The League Of Gentlemen. Image shows from L to R: Tubbs (Steve Pemberton), Edward (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.

The League Of Gentlemen

BBC Two sitcom / sketch show set in an odd town. 22 episodes (3 series), 1999 - 2017. Stars Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton.

The League Of Gentlemen. Image shows from L to R: Edward (Reece Shearsmith), Tubbs (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Welcome to Royston Vasey

Outsider Benjamin arrives in town. Ben's friend Martin visits the Local Shop and meets the unfailingly strange Tubbs and Edward. Restart officer Pauline is angered that a job seeker has a job interview.

Further details

And what a welcome indeed. Benjamin Denton arrives to spend the night with his hygiene-obsessed relatives, Harvey and Val, and their twin daughters, twins Chloe and Radclyffe. But that's not before he encounters Barbara, the pre-op transsexual taxi driver.

Ben is due to meet his friend Martin to go hiking. At the Local Shop, Edward and Tubbs are worried that the construction of a new road will bring strangers to Royston Vasey. Martin's arrival seems to confirm their fears and they decide to take action. In a homage to The Wicker Man, a Scottish police officer comes looking for Martin, but meets with a sticky end.

We also meet Pauline Campbell Jones, the hard-nosed restart officer, whose role is to motivate jobseekers into finding employment. What she is meant to do, and what she actually does, are two different things. She spends most of her time preventing the "dole scum" from ever getting a job. Two of her jobseekers are Ross Gaines and Mickey Michaels. While Mickey cannot string a sentence together, Ross challenges Pauline at every turn.

This episode also sees the telling of the infamous Mau Mau joke. Businessmen Geoff, Mike and Brian are in the pub. Geoff insists his friends hear the joke about the Mau Mau, but is so rubbish at telling it, he eventually resorts to pulling a gun on Brian at the punchline!

Broadcast details

Monday 11th January 1999
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Steve Pemberton Tubbs
    Reece Shearsmith Edward
    Steve Pemberton Pauline
    Mark Gatiss Mickey
    Reece Shearsmith Ross
    Reece Shearsmith Benjamin
    Steve Pemberton Uncle Harvey
    Mark Gatiss Auntie Val
    Reece Shearsmith Geoff
    Steve Pemberton Mike
    Mark Gatiss Brian
    Mark Gatiss Dr Chinnery
    Mark Gatiss Hilary Briss
    Reece Shearsmith Henry
    Steve Pemberton Ally
    Steve Pemberton Barbara Dixon (Voice)
    Guest cast
    Frances Cox Annie Raines (Old Lady)
    Mike Flanagan Robert (Job Seeker)
    Edward McCracken Colin (Job Seeker)
    Mark Gatiss Martin Lee (Benjamin's friend)
    Steve Pemberton Farmer Tinsel
    Mark Gatiss Bobby Woodward (Policeman)
    Writing team
    Mark Gatiss Writer
    Reece Shearsmith Writer
    Steve Pemberton Writer
    Jeremy Dyson Writer
    Production team
    Steve Bendelack Director
    Sarah Smith Producer
    Jon Plowman Executive Producer
    Jemma Rodgers Associate Producer
    Will Yarrow Editor
    Adam Windmill Editor
    Janey Walklin (as Janey Walkin) Editor
    Sarah Kane Production Designer
    Grenville Horner Production Designer
    Rob Kitzmann Director of Photography
    Yves Barre Costume Designer
    Joby Talbot Composer
    Helen Barrett Make-up Designer


    We Didn't Burn Him!

    Tubbs and Edward are questioned by a police officer about the disappearance of a young man.

    Featuring: Steve Pemberton (Tubbs), Reece Shearsmith (Edward), Mark Gatiss (Bobby Woodward).


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