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.

Episode menu

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 11th October 2011 3:05am Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 11th October 2011 8:00pm Sky Atlantic
Friday 14th October 2011 11:35pm Sky Atlantic
Saturday 15th October 2011 10:15pm Sky Atlantic
Sunday 16th October 2011 10:50pm Sky Atlantic
Thursday 22nd December 2011 10:00pm Sky Atlantic
Sunday 25th December 2011 2:45am Sky Atlantic
Monday 20th August 2012 10:40pm Sky Atlantic
Thursday 23rd August 2012 10:35pm Sky Atlantic
Friday 24th August 2012 4:20am Sky Atlantic
Saturday 25th August 2012 1:40am Sky Atlantic
Saturday 25th August 2012 10:35pm Sky Atlantic
Monday 17th November 2014 2:15am Sky Atlantic
Monday 8th December 2014 2:25am Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 9th December 2014 2:25am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 11th December 2014 2:20am Sky Atlantic

Cast & crew

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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