As original and darkly funny the first series of The League of Gentlemen was back in 1999 (written by Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith and starring the latter three in all the main roles), there was a standard set for this weird comedy and its future series. Luckily, the second series made in 2000 not only matches this standard, it goes beyond it.
Whereas the first series had the ongoing plot of a new road being built through Royston Vasey, this time there is an even darker story of a sinister and deadly nosebleed epidemic claiming innocent lives, and Hilary Briss (Gatiss), the town's butcher, appears to be the main suspect. But, as ever, nothing is as it seems.....
Meanwhile, other continuing plots involve:
Tubbs (Pemberton) and Edward Tattsyrup (Shearsmith) trying to find a bride - or "no-tail" - for their son David.
Restart officer Pauline Campbell-Jones (Pemberton) and her attempts to get her job back by holding Ross (Shearsmith) hostage, aided by one of her "dole scum" Mickey (Gatiss).
Geoff (Shearsmith) and his friends Mike (Pemberton) and Brian (Gatiss) surviving in the woods en route to a work convention.
German exchange teacher Herr Lipp (Pemberton) and his disturbing advances on student Justin.
Benjamin Denton (Shearsmith) who, having escaped the Local Shop, must now endure yet more torture from his toad-obsessed relatives Aunt Val (Gatiss) and Uncle Harvey (Pemberton) as well as their twin daughters Chloe and Radcliffe.
The antics of accident-prone vet Mr Chinnery (Gatiss).
The reunion of 1970s glam rock band Creme Brulee, without rhythm guitarist Les McQueen (Gatiss).
The travelling circus the Pandemonium Carnival and its ringleader, Papa Lazarou (Shearsmith), who sells pegs and collects wives for a living.