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
    Jemma Rodgers Associate Producer
    Adam Windmill Editor
    Nick McPhee Editor
    Sarah Kane Production Designer
    Grenville Horner Production Designer
    Rob Kitzmann Director of Photography
    Yves Barre Costume Designer
    Vanessa White Make-up 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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