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Chris Bran ...
 Sporall / ... (17 episodes, 2010-2014)
Justin Chubb ...
 Maven / ... (17 episodes, 2010-2014)
Geoffrey McGivern ...
 Trince (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Soosan Noop (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Jinsy Player (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Jinsy Player (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
Dave Mounfield ...
 Jinsy Player / ... (15 episodes, 2010-2014)
David Hatton ...
 Tracee Henge (14 episodes, 2010-2014)
Janine Duvitski ...
 Mrs. Goadion / ... (13 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Miss Reason / ... (11 episodes, 2011-2014)
Ian Hughes ...
 Jinsy Player / ... (9 episodes, 2011-2014)
Angela Curran ...
 Jinsy Player (8 episodes, 2011)
Jiggy Bhore ...
 Jinsy Player (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Jinsy Player (7 episodes, 2011)
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The series follows Arbiter Maven (the 17th Arbiter and 'Wearer of the Hat') and Operative Sporall (nice hair and 'Wearer of the Beige Suit') as they keep a close eye on the 791 residents of Jinsy from the Great Tower in the parish of Veen. Life on the island is rather Orwellian: each colourful member of the community is monitored by a surveillance system of tessellators, from local folk dribbler Melody Lane to weather monk Tracee Henge. The tessellators include video cameras for surveillance, but also little screens to allow the residents to watch important island events, such as the tri-annual island cow wash (live from Glotters field). Additionally, they include a handy slot for paying fines, and a sphincter nozzle for product and pill downloads. Notably, each episode of This Is Jinsy features a notable guest star actor. Some of the biggest names in comedy - from Stephen Fry to Olivia Colman - have appeared in the show.

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The best British comedy for years
30 October 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The songwriting skills of Neil Innes at his best, the intelligent madness of Spike Milligan and an inventiveness that defies description, these are just a few of the elements that make This is Jinsy the best British comedy for many years. Justin Chubb and Chris Bran are to be congratulated on an original character based comedy that has joined sit-com to sketch-show with a joyful confidence and utter success under the superb direction of Matt Lipsey. The series is supported by a surreal design team led by Nic Pallace the captures an entire world of insane parallel development.

The highlights are almost too numerous to mention, but gold stars have to go to the entirely too believable civil service banter and by-play between the two main protagonists that occasionally riffs on Yes, Minister for the niceties of political structure formalities; Harry Hill as the sadistic Dominatrix punishment manager; The Jinsy Singers for some entirely too complex harmonies; Alice Lowe as the darkly frustrated yet interestingly sensual Tessellator engineer; the narcoleptic historian; David Hatton as the Weather Monk Tracee Henge, surely Spike Milligan on top Goon Show gibberish form reincarnated; songs you find yourself humming three weeks later; Simon Callow, Kevin Eldon, Jane Horrocks, Nigel Planer, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, David Tennant and Don Warrington completely off the wall in guest roles.

It all makes a kind of mad sense, suspension of disbelief is entirely too easy, not to mention enjoyable as you immerse yourself in a very different normality. You can't help but laugh all the way through, each episode has gem moments, but the overall absurdity is a giggle form start to finish. Bravo, more please.


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