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

This Is Jinsy

  • TV sitcom
  • Sky Atlantic / BBC Three
  • 2010 - 2014
  • 17 episodes (2 series)

Surreal comedy set on a fictional island inhabited by a range of oddball characters. Created by Chris Bran and Justin Chubb. Stars Justin Chubb, Chris Bran, Alice Lowe, Geoffrey McGivern, Janine Duvitski and more.

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Series 1, Episode 3 - Beardboy

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

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 27th September 2011 8:00pm Sky Atlantic
Friday 30th September 2011 11:30pm Sky Atlantic
Saturday 1st October 2011 10:00pm Sky Atlantic
Monday 3rd October 2011 4:40am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 22nd December 2011 2:50am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 22nd December 2011 9:00pm Sky Atlantic
Monday 6th August 2012 11:05pm Sky Atlantic
Friday 10th August 2012 1:10am Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 25th November 2014 2:20am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 27th November 2014 2:20am Sky Atlantic
Saturday 29th November 2014 2:10am Sky Atlantic

Cast & crew

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), Alice Lowe (Soosan Noop) & Catherine Tate (Roopina Crale).

Melody Lane's Hygiene Song

Let Melody Lane serenade you about your heinous hygienic missteps.

Featuring: Justin Chubb.

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