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 8 - Kelpman

Brian Murphy and Colin Hoult guest star as Maven finds himself stranded, humiliated and at the mercy of a mysterious, seaweed-based beast.

Further details

This Is Jinsy. Melty Harris (Brian Murphy). Copyright: The Welded Tandem Picture Company

With the tension in Jinsy's favourite costume drama, Pameric, reaching fever pitch (who did put the silt in Jessie's bedpan?), Maven is looking forward to an entertaining night in front of the tessellator. But the arrival of the obnoxious Seebry Mungerton (Colin Hoult) and his Sporall-a-like sidekick Warell at the tower soon put a dampener on the arbiter's plans.

The Great He has ordained that Maven and Sporall should travel to the remote Lickhou Island to attend to a broken tessellator, leaving Seebry to run the Tower in their absence. If that wasn't bad enough, Maven's to be accompanied by the island's self-appointed, and permanently drunk, cartographer Melty Harris (Brian Murphy). On the plus side, Harris has spent his entire adult life mapping out Jinsy's landscape, so may be of use as a guide on their trip. Then again, given he's based his map on the contours of his ex-lovers, maybe not.

But if his directions can't help them, maybe his local knowledge can. Upon arrival, Harris reveals a chilling tale about the Kelpman of Lickhou - a hideous creature, half-man, half-seaweed, who creeps up behind you, ruffles your hair and then sucks your brains out through your ears.

Fearing for his luscious curls, Maven wants to get off the island as quickly as possible. Sporall, meanwhile, is more concerned with what lies beyond the island - past the outer reaches of Jinsy's protective nets. However, neither of them are going anywhere - the tide cuts them off from the mainland and safety, leaving them to face an uncertain fate at the hands of this mysterious monster.

Meanwhile in the Tower, Seebry is growing wild with power. Not content with stuffing his face with takeaways, introducing draconian laws and generally ignoring the Great He, he decides to broadcast Maven's plight on Lickhou to the entire island. And so, facing death and unaware he is being watched by every single person on Jinsy, Maven decides this is the perfect moment to open up about his most intimate and embarrassing secrets.

Will this be the end of Maven? Will Sporall escape and become the first person to leave the island? And is Melty really as daft as he seems? One thing's for certain - the islanders can't take their eyes off the screens. Jinsy will never be the same again.

Broadcast details

Monday 31st October 2011
Sky Atlantic
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 1st November 2011 2:35am Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 1st November 2011 8:30pm Sky Atlantic
Friday 4th November 2011 11:30pm Sky Atlantic
Saturday 5th November 2011 10:05pm Sky Atlantic
Sunday 6th November 2011 11:25pm Sky Atlantic
Thursday 22nd December 2011 11:30pm Sky Atlantic
Monday 2nd January 2012 3:30am Sky Atlantic
Monday 10th September 2012 10:30pm Sky Atlantic
Thursday 13th September 2012 11:30pm Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 10:30am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 1st January 2015 2:10am Sky Atlantic
Monday 5th January 2015 2:10am 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
Lizzie Roper Ensemble Actor
Adam Gillen Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Brian Murphy Melty Harris
Colin Hoult Seebry Mungerton
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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