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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Rewind: Psychoville revisited

Psychoville is full of laugh-out-loud moments, quotable lines and clever references.

Sophie Davies, Cult Box, 4th March 2016

Nothing screams Halloween like Psychoville

A look back at the Psychoville Halloween special.

Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 31st October 2012

Radio Times review

The 37th best TV show of 2011 according to the Radio Times.

Manna for lovers of the macabre - a shudder one minute, a cackle the next. Series two had no qualms about meting out grisly ends to its lead personae, at a rate of roughly one bloodbath per episode. At least psycho-mum Maureen got to appal us all with her terrifying Tina Turner karaoke before carking it. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton invested even their vilest creations with flashes of pathos; new to this run were extreme fag hag Hattie, shackling a gay Iranian man in her boudoir, and beyond-anal librarian Jeremy Goode, haunted by the Silent Singer. Add to the brew a glam Imelda Staunton, Eileen Atkins at her most severe and a cameo from cult horror director John Landis, and this show left you scared and scarred.

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times, 13th December 2011

Psychoville Halloween special - one and done :(

Two bits of greatness that you could always count on to grace the small screen during Halloween have been The Simpsons Halloween Special and, last year's classic newcomer, the brilliance of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's Psychoville Halloween Special. While The Simpsons has remained a staple of Halloween viewing for the past 20+ years, there is no joy in Psychoville any longer as after only two short seasons, the series was cut down in its prime by the BBC and there will be no Halloween special this year.

Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 31st October 2011

Psychoville killed off

Writer and star Reece Shearsmith has confirmed that horror-sitcom Psychoville will not return for a third series.

British Comedy Guide, 15th September 2011

Psychoville wasn't in a League of its own Read more: h

The second series of Psychoville has just finished its run on BBC Two. It was deftly written, wonderfully performed and elegantly made. It was funny, it was engrossing, it was all-round impressive. And so its makers, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, are probably a bit hacked off that viewing figures fell away so sharply as the series went on.

Andy Murray, Chortle, 17th June 2011

Psychoville, BBC Two

Psychoville, whose first series was made on such a low budget that one episode was filmed in one room in one take (having the additional benefit of being an homage to Rope), used all the extra cash thrown at it to horrifying effect in its second series finale.

Josh Spero, The Arts Desk, 7th June 2011

Kept up its delicious line in camp carnage to the last

Psychoville gets its zest from bit parts, an eye for detail and an underrated hero of British comedy.

Keith Watson, Metro, 7th June 2011

Psychoville: in a different league

Killing most of their characters off in the final episode was ruthless but ensured this dark comedy kept you hooked.

Phelim O'Neill, The Guardian, 7th June 2011

Psychoville: series 2, episode 6

Chilling conclusion to crazed comedy.

Gareth Barsby, Suite 101, 7th June 2011

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