Royston Vasey: It may look like every other bleak town you're ever seen, but it's the locals you have to worry about…
Tubbs and Edward - the pig-nosed proprietors of the Local Shop who don't like change, in fact, they don't give change.
Geoff, Mike and Brian - they are local businessmen and best friends, although Geoff hates Mike. He also hates Brian.
Pauline - the town's monstrously unsympathetic Restart Officer for whom the unemployed are a sad waste of skin.
And that's not the half of them.
"In some grim and isolated corner of northern England lurks the town of Royston Vasey, where the local cab driver is a hirsute preoperative transsexual, the local butcher sells his special stuff to select customers, and the local employment counselor thinks people are like pens: "If they don't work, you shake 'em. If they still don't work, you chuck 'em away!" But if you're not local, you should steer clear of the local shop, no matter how tempted you are by its precious things.
To call The League of Gentlemen a black comedy would be an understatement. Its bleak humor owes as much to Samuel Beckett as it does to Monty Python, so those who like their laughs served warm are in for a shock. The show is the most wickedly inventive comedy to come out of Britain since Eddie and Patsy staggered onto our screens in Absolutely Fabulous, and like that groundbreaking series it proudly ignores the boundaries of good taste. Part sketch comedy, part bizarre soap opera, the narrative jumps back and forth between more than a dozen major characters, all played by the three performers who cowrote the show. These characters range from the odd--a vet who accidentally kills all of his patients--to the thoroughly disturbing, like Edward and Tubbs, the inbred proprietors of the Local Shop, who are willing to go to any lengths to prevent the building of a new road through their beloved town.
As the series progresses many of the plot threads begin to twist together, revealing hints that some deeper and more sinister plot might be unfolding in Royston Vasey. The League of Gentlemen manages to be both hilarious and chilling, thanks to the terrific writing and performances that are as subtle as they are grotesque. You have never seen anything like The League of Gentlemen, but like butcher Hilary Briss's special customers, you're sure to be back for more."--Simon Leake
- Character biographies
- Cast and director commentary
- Photo gallery
- Over 20 minutes of unseen material