A psychotic show for psychotic people
CAN the League of Gentlemen top their cult show?
The men behind the scary characters are set to out-gross their classic dark comedy with something even darker.
Forget the local shop for local people.
Psychoville is a psychotic show for psychotic people - and it's weird. Really really weird! More weird than the League itself.
One word of advice to the faint-hearted: have a barf bag ready because you wouldn't want to meet these characters in a dark alley.
Edward and Tubbs are ordinary shopkeepers by the standards set in Psychoville.
Who have we got?
There's Joy, a misguided midwife, played by Dawn French. Joy believes a toy doll used in her midwife classes is real. And not in a nice way. Her anger surfaces when a dad-to-be picks up the doll by the leg and she lashes out with a lecture on how he is putting the baby at risk.
There's Mr Jelly the clown, played by the League's Reece Shearsmith, with a huge dollop of menace. Not just any clown but a clown who scares the children, and the adults, with his inappropriate act. In the first show he scares the kids by showing his amputated hand, blaming his rival Mr Jolly.
There's David Sowerbutts, brought to horrible life by Steve Pemberton, who's a man-child obsessed by serial killers and has a, shall we say, close relationship with his mother played by Shearsmith.
There's also a blind collector of soft toys and a dwarf who has the hots for Snow White.
Shearsmith and Pemberton are two thirds of the on-screen partnership, with Darlington-born Mark Gatiss, who between them created the League's cast of characters.
Gatiss - responsible for such classics as Hilary Bliss, Mama Lazarou, and Matthew Chinnery - is missing for this new project.
But, quite honestly, he's not a miss as the new characters are more gross than ever.
The series links the main characters with a plot where each receives a mysterious letter saying: "I know what you did."
You can just imagine viewers getting the same letter after guiltily watching Psychoville.