The League of Gentlemen: Season 2, Episode 7

The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special (27 Dec. 2000)

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Alone in the chapel of hope on Christmas Eve Reverend Bernice hates Christmas,since her mother was carried off by Papa Lazarou disguised as Santa Claus when she was a child. She has three ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Jeremy Dyson ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Arnold ...
Victorian Gentleman with Fox
Frances Cox ...
Mrs. Trevethick
Rusty Goffe ...
Simba
Ian Griffiths ...
Mr. Bingle Bangle
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Dr. Magnus Purblind
Jon Key ...
Tik-Tik
Andrew Melville ...
Old Matthew Parker
Gerald Staddon ...
Pebble
Joby Talbot ...
Victorian Gentleman with sheep
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Donna
Judith Vause ...
Masked Woman
Bay White ...
Mrs. Huxtable
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Alone in the chapel of hope on Christmas Eve Reverend Bernice hates Christmas,since her mother was carried off by Papa Lazarou disguised as Santa Claus when she was a child. She has three visitors. The first is Charlie Hull,convinced from his recurring nightmare that his wife Stella is using a voodoo coven called the Solutions to stop him winning the line-dance contest. Then an old man who visited Herr Lipp and his wife in 1975 recounts the saga of Lipp's fascination with cute young choirboy Matthew and his belief that Lipp was a vampire. Finally Chinnery comes to unburden himself as to why he is such a bad vet. In Victorian times his great-great-grandfather,the finest vet in England,came to Royston Vasey but was tricked into touching the wrong monkey's testicle,as a result of which all succeeding vets in the family have been cursed. Bernice feels happier after consoling Chinnery but she is unaware that history is about to repeat itself. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Charlie Hull: I've been having these funny dreams.
Reverend Bernice Woodall: You shouldn't be having sticky duvet at your age!
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) See more »

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Yule never leave.
16 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After losing my DVD of the Comedy group The League of Gentlemen's BBC Christmas special last year just before the 25th of December,I decided that for this year,I would make up for my earlier mistake,by watching the residence of Royston Vasyley's warped festive celebrations,just before the never leaving yuletide season begins.

The plot:

Note:due to the special featuring 4 stories,I have decided to spilt the outline into 4 sections.

Story 1:Christmas Eve.

Having lost her sense of Christmas spirit since witnessing her mum get kidnapped by a strange man dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve,Reverend Bernice Woodall's plans to close her church doors early,are blocked,when three deeply distressed individual's each pay a last minute visit to Bernice,to get advice from Woodall about the strange X-Mas's that they have experienced.

Story 2:

Hoping for some dream interpretation advice from Bernice,Charlie Hull begins to talk about a recurring nightmare that he has recently been having,in relation to an upcoming line dancing competition.Taking advice from their daughter Julie to find a hobby for both of them to do that could save their marriage,Charlie and Stella decide to join a line dancing group.Hating the idea the moment that they begin training,Stella quits the group,as Charlie begins to feel that he is finding his grove.Witnessing Charlie reach the local line dancing championship final,Stella decides to contact a mysterious group,who clam that they will be able to stop Charlie from stepping out of line ever again.

Story 3:Duisburg-1975.

Coming over from England to join Herr Lipp's all boy's church choir in Germany for their upcoming Christmas concert,Matthew Parker is given the opportunity to stay with Lipp and his wife in their house,as they rehearse for the upcoming concert.Fearing that Herr Lipp may not be all that he seems,Parker begins to suspect that Lipp is hiding a dark secret,when he wakes up,with his neck covered in vampire bite marks.

Story 4:London-1895:

Hailed as one of the greatest vets in the world,Dr.Edmund Chinnery changes his plans to spend Christmas with his family,when he is given the offer of joining the UK's leading veterney team.Getting off a train in a small town in the north of England called Royston Vasley,Edmund stays in the house of a fellow vet,who promises to get the documents which will make Chinnery an official partner in the firm.Being banned from entering one room of the house,due to its resident being an elusive individual,Chinnery decides to go against his better judgement,when he starts to hear strange noises coming from the room.

View on the special:

Being given the opportunity to not use a canned laughter track for the first time,co-writer/(along with cast members Mark Gatiss,Jeremy Dyson and Reece Shearsmith)director Steve Bendelack soaks the special in a tremendous Horror atmosphere.Giving each of the stories contrasting atmospheres,Bendelack gradually burns all of the colourful Christmas decorations,as the special reaches its Gothic Horror peak.

Filling every corner of the teleplay with excellent nods to all mediums of Horror fiction,the writers smartly make sure that the references always stay in the background,so that the delightfully deranged characters are allowed to take centre stage.Along with giving each of the stories a bubbling Gothic atmosphere,which allows for the unleashing of deadly stings,the writers also show a deadly eye for attacking the darkest Black Comedy veins,which along with emphasising the chilling Horror mood,also makes this a special that " Yule" never want to forget.


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