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... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Chris Bran ...  Sporall / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2014
Justin Chubb ...  Maven / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2014
Geoffrey McGivern ...  Trince 16 episodes, 2011-2014
...  Soosan Noop 16 episodes, 2011-2014
...  Jinsy Player 16 episodes, 2011-2014
...  Jinsy Player 16 episodes, 2011-2014
Dave Mounfield ...  Jinsy Player / ... 15 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Tracee Henge 14 episodes, 2010-2014
Janine Duvitski ...  Mrs. Goadion / ... 13 episodes, 2011-2014
...  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
...  Jinsy Player 7 episodes, 2011


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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Release Date:

1 March 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Jinsy-saari  »

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Gold star Absurdist comedy!
8 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

This show sits within that specific genre where people either love it or hate it. I'm not a fan of all absurdest comedy, but once I started watching this I just couldn't stop! It has a hypnotic quality that I just can't describe and it sucks you in. It's just so fabulously fresh and out there, but in a way where it has such momentum going from one crazy and entertaining thing to the next, that there is no time to ponder on one thing too long and get bored with the format at all.

Adding further to this; the show has (for me at least) that rare quality where despite the "nuttiness", it still has enough coherence to make sense without totally losing me. I also love the inspirational story behind the incredibly talented duo who star in and write the show, so I'm crossing all my fingers that we get the third season they so deserve.

If you enjoy something completely on the flip side, with a lot of (very well done and thought out) absurdity thrown in, then do yourself a favour and watch this gem. Hopefully the more positive reviews they receive, the more likely it will be that we'll get another season. Although I understand that this show isn't for everybody, I'm pretty confident that for fans of such niche genres, this show will become an instant cult classic!

WARNING: Be prepared to have the songs and ditties from this show stick in your head for days on end...aaarrgggh!!!!

Nightly Bye all ;-)

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