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 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


    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
    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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