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 5 - Nameworm

Threcker, an officious ex-teacher of Maven's who delights in tormenting Jinsy's arbiter, visits the island.

Further details

This Is Jinsy. Image shows from L to R: Sporall (Chris Bran), Man With No Nameworm (Nigel Planer), Threcker (Simon Callow), Maven (Justin Chubb). Copyright: The Welded Tandem Picture Company.

Winter has well and truly arrived on Jinsy, with ice levels currently somewhere between Christopher's knee and Tony's thigh. While a bitter snow storm rages outside, Maven is snuggled up in his chalet enjoying his favourite boardgame with Trince (who, like the storm, is outside).

Unfortunately for Jinsy's arbiter, duty calls. The death of Betti Jeven during the weekly Meat Quiz means Maven must abandon the comfort of his adult 'onesie' and recycle her nameworm (the small invertebrate that lives in the gut and gives each resident their name). After death, it's imperative that the worm is extracted and inserted into the island's newest baby so that the name can live on.

But the bad news doesn't end there. Overseeing the procedure will be Mr Threcker (Simon Callow) - an officious ex-teacher of Maven's who delights in tormenting Jinsy's arbiter. And with the next incumbent of the nameworm snowed in on the other side of the island, it's up to Maven, Sporall and Threcker to brave the elements to deliver the nameworm themselves.

It's not long before the intrepid party are horribly lost on Jinsy's snowy wastelands. Worse still, Maven's shoes are starting to rub. However, with hope dwindling, they stumble across a miniature chalet in Jinsy's abandoned model village. The gang pile inside in search of shelter and warmth, only to find... well there are no words to describe what they find... quite literally in fact, since they find a man with no nameworm (Nigel Planer).

Could this happy little accident mean that things might actually end well for Maven for once? Or will a terrible mix-up leave Jinsy's arbiter facing a gruelling surgical procedure involving a powerful suction device and his rear end?

This episode takes us to the Moosic Tavern for an evening of Sandy's Choice (a kind of Jinsy's Got Talent). Judging the musical stylings of the regimental gentleman, Retch and Hoik, will, as ever, be Sandy, an enigmatic golden retriever whose paw hovers tantanlisingly over the green 'Woof' button or the red 'Enoof' one. Will it be paws up or paws down from Sandy for the two old duffers?

Broadcast details

Monday 10th October 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
    Adam Gillen Ensemble Actor
    Guest cast
    Simon Callow Threcker
    Nigel Planer Man With No Nameworm
    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

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