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 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
Jemma Rodgers Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer

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