Psychoville 3 Seasons 2009

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Season 1
(48) IMDb 7.2/10
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1. Psychoville - Episode 1 AGES_12_AND_OVER

Five seemingly unconnected characters receive the ominous message "I know what you did".

Starring:
Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Runtime:
29 minutes

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Psychoville - Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Supporting actors Daniel Kaluuya, Dawn French, Daisy Haggard
Season year 2009
Network BBC Worldwide
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Perry Sheppard on 31 July 2009
Format: DVD
Further to the reviews above, this is not laugh out loud comedy, however it is all the better for this as allows the series to focus on the storyline, development of characters and horror/thriller aspects. it is something refreshing for a change, rather than unfunny 'forced' studio bound comedy with canned laughter we tend to see all the time these days.

I have to say this has been one of my favourite programmes of 2009 if not the past few years, certainly the cliff hangers make you keep coming back week after week.

Let's hope the BBC realise what a gem of a progamme Reece and Steve have come up with and give them a second series!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Blue on 4 Aug 2009
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A mysterious figure begins to orbit the lives of a group of diverse and extraordinary characters. A series of messages are sent by the mystery figure - a black gloved blackmailer - to these seemingly unconnected people, setting in motion memories of an incident from their past which is coming back to haunt them.

This is the basic premise of 'Psychoville', which unfolds over seven remarkable episodes of intrigue, humour & suspense, suffused through the multiple storylines of superbly realised characters. The series is one of engrossing brilliance and stands out as a creation of striking originality & dark imagination that could only have come from members of The League of Gentlemen - namely, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

The central characters are full blooded (sometimes literally) deeply felt & wonderfully realised. Each in their own way is driven by obsession. There is embittered children's entertainer Mr Jelly - a hook handed clown whose life has taken a downward spiral. His rage is directed towards his rival, Mr Jolly. Pudding bowl haircutted son David is obsessed with serial killers. He & his indulgent mother Maureen have a disturbingly close relationship. Oscar Lomax is a blind millionaire recluse whose life's purpose is his "holy of holies" - a collection of beanie toys. Disturbed midwife Joy is obsessively devoted to a sack clothed demonstration doll. So all enveloping is her psychosis that she treats it as if its her real child & she's driven by a dream to bring it to life. Finally, Robert is a dwarf appearing in a 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs' panto. He's in love with the company's Snow White. He's seemingly possessed of special powers which come to the fore when he's provoked to anger.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S.Wallace on 19 Nov 2010
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Well what can i say simply amazing and worth every penny.... Psychoville is dark , funny and goes deep into the mind. The acting is so perfect ( episode 4 ) has to be my fave.
I cant recommend psychoville enough and for 5 what are you waiting for ? you cant go wrong for a fiver.
Best show on telle for a long time ! The dvd case is amazing too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Peers on 7 July 2010
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At first, I was unsure about whether or not to give this series a try, asking myself if it could possibly be anywhere near as good as the League of Gentlemen. It is, in fact, every bit as good, which I didn't think was possible. This series is a lot darker, more twisted and disturbing that the League, and still manages to be consistently and wonderfully funny. It follows the stories of 5 characters. The hook-handed clown Mr. Jelly, who is resentful towards his more successful rival Mr. Jolly, with whom he is regularly confused. Then there is Midwife Joy Aston, who is a loving mother to her son Freddy-even though he is actually a doll. There is also Oscar Lomax, a blind old man with an unusual collection, who enlists the help of a young "Tea Leaf" to help him find something he desperately needs. Panto dwarf Robert Greenspan , who has an embarrassing secret as well as an obsession with his co-star. And finally David Sowerbutts, serial killer enthusiast, whose faux pas at work leads to him and his mother Maureen embarking upon their own series of murders.
Each one has been blackmailed, but what about?
This series is a hilarious and twisted masterpiece by Reece and Steve, and is one of the best in years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. W. Punter on 10 Aug 2009
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If you're a fan of The League of Gentlemen then you won't be disappointed. If possible Psychoville is an even darker comedy and to me highlights how the Gentlemen (without Gatiss) have come of age - just like wine and cheese - even better than before.
I cannot recommend this comedy enough, it's very cleverly written and very well acted. The part of nurse Joy (French) is a welcome addition to this group of great performers who hopefully will continue with many more series to come.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sue on 6 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
I came to Psychoville slowly but by the end of the series being broadcast, was totally hooked -- and am now buying the DVD to enjoy it again, and see the bits I missed. I've never really got into the League of Gentlemen, but I adore Psychoville. It manages to be very, very funny but also gothic and scary at the same time.

My favourite bits include the eternally down at heel clown Mr Jelly; Dawn French in the best role I've ever seen her in, as the psychotic nurse; occasional appearances by Christopher Biggins, sorry Biggins; and poor old David, who never quite takes to murder but whose mother finds it to be a wonderful new interest. The scene where they do their special dance to relax in the middle of one murder is just wonderful.

I was delighted that the ending was open-ended -- I hope that means another series?

My final recommendation is that you try to watch Psychoville during a thunderstorm -- which I did, by chance, one week -- it really adds the final touch!
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