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 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.

Further details

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

Monday 17th October 2011
Sky Atlantic
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 18th October 2011 3:10am Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 18th October 2011 8:00pm Sky Atlantic
Friday 21st October 2011 11:30pm Sky Atlantic
Saturday 22nd October 2011 10:15pm Sky Atlantic
Sunday 23rd October 2011 10:50pm Sky Atlantic
Thursday 22nd December 2011 10:30pm Sky Atlantic
Sunday 1st January 2012 4:10am Sky Atlantic
Monday 27th August 2012 11:00pm Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 28th August 2012 3:10am Sky Atlantic
Wednesday 29th August 2012 12:45am Sky Atlantic
Friday 31st August 2012 12:20am 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
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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