This Is Jinsy. Image shows from L to R: Maven (Justin Chubb), Sporall (Chris Bran). Copyright: The Welded Tandem Picture Company.

This Is Jinsy

Sky Atlantic and BBC Three sitcom set on a surreal island. 17 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2010 - 2014. Stars Justin Chubb, Chris Bran, Alice Lowe, Geoffrey McGivern and others.

This Is Jinsy. Image shows from L to R: Trince (Geoffrey McGivern), Maven (Justin Chubb), Sporall (Chris Bran), Soosan Noop (Alice Lowe). Copyright: The Welded Tandem Picture Company.

This Is Jinsy

Surreal comedy set on a fictional island inhabited by a range of oddball characters. Created by Chris Bran and Justin Chubb

2010 - 2014
Sky Atlantic, BBC Three
17   (1 pilot + 2 series), plus 1 highlights special
Justin Chubb, Chris Bran, Alice Lowe, Geoffrey McGivern, Janine Duvitski, David Hatton, Harry Hill, Greg Davies and others
Chris Bran and Justin Chubb
Matt Lipsey
James Dean, Chris Carey and Margot Gavan Duffy

This Is Jinsy started life as a pilot on BBC Three, but has now been turned into a full show by Sky.

The series follows Arbiter Maven (the 17th Arbiter and 'Wearer of the Hat') and Operative Sporall (nice hair and 'Wearer of the Beige Suit') as they keep a close eye on the 791 residents of Jinsy from the Great Tower in the parish of Veen.

Life on the island is rather Orwellian: each colourful member of the community is monitored by a surveillance system of tessellators, from local folk dribbler Melody Lane to weather monk Tracee Henge.

The tessellators include video cameras for surveillance, but also little screens to allow the residents to watch important island events, such as the tri-annual island cow wash (live from Glotters field). Additionally, they include a handy slot for paying fines, and a sphincter nozzle for product and pill downloads.

Notably, each episode of This Is Jinsy features a notable guest star actor. Some of the biggest names in comedy - from Stephen Fry to Olivia Colman - have appeared in the show.

Production Details

Production company
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 1st March 2010 on BBC Three at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 12th February 2014 on Sky Atlantic at 10:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 5th January 2015 at 1:40am

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