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Like Royston Vasey, you will never want to leave this video!
on 29 October 2000
It is bleak, it is dark, it is surreal, it is vile, it is unmissably BRILLIANT! How do you describe a black comedy series which has some of the best characterisation ever seen on British television, and how do you prepare the uninitiated for the 'terrors' that await them as they enter the bizarre world of Edward and Tubbs, Pauline, Babs, Auntie Val and Uncle Harvey, et al? Well, you simply tell them to take the 'phone off the hook, put aside around three hours to watch this uninterrupted, and grab hold of the biggest box of tissues they can find - they will need them to mop up the tears of unashamed laughter that will be rolling down their cheeks!
Never again will you want to borrow a pen; forever will you hold your butcher in the deepest suspicion; those seaside novelty snowstorms will acquire a "precious" status; you will view your minicab driver in a different light. In short, Royston Vasey will become a place you really wish you COULD visit for a holiday... even if it does mean you will never leave again!
"The League of Gentlemen" succeeds where so many comedy series have failed- it is brilliantly written, fantastically acted, the attention to detail is unrivalled, there are ongoing themes which are developed each episode (by virtue of the opening credits), and there is actually a plot and consistent storyline. What is most terrifying of all is that most of us will be able to identify a grain of people we already know in the bizarre characters who inhabit Royston Vasey.
Buy it - it is a must. Once you've watched it (plus the final episode of the second series), then order the "Local Book for Local People". If you like your comedy pitch black, surreal and intelligent, you will not be disappointed. Most importantly, somehow I cannot see this one dating over the years; it truly deserves the much over-used label of 'classic'.