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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.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 358

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The 50 best TV comedies of all time - ranked

From cult classics to sitcom royalty, we've assembled the definitive list of TV comedy greats - but has Mrs. Brown's Boys made the grade?

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 20th June 2024

The 25 funniest Christmas comedy TV specials of all time

The comedy special is as much a part of British Christmas as a family row and mountains of sprouts. This year, comedy shows from Motherland and The Detectorists to Mrs Brown's Boys and Ghosts are returning with festive specials to round off 2022. To celebrate, we countdown the greatest 25 Christmas comedy specials of all time.

Tom Fordy, The Telegraph, 23rd December 2022

League Of Gentlemen signs being sold at auction

The signs, which include the famous "Welcome to Royston Vasey. You'll Never leave!", "Local Shop" and "Babs Cabs", are the work of former TV, film and theatre set designer the late David Hill. At the time the show was being made he lived in Hadfield, Derbyshire - the village where The League Of Gentlemen was filmed between 1999 and 2002.

George Bunn, Staffordshire Live, 16th June 2021

Reece Shearsmith interview

The actor-writer talks to James Mottram about spending two weeks in a secluded forest for the new Ben Wheatley film, the snobbery around sketch shows, and why it was 'horrifying'hat people thought the character of Papa Lazarou was racially inspired.

James Mottram, The Independent, 13th June 2021

No good comedy will survive the progressive purge

Comedy is cancelled. Or rather, comedy that doesn't "reflect the times" is cancelled, which in practice is the same thing. According to the BBC, Little Britain will no longer be available on iPlayer because "times have changed". Netflix has followed suit, adding Matt Lucas and David Walliams' other recent hit, Come Fly with Me, as well as The League Of Gentlemen to the banned list for good measure.

Tim Dawson, The Telegraph, 11th June 2020

TLOG & Boosh stay on BBC iPlayer after Netflix removal

The League of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh are to remain on the BBC iPlayer despite being removed from Netflix amid objections about the use of blackface.

BBC, 11th June 2020

Netflix censors comedy shows, solves police brutality

Apparently cancelling The League of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh was the key to solving racism all along.

Spiked, 11th June 2020

Little Britain removed from streaming platforms

Hit BBC Three sketch show Little Britain has been removed from many streaming platforms, reportedly due to its use of cross-dressing and portrayals of ethnic minorities.

British Comedy Guide, 9th June 2020

BBC makes comedy sets available as Zoom backgrounds

If those endless tedious Zoom meetings are getting you down the BBC has done something that might spice them up. They have made their archive of images of sets available to use as online meeting backdrops. These include sets from The League of Gentlemen, Yes Minister, The Young Ones, Only Fools and Horses and Dad's Army.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 13th May 2020

Poll reveals the best sitcom Christmas specials

The finale of The Office has been voted as the best TV Christmas sitcom special by readers of Radio Times.

British Comedy Guide, 11th December 2019

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