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 3 - Beardboy

Jinsy's annual celebration of facial fur is thrown into disarray when a mysterious assailant starts nibbling beards.

Further details

This Is Jinsy. Image shows from L to R: Roopina Crale (Catherine Tate), Maven (Justin Chubb). Copyright: The Welded Tandem Picture Company.

Jinsy's annual Beardboy competition is usually a time for celebration, as residents gather to show off their gloriously eclectic range of beards. But with a mysterious beard nibbler on the loose, many are living in fear for their facial fur. The police are throwing all their resources at finding the culprit. But with attacks becoming more frequent, it seems nobody is safe.

Nibbled beards, however, are the least of Maven's concerns. Roopina Crale (Catherine Tate), Chief Editor of Glove Hygiene Monthly, is due to interview him as a potential for next month's cover. No other magazine so brilliantly captures the cleansing, maintenance and bleaching of the executive man mitten, so Maven is understandably keen to impress. The Tower is spotless, his hands thoroughly cleansed, and he's been working on some pretty exciting hand poses, from the invisible ball to the weeping spider.

However, despite Maven's best-laid plans, the interview is a disaster - ruined by the untimely arrival of Sporall and a mud-splattered goat named Nathan that seems to have taken a shine to him. But Nathan has not only landed the Sporall in trouble with his arbiter, the police are on his tail too. Could he be harbouring the nibbler?

As the police make their move on Sporall, Maven tries to win back favour with Roopina by inviting her to Jinsy's new Hygiene Bar. But, once again, the meeting does not go to plan. Could Roopina be hiding something behind her impeccably primped facade?

Jinsy island is divided into a number of Parishes, with Brownlap being one of its most popular (and Kraw the least, by some way). You can visit Grassworld, the Incredible Singing Stump and the legendary Nose Stone. And no trip to Brownlap is complete without a detour to the Mystery Pond...

Broadcast details

Monday 26th 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
    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
    Adam Gillen Ensemble Actor
    Guest cast
    Catherine Tate Roopina Crale
    Ian Hughes (as Ian 'Pebbles' Hughes) Nibbled Man #1
    Jake Mayle Nibbled Man #2
    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


    Catherine Tate in This Is Jinsy

    Roopina Crale visits The Hygiene Bar with Maven.

    Featuring: Justin Chubb (Maven), Catherine Tate (Roopina Crale), Alice Lowe (Soosan Noop).

    Melody Lane's Hygiene Song

    Let Melody Lane serenade you about your heinous hygienic missteps.

    Featuring: Justin Chubb.


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