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 2 - Cupboards

It's been ten days since the Great He last made contact, and Arbiter Maven is starting to worry.

Further details

This Is Jinsy. Image shows from L to R: Eric Dunt (Peter Serafinowicz), Maven (Justin Chubb). Copyright: The Welded Tandem Picture Company.

Fortunately, while undergoing a spot of personal grooming, Maven discovers a mysterious message hidden in his nasal hair trimmings that predicts a very important visitor will soon arrive on Jinsy. The note also claims the visitor will have something to do with doors.

As fate would have it, at that precise moment, seedy cupboard salesman Eric Dunt (Peter Serafinowicz) appears on the tessellator touting his second-rate wares - urging people to 'open the doors'. Convinced it's a sign from on high Maven encourages the entire population of Jinsy to descend on Doker's Quarry to give praise to their chosen one.

With the islanders now unexpectedly in his thrall, the conniving Dunt realises he can make a killing selling competitively priced storage solutions to his fanatical followers. As a cult of cupboards sweeps the land and crowds surge to get their hands on his flat packs, it seems nothing can stop Dunt, as he preaches a gospel of nuts, bolts and the importance of leaving wood glue to dry overnight.

It seems only Sporall is unconvinced by Dunt's credentials - he doesn't even have a beard after all. And when he spots the love of his life, Soosan, in bed with Eric, Sporall is more determined than ever to get to the bottom of the cupboard phenomenon. Can he expose Dunt for what he really is or will his secret remain in the closet?

Continuing Jinsy's long-standing musical tradition, this episode features the outstanding ditty Types of Wood, performed by local folk dribbler Melody Lane.


The first broadcast of this episode got 40,800 viewers.

Broadcast details

Monday 19th September 2011
Sky Atlantic
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
    David Hatton Tracee Henge
    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
    Peter Serafinowicz Eric Dunt
    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
    Charlie Phillips Editor
    Joe Randall-Cutler Editor
    Nic Pallace Production Designer
    Tim Bran Composer


    Peter Serafinowicz's Hanging Space

    Peter Serafinowicz stars in This is Jinsy as a rather persuasive cupboard salesman...

    Featuring: Justin Chubb (Maven), Peter Serafinowicz (Eric Dunt), Chris Bran (Sporall).


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