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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 5 is repeated on Gold on Thursday at 12:35am.

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.

Full synopsis

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


  1. Thursday 12th July 2012 at 10:50pm on Gold
  2. Friday 13th July 2012 at 1:45am on Gold
  3. Wednesday 26th September 2012 at 11:40pm on Gold
  4. Thursday 27th September 2012 at 2:30am on Gold
  5. Friday 22nd March 2013 at 11:00pm on Gold
  6. Tuesday 28th January 2014 at 11:40pm on Gold
  7. Wednesday 29th January 2014 at 2:30am on Gold
  8. Saturday 29th March 2014 at 11:30pm on Gold
  9. Sunday 21st September 2014 at 11:00pm on Gold
  10. Monday 22nd September 2014 at 2:40am on Gold
  11. Saturday 28th February 2015 at 11:40pm on Gold
  12. Sunday 1st March 2015 at 2:00am on Gold
  13. Monday 13th July 2015 at 11:00pm on Gold
  14. Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 2:00am on Gold
  15. Sunday 4th October 2015 at 11:40pm on Gold
  16. Monday 5th October 2015 at 2:20am on Gold
  17. Saturday 23rd January 2016 at 11:40pm on Gold
  18. Sunday 24th January 2016 at 2:15am on Gold
  19. Monday 28th March 2016 at 1:45am on Gold
  20. Saturday 7th May 2016 at 11:00pm on Gold
  21. Sunday 8th May 2016 at 3:15am on Gold
  22. Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 10:30pm on BBC4
  23. Thursday 15th March 2018 at 12:40am on Gold
  24. Thursday 15th March 2018 at 3:15am on Gold

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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