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.

20th Anniversary Specials, Episode 1 is repeated on Gold on Tuesday 24th December at 11:20pm.

Series 3, Episode 2 - The One-Armed Man Is King

When Joke Shop proprietor Lance has an under-the-counter arm transplant, the result is not quite what he expected. Meanwhile, useless debt collectors Glen and Big Barry have a run-in with the terrifying Lisgoe, and mortician Owen Fallowfield talks about his singular career.

Further details

Illegal body parts, a dead nun and tacky nail varnish... sounds like a News Of The World expose. In fact, this episode focuses on joke peddler Lance Longthorne. The overweight, one-armed Joke Shop owner is sick of his 'single-handed' approach to life and wants a new arm.

Hospital radio DJ Mike King obliges and a transplant operation takes place, but Lance soon regrets dabbling in the murky world of body-snatching... his new arm, a lady's no less, is much more than he bargained for.

Bungling debt collectors Glen and Barry aren't very good at their job. Barry is more content on chasing after ice cream vans than customers. Lisgoe, their nasty boss, is sick of it and teaches them the proper way to call in the debts.

Broadcast details

Thursday 3rd October 2002
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Steve Pemberton Pauline
    Mark Gatiss Mickey
    Mark Gatiss Lance Longthorne
    Steve Pemberton Pop
    Steve Pemberton Barbara Dixon (Voice)
    Guest cast
    Sian Gibson (as Sian Foulkes) Tricia
    Hope Johnstone Charity Tin Woman
    Michael Gallagher Barbara Dixon
    Kevin Brannagan Flaps In Your Lap bouncer
    Matt Partridge (as Sylvie Gattrill) Queenie
    Nicky Goldie Mrs Airey
    Olivia Jardith Mrs Halliwell
    Olive Pendleton Nana Brambles
    Steve Pemberton Dr Lucas Wesley
    Reece Shearsmith Mike King
    Steve Pemberton Mechanic
    Steve Pemberton Barrington Baggs
    Mark Gatiss Glenn Baggs
    Reece Shearsmith Joseph Lisgoe
    Mark Gatiss Owen Fallowfield
    Wim Booth The Lady Arm (Voice)
    Writing team
    Mark Gatiss Writer
    Reece Shearsmith Writer
    Steve Pemberton Writer
    Jeremy Dyson Writer
    Production team
    Steve Bendelack Director
    Mel Nortcliffe 1st Assistant Director
    Jemma Rodgers Producer
    Jon Plowman Executive Producer
    Adam Windmill Editor
    Tony Cranstoun Editor
    Grenville Horner Production Designer
    Rob Kitzmann Director of Photography
    Yves Barre Costume Designer
    Diane Chenery-Wickens Make-up Designer
    Joby Talbot Composer

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