The League Of Gentlemen. Image shows from L to R: Tubbs (Steve Pemberton), Edward (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC
The League Of Gentlemen

The League Of Gentlemen

  • TV sitcom / sketch show
  • BBC Two
  • 1999 - 2017
  • 22 episodes (3 series)

Royston Vasey is an isolated Northern community where dark, perverted and horrifying things happen behind closed doors. Stars Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss.

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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 26th September 2002
BBC Choice
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 3rd October 2002 10:00pm BBC2
Thursday 11th October 2012 11:40pm Gold
Friday 12th October 2012 2:00am Gold
Wednesday 12th February 2014 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 13th February 2014 2:00am Gold
Thursday 16th October 2014 1:50am Gold
Wednesday 11th February 2015 1:30am Gold
Wednesday 11th February 2015 3:30am Gold
Saturday 23rd May 2015 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 24th May 2015 2:15am Gold
Saturday 20th June 2015 1:20am Gold
Monday 17th August 2015 11:40pm Gold
Tuesday 18th August 2015 2:30am Gold
Sunday 8th November 2015 11:40pm Gold
Monday 9th November 2015 2:20am Gold
Sunday 28th February 2016 1:55am Gold
Friday 14th October 2016 12:25am Gold
Saturday 15th October 2016 12:25am Gold
Saturday 25th February 2017 1:15am Gold
Monday 15th May 2017 1:00am Gold

Cast & crew

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
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
Mel Nortcliffe 1st Assistant Director

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