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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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Is it an island or is it a lunatic asylum?
19 October 2011 | by (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

Daily Greet! "This is Jinsy" is a surreal, satirical, ever-humorous look at life on an island administered by craven Arbiter Maven (Justin Chubb) and his ever-cynical assistant Sporrall (Chris Bran) by way of tessallators in every chalet and field. They labor in a Tower and under the sometimes bewildering eye of The Great He.

The tessallators, which look like a cross between a parking meter and an oscilloscope, spy on residents and also broadcast a range of light entertainment including island folk dibbler Melody Lane ("What's in my Handbag Today", "Types of Wood"), Weather Monk Tracee Henge ("Brrrr!" "Thud!", "Gentle Wafting!") and Sandy's Choice (a talent competition hosted by a dog).

The tessallators are also used to dispense justice to inebriates, petty thieves and other ne'er do wells by way of mild electrical shocks which honestly do wear off after several days and have only set a few small fires. One of the highest rated shows on Jinsy is "Punishment Roundup", hosted by a delightfully evil Joon Boolay (Harry Hill) who never seems to get tired of suspending dance vouchers and administering electricals!

Sporall and Maven are supported by Soosan Noop (Alice Lowe), their nearsighted tech, and Trinch (Geoffrey McGivern), who labors in the Law Caves under a stalactite. The Jinsy players round out the population of the island, constantly changing knitwear, wigs and genders to add to the surrealism.

Guest stars are also on hand to add to the lunacy. Especially funny are David Tennant as Mr. Slightlyman, Peter Serafinowicz as Eric Dunt, K.T. Tunstall as Briian Raggatan and Susan Horrocks as Mrs. Stenton.

Whether Maven and Sporrall are inadvertently exposing corruption in the island's wedding lottery, beheading an Ool bat, finding the way of the cupboard, making sure the spoons are clean or transferring name worms, "This is Jinsy" is always good for a laugh and repeated singing of the catchy songs (It's cold and it's wet and it looks just like an onion...").

Nightly Bye!


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