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: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith. Copyright: BBC.

Christmas Special

Vicar Bernice has an unforgettable Christmas Eve when she is forced to listen to three spooky Christmas tales told by her parishioners.

Further details

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... Don't watch this festive offering expecting mince pies and Santa Claus (although he does make a grotesque appearance, courtesy of Papa Lazarou)... welcome to Christmas, League of Gentlemen style!

Royston Vasey's miserable vicar, the Rev Bernice Woodall, is in a typically un-festive mood, haunted by a terrible Christmas memory, when three visitors appear at her church, each with their own chilling tale to recall.

Charlie Hull's bitter marriage to wife Stella has taken a sinister turn. All Charlie wanted was to win the local line-dancing competition, but Stella is having none of it. She turns to Solutions, a coven of local women who help execute revenge on those who have been wronged.

Just as Stella wished it, Charlie's night of glory is the complete opposite, ending in disaster. But tragically for Stella, her lust for revenge has a very high and bloody cost.

An old man arrives to recount the story of his journey to the German town of Duisburg in 1975. There, the young Matthew, a cherubic, blond choirboy lodges with German teacher Herr Lipp and his stern wife Lotte. Matthew spends most of the time fending off Herr Lipp's sad advances, and jumps to a surprising conclusion - Herr Lipp must surely be a vampire. As always in League land, nothing is as it seems.

Just when Bernice thinks it's all over, vet Dr Matthew Chinnery turns up at her church plastered in blood and feathers. He is distraught - he has lost yet another patient. But why is he so bungling at his job? He reveals all to Bernice - and it all stems back to his great-grandfather who, in 1895, was one of the very best vets in the country. Conned by the elderly Dr Purblind, Chinnery fell victim to a curse that would blight his ancestors for generations.

After consoling her parishioners, Bernice finds herself buoyed with Christmas spirit. But it doesn't last for long. She receives a fourth visitor in the form of carnival ringmaster Papa Lazarou, the most terrifying Santa Claus you could imagine. He and his dwarf helpers, who are dressed as elves, throw a sack over her head and drive off with her on their sleigh. It's exactly what happened to her mother many years ago when Bernice was a child!

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 27th December 2000
Time
9:40pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Steve Pemberton Pauline
    Mark Gatiss Mickey
    Reece Shearsmith Ross
    Steve Pemberton Uncle Harvey
    Mark Gatiss Auntie Val
    Steve Pemberton Charlie Hull
    Reece Shearsmith Stella Hull
    Mark Gatiss Dr Chinnery
    Steve Pemberton Herr Lipp
    Reece Shearsmith Mrs Levinson
    Mark Gatiss Iris
    Steve Pemberton Reenie
    Reece Shearsmith Vinnie
    Reece Shearsmith Bernice Woodall
    Reece Shearsmith Papa Lazarou
    Steve Pemberton Barbara Dixon (Voice)
    Guest cast
    Freddie Jones Dr Magnus Purblind
    Liza Tarbuck Donna
    Frances Cox Annie Raines (Old Lady)
    Judith Vause Woman
    Rusty Goffe Simba
    Gerald Stadden Pebbles
    Jon Key Tik-Tik
    Andrew Melville Old Matthew Parker
    Bay White Mrs. Huxtable
    Reece Shearsmith Mike King
    Reece Shearsmith Pamela Doove
    Mark Gatiss Lotte Lipp
    Mark Gatiss Lee Scott
    Reece Shearsmith Matthew Parker
    Reece Shearsmith Dr Singleton Boothby
    Steve Pemberton Dr Timothy Majolica
    Writing team
    Mark Gatiss Writer
    Reece Shearsmith Writer
    Steve Pemberton Writer
    Jeremy Dyson Writer
    Production team
    Steve Bendelack Director
    Jemma Rodgers Producer
    Jon Plowman Executive Producer
    Adam Windmill Editor
    Grenville Horner Production Designer
    Rob Kitzmann Director of Photography
    Yves Barre Costume Designer
    Joby Talbot Composer
    Daniel Phillips Make-up Designer
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