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 6 - Vel

Arbiter Maven stoops to new lows in his attempt to join Jinsy's intellectual elite. Doesn't he know that cheats never prosper? With Jane Horrocks and Don Warrington.

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This Is Jinsy. Mrs Stenton (Jane Horrocks). Copyright: The Welded Tandem Picture Company.

Under the watchful eye of the Chief Thinker (Don Warrington), Jinsy's Cranial Lodge has become a haven for the island's intellectual elite. A breeding ground for innovation and philosophical debate, membership is reserved for only the most forward-thinking islanders. Needless to say, Maven is still awaiting an invite.

What's more, he's the only arbiter in the island's history not to have been asked to join - a fact that is proving a source of great consternation to him. Not even his inflatable shorts could convince the panel of his suitability.

But things are about to go from bad to worse for Jinsy's arbiter. Still reeling from his latest rejection, Maven discovers it's time for his annual inspection of the White Apron Playgroup - a place populated by funny little dwarf people (known to some as children).

Benefiting from the leadership of kooky headmistress Mrs Stenton (Jane Horrocks) and her glove puppet Tiddly-Eye, White Apron is one of the island's finest educational establishments, offering advanced courses in bullying, ample cigarette machines, and an on-site school prostitute for the older boys. It may also be about to provide an unlikely solution to Maven's Cranial Lodge problem.

In anticipation of his visit, Mrs Stenton has had her pupils prepare a 'Visions of the Fu-charrr' display to show off their latest inventions, from the gentleman's apple holder to the musical vest. The only question for Maven is: which one to steal and pass off as his own?

On Sporall's advice, Maven settles on the ingenious creation of a young bully-magnet named Caravel Didd-Onion (Marek Larwood). Enlisting his assistant's help for a midnight raid of the school, Maven puts his plan to impress the Cranial Lodge elders into action.

But does Sporall really have Maven's best interests at heart? And, even if it works, will the island's brightest minds really be fooled by the arbiter's scheme? It seems that only one thing is certain - cheaters never prosper... or, at least, not in the way they'd like to.

Are you a fan of pipes? Then why not visit Hoofan - the parish of pipes. From sewage pipes to the children's pipe orchestra, Hoofan has the pipes to meet all your piping needs. And even if you don't like pipes, there are now designated viewing areas where only three or four hundred pipes are visible. So what are you waiting for? Those pipes won't look at themselves...

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 17th October 2011
Time
10:15pm
Channel
Sky Atlantic
Length
30 minutes

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    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
    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
    Jane Horrocks Mrs Stenton
    Marek Larwood Caravel Didd-Onion
    Don Warrington Chief Thinker
    Kip O'Sullivan Child Maven
    Luke Jackson Clark Child Sporall
    Reeus Sugden Child Sentry Boy
    Jack O'Connor White Apron Boy #1
    Ceallach Spellman White Apron Boy #2
    Jake Pratt Tap Dancer
    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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