The League of Gentlemen
Series Two

Starring: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith
BBC Video
Certificate: 15
Available now

A circus comes to town and the ringmaster enslaves the town's women, a plague of nosebleeds mysteriously strike causing the army to be drafted in to close the town down and Barbara, the local transsexual cab driver, is about to get married. It is a normal week for the residents of Royston Vasey...

Series two of The League of Gentlemen is noticeably darker than the first series. And this is part of its charm. Along with old favourites like Tubbs and Edward, Pauline and the Dentons the writers have included a whole stream of new characters to ensure longevity. Papa Lazarou and his Pandemonium Carnival, Herr Lipp and his German exchange students and Pam Doove will all have you weeping with laughter.

Each episode plays homage to more than a handful of movies (including Citizen Kane) and every angle is shot with the same love and care that a period drama would be proud of.

The BBC has commissioned a third series which should begin filming next year but how they can top this is anyone's guess.

Pete Boomer (a local)

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