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The League of Gentlemen 

An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.
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Series cast summary:
Mark Gatiss ...  Various Characters / ... 22 episodes, 1999-2017
Steve Pemberton ...  Tubbs Tattsyrup / ... 21 episodes, 1999-2017
Reece Shearsmith ...  Edward Tattsyrup / ... 21 episodes, 1999-2017
Jeremy Dyson ...  Various Characters / ... 11 episodes, 1999-2002
Paul Hays-Marshall Paul Hays-Marshall ...  Barbara Dixon 9 episodes, 1999-2000
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An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.

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19 June 2000 (USA) See more »

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Liga džentlmena See more »

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(18 episodes) | (1 episode)

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1.78 : 1
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Named for the 1960 crime film starring Jack Hawkins and Richard Attenborough. See more »

Quotes

Pauline: Some of us, like Ross here, will want to follow in their father's footsteps... but you can't sign on forever.
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For the Christmas special, Papa Lazarou yells "Merry Christmas" during the credits, and his eyes appear at the very end of the credits. See more »

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Referenced in The Ralf Little Show: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »

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The Christmas Special
2 November 2003 | by msquaredSee all my reviews

The League of Gentlemen is one of the most consistently entertaining series of recent years. Without a doubt, its finest hour (literally) came in the Christmas Special. This hour-long TV movie is based on the Amicus "portmanteau" horror films of the 1970's (cf. Tales from the Crypt, Asylum, The Uncanny et al.). Typically, these films would see a host (generally Peter Cushing) encounter a series of hapless individuals who would relate their horrific experiences, before the "unexpected twist" framing-story climax. This Christmas Special sticks religiously to that formula, with lugubrious vicar Bernice lending an unsympathetic ear to cheese-dreaming Charlie, vagrant Matthew and incompetent vet Dr Chinnery. Each of the three tales is as darkly comical as we've come to expect from the League, with Charlie's tale mixing line dancing and voodoo, Matthew's tale spoofing Hammer vampire movies, Romero's Martin and German expressionist films, and Chinnery's tale a piece of classic Victorian melodrama involving a cursed pair of monkey's testicles. But what raises this special far above the level of a beautifully made and affectionate pastiche is that all the tales (and particularly the first two) are not only genuinely frightening, but more convincingly so than most of Amicus' own efforts. The gory, unremitting horror of the climax of Charlie's tale, and the truly creepy sequences set within the Lipp household in Matthew's story have a real power to them. And the final, terrifying twist - 'It's nice to see you again, all grown up...' - is one of the most disturbing moments in TV history (no wonder it ended up in Channel 4's Top 100 Scary Moments programme).

Lavish, dark and compelling, The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special stands alongside Threads and Ghost Watch as innovative and frightening television, and is perhaps the best one-off programme made by the BBC in the last decade.


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