The League Of Gentlemen (1999 – United Kingdom)

amazonHello, hello! What’s all this shouting going on? We’ll have no trouble here. I’m only flesh and blood. Can’t keep writing reviews totalling hundreds of words. Not enough time in the day and all that. So, it goes without saying I give the LOG an absolute thumbs up. Its brilliant. It’s what satire should be. Out of ten I give it twelvety. If you love sick, twisted, cross-dressing comedy with nods to Britain’s proud Gothic tradition, this should be right up your alley. And yes, there is a Swansea (I should know as I was born there)…and there are other places too.

You cannot encapsulate the world of Royston Vasey with mere words. Suffice it to say the show goes from A to Z, normal to dark, in the twinkling of an eye. So, in lieu of a review, lets just lie back and recall some of the special stuff. “Will heaven be like Swansea?…Yes, Tubbs. Only bigger.” “You people are all alike, You march in here, young! Trying to touch the local things. I suppose next you’ll be spraying me with one of those cans of paint, smearing poor Tubbs here with excrement.” “Perhaps you are a naturally slothful person, sluggish and indolent, a dawdling flaneur, content to waste his life spreadeagled on pillows forever indulging himself in the pleasures of the palm.” “He has made me do things that would make a whore blush.” You heard the man, Tubbs. Get undressed!” β€œYou cannot trust this boy! His mind has been warped by colours, sounds and shapes!”

“I don’t like that Bradley Pitt anyway. Too much acting.” “Devil! Propelled across the land in a carriage of no horse drawn, belching Satan’s black wind into our clean and local air! This is a decent town and a local shop; there’s nothing for you here!” “Use me Ron! Use me, I’m nearly there! Oh, hello Mrs Levinson, we were just doing some D.I.Y. Ron was filling in a crack in the bedroom!…So I heard.” “If you don’t understand any of my sayings, come to me in private and I shall take you in my German mouth. Alles klar?” “Its all shrivelled up and the baubles have dropped off!…She doesn’t want to hear about you’re personal problems!” “Are you the priest here?…No, I’m the fooking gardener!” “This is like Cracker isn’t it, why did you force her? why did you force her?….I didn’t force her!…(heavy breathing) I didn’t force her.” “Go on then, take the precious things of the shop, burn down our home. Rape our dead mouths!” One of my favourite scenes is below. The conspiratorial interplay between Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss is hilarious. The smug, maniacal laughter is always welcome too.

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  1. Couldn’t agree more, The League of Gentlemen is one of the greatest comedies of all time in my opinion. Loved the quotes you used, they had me laughing out loud! πŸ˜€

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  2. Thanks for the video! Like all great comedies this series will never grow old. πŸ™‚

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