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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 sitcom. 18 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2010 - 2014. Stars Justin Chubb, Jiggy Bhore, Ian Hughes, Chris Bran, Alice Lowe, Geoffrey McGivern, Janine Duvitski and others.

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
18   (1 pilot + 2 series)
Justin Chubb, Jiggy Bhore, Ian Hughes, Chris Bran, Alice Lowe, Geoffrey McGivern, Janine Duvitski, David Hatton 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.

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