explosion for a cliffhanger.

Tim Teeman, The Times, 31st July 2009

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