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.

Series 1, Episode 3 - Nightmare in Royston Vasey

Work on the new road begins but a terrifying discovery is made. Pauline's jobseekers are taught interview techniques. A tortoise meets a sticky end.

Further details

A construction worker makes the mistake of stumbling into Tubbs and Edward's lair, where he asks Tubbs if he can pick her brains. Tubbs is fascinated by his map of Great Britain, but horrified when she finds out that not all places are local. She screams so loudly that the workman's eardrums burst.

We are also properly introduced to Dr Chinnery, the local vet. A pensioner brings in her beloved tortoise, who is off his food. The poor thing is anaemic and Chinnery administers compressed air... to disastrous consequences.

Pre-op transsexual cabbie Barbara, in the meantime, is contemplating whether to go for a C or D cup.

Benjamin is late for breakfast, and experiences a most disagreeable incident involving Aqua Vitae. Put it this way... it's not mineral water!

Hilary has had a special delivery but Maurice the magistrate is not interested... or is he? And Pauline is on the war path after discovering some of the dole scum have been taking her precious pens home with them.

Back at the construction site, a horrific discovery is made which brings the new road to a complete standstill. Edward's plan has worked beautifully!

Broadcast details

Monday 25th 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 Lance Longthorne
Mark Gatiss Hilary Briss
Reece Shearsmith Sam Chignell
Steve Pemberton Maurice Evans
Reece Shearsmith Bernice Woodall
Steve Pemberton Barbara Dixon (Voice)
Guest cast
Frances Cox Annie Raines (Old Lady)
Don Estelle Little Don (Zoo owner)
Richard Gardiner John (Construction Worker)
Amanda Lockett Pram Woman
John Flitcroft Foreman
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
Adam Windmill Editor
Nick McPhee Editor
Sarah Kane Production Designer
Grenville Horner Production Designer
Joby Talbot Composer


Aqua Vita

Benjamin discovers that Uncle Harvey and Auntie Val have an odd way to start the day.

Featuring: Reece Shearsmith (Benjamin), Steve Pemberton (Uncle Harvey), Mark Gatiss (Auntie Val).

Mr Chinnery helps a tortoise

Mr Chinnery attempts to cure a sick tortoise.

Featuring: Mark Gatiss (Hilary Briss), Frances Cox (Annie Raines).


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