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.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Wedding Lottery

It is wedding lottery time again on Jinsy and residents are making frantic last-minute preparations before being randomly assigned new partners for the next three cycles.

Further details

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

It's wedding lottery time again on Jinsy and residents are making frantic last-minute preparations before being randomly assigned new partners for the next three cycles. Forcing complete strangers to marry is not only one of the island's finest traditions, it's also the most effective way of keeping the breed pool clean.

While ordinary Jinsy folk pack their belongings into gender crates and say goodbye to their current spouses, arbiter Maven is hatching a plan from the comfort of the Tower. Always keen to build good public relations, he's decided that either he or Sporall should enter the lottery this time. But since arbiters are immune from the marital bingo, it seems as though Sporall's going to be the one to do it.

Although Sporall may feel anxious about his uncertain fate, for most islanders, it's an exciting time - not only do they get to see Maven wearing his ceremonial leotard, there's also a chance to get up close to local celebrity Mr Slightlyman (David Tennant), an outrageously camp wedding planner with a penchant for plastic surgery. As well as being one of the wealthiest and most recognisable faces on the island, Slightyman is also 'Master of Balls' - overseeing the lottery draw and revealing the all-important love matches to the islanders.

But as the eagerly anticipated draw approaches, Sporall begins to suspect that all is not what it seems. Could Slightlyman be hiding something behind his surgically enhanced veneer?

A regular feature of life on Jinsy is the Punishment Round-up - not only is it a quick and effective way of maintaining order, it also makes great tessellator viewing for the island's residents. Each week, punishments are dispensed by the strangely alluring yet devilishly sinister Joon Boolay (Harry Hill). Whether it's the suspension of dance vouchers or simply a mild electrical, Ms Boolay decides the punishment to fit the crime.

Notes

The first broadcast of this episode received 51,700 viewers - a 200% increase on the slot average.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 19th September 2011
Time
10:10pm
Channel
Sky Atlantic
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Justin Chubb Maven
Chris Bran Sporall
Alice Lowe Soosan Noop
Geoffrey McGivern (as Geoff McGivern) Trince
Janine Duvitski Mrs Goadion
Harry Hill Joon Boolay
Jennifer Saunders Miss Reason (Voice)
Chris Bran Ensemble Actor
Justin Chubb Ensemble Actor
Angela Curran Ensemble Actor
Tim Downie Ensemble Actor
Emma Kennedy Ensemble Actor
Dave Mounfield (as David Mounfield) Ensemble Actor
Lizzie Roper Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
David Tennant Mr Slightlyman
Michael Walter Wendi
Writing team
Chris Bran Writer
Justin Chubb Writer
Emma Kennedy Script Editor
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
James Dean Producer
Chris Carey Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer

Video

David Tennant in This Is Jinsy

David Tennant guest stars in This Is Jinsy as local celebrity Mr Slightlyman, an outrageously camp wedding planner with a penchant for plastic surgery.

Featuring: Justin Chubb (Maven), David Tennant (Mr Slightlyman), Chris Bran (Sporall).

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