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 7 - Zoop

With the pig postal system already causing him major stress, Maven is forced to deal with a renegade thrash-folk band and its enigmatic leader.

Further details

This Is Jinsy. Maven (Justin Chubb). Copyright: The Welded Tandem Picture Company.

It's hard to believe that a postal system, which consists of pigs delivering parcels by sniffing the scent of their recipients could possibly go wrong. Yet that is the situation facing Maven. There have been incorrect deliveries all week, leaving Jinsy's arbiter with a porky problem that could take all night to solve.

But while Maven is planning to slave the night away in the Tower, his assistant Sporall is heading to the Moosic Tavern, where folk-thrash band, Mool Perpya, are set to perform. Dressed in wicker masks and led by mysterious rock god The Zoop, the band epitomise cool on Jinsy. The same can't be said of Maven, however, after his impromptu arrival at the tavern only elicits laughter and derision. Perhaps it has something to do with his flared safari suit and Cuban heels combo.

But the laughs don't last long. Maven promptly bans the band under a sub-section of the Ear Protection Charter. With that problem solved, he's free to turn his attention to the post office, where kindly postmistress Mrs Oon (Marcia Warren) seems frustratingly indifferent to his postal concerns. While waiting to speak to Oon, however, Maven discovers Mool Perpya are planning an illegal gig at Doker's Quarry, and goes into a tailspin. Perhaps some of Mrs Oon's special 'something and apricot' soup will calm him down. Then again, given its psychedelic properties, perhaps it won't.

With their arbiter as high as a kite and the illegal concert in full swing, the people of Jinsy are in a state of revelry. But nothing can prepare them for what's to come, as Maven takes to the stage to give the performance of a lifetime. It may not be pretty, but it's guaranteed to boil your ears...

The Voice of Miss Reason (Jennifer Saunders) is a familiar sound to all 791 of Jinsy's residents, making regular announcements via the tessellators. Whether it's the declaration of a jumper amnesty or warnings of a severe hotwave hitting the island, she keeps locals in the loop about island life.

Broadcast details

Monday 24th 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
    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
    Marcia Warren Mrs Oon
    Johnny Hartland-Smith Axe Murderer
    Grace Carey Little Girl
    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


    This is Jinsy - Soup of the Gods

    Maven, tripping out on soup, ends up singing on stage.

    Featuring: Justin Chubb (Maven).


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