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 4 - The Beast Of Royston Vasey

The schoolchildren get a visit from the incompetent Legz Akimbo Theatre Company and the Denton children get cousin Benjamin in more trouble than he can possibly imagine.

Further details

Chinnery examines the beast of Royston Vasey, but can he correctly identify it? Is it anything to do with the animals missing from Roundabout Zoo?

The Legz Akimbo Theatre Company - whose motto is 'Put yourself in a child' - arrive in town to perform a play at the local school, about homosexuality aimed at 9 to 12-year-olds.

At the Dentons, toad-loving Harvey displays his finest specimens, Sonny and Cher, to Benjamin. The pair will soon be entered in the Annual Croaker Parade, meaning the Toad Breeder Shield is finally within his grasp. Ben wants to get the next train home but must babysit the twins... which proves to be one of the worst experiences of his life.

Stella and Charlie Hull make one of their regular trips to Luigi's restaurant. They bicker about a holiday in Tenerife, when Stella allegedly took a man back to the hotel. Meanwhile, Edward examines his handy-work at the construction site through binoculars from the moors beyond. Has it halted the new road?

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 1st February 1999
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Steve Pemberton Tubbs
    Reece Shearsmith Edward
    Reece Shearsmith Benjamin
    Steve Pemberton Uncle Harvey
    Mark Gatiss Auntie Val
    Steve Pemberton Charlie Hull
    Reece Shearsmith Stella Hull
    Mark Gatiss Dr Chinnery
    Reece Shearsmith Ollie Plimsolls
    Steve Pemberton Dave Parkes
    Mark Gatiss Phil Proctor
    Reece Shearsmith Mrs Levinson
    Reece Shearsmith Bernice Woodall
    Steve Pemberton Barbara Dixon (Voice)
    Guest cast
    Edward McCracken Colin (Job Seeker)
    Don Estelle Little Don (Zoo owner)
    John Flitcroft Foreman
    Keith Ladd Policeman 1
    Ian Ralph Policeman 2
    Glenn Cunningham Blind Man
    John De Main Luigi
    Megan De Wolf Chloe Denton
    Rosy De Wolf Radclyffe Denton
    Steve Pemberton Farmer Tinsel
    Steve Pemberton Ernest Foot
    Mark Gatiss Andrew Ward (Scarecrow)
    Steve Pemberton Inspector Shakespeare
    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
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