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Psychoville - Season 2 2011

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More intrigue, suspense, weirdness and laughs in the return of the cliff-hanging comedy thriller... After the explosion at Ravenhill Hospital, Mr Jelly, Joy, David and Maureen Sowerbutts, Mr Lomax and Robert just want to get on with their twisted, mad and sad lives. But the shadowy, if technologically-deprived, Grace Andrews and the enigmatic detective Finney are tracking them down - one by one - in search of Nurse Kenchington's locket. Meanwhile, we meet some new but equally bizarre Psychoville characters: Jeremy Goode, a librarian tortured by a silent singer as he hunts for 50 Great Coastal Walks of the British Isles Volume 2; Peter Bishop, whose toy shop, Hoyti Toyti, has a very strange basement and a desperate and dateless overworked make-up artist, Hattie. What could they all have to do with the mystery - and why is it truly a matter of life and death?

Starring:
Steve Pemberton, Alan Francis
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Psychoville - Season 2 - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Psychoville - Season 2 - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 0 minutes
Starring Steve Pemberton, Alan Francis, Dawn French, Imelda Staunton, Mark Bonnar, Reece Shearsmith, Daniel Kaluuya, Daniel Ings
Director Matt Lipsey
Genres Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 13 June 2011
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 0 minutes
Starring Steve Pemberton, Alan Francis, Dawn French, Imelda Staunton, Mark Bonnar, Reece Shearsmith, Daniel Kaluuya, Daniel Ings
Director Matt Lipsey
Genres Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 13 June 2011
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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I don't think 5 stars quite cover the genius that is Psychoville. In fact the BBC really should be ashamed of themselves as this show deserves far more credit and coverage than it's had. Psychoville is one of those brilliant shows that it doesn't matter how often you watch it, you'll notice something different each time. Even now, after watching series 1 again last night, I noticed little clues early on that I hadn't noticed before. Also with respect to Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's writing, watch out for the brilliantly subtle homages to films that they take their inspiration from.

Joining the cast for Series 2 is Imelda Staunton who, despite my initial reservations (I'd only seen her as the straight-laced Prof Umbridge in Harry Potter), has been a fantastic casting. She has authority, she has her minions to do her bidding (Kelvin and Finney) and she has her technology. Some of my favourite scenes/lines have come from her character Grace Andrews in this series. Grace wants to be all Minority Report with her technology, but in her words her technology is more akin to that of "a village post office". Grace's attempts to make the most of her expensive technology is one of my favourite long running jokes in this series.

I feel a special mention should also be said for Vilma Holingberry/Mrs Wren/Mrs Ladybird Face. Vilma completely steals the show as Mr Jelly's adopted assistant in this series. Her lines are fantastic (credit again to Mr Shearsmith and Mr Pemberton), but the comic timing of Vilma Holingberry is sheer brilliance. The interactions between Shearsmith's Mr Jelly and Mrs Ladybird Face is absolutely one of my favourite double acts on TV at the moment. They seem to have a fantastic charisma and bounce off each other in every scene they appear in.
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A beautiful, tragic, hilarious, moving, creepy and almost magical piece of work. Absolutely stunning. I doubt we'll ever see a series like it again; incredibly unique and creative, beautifully written, acted, directed and scored. I don't think I could find a single fault.
Wasn't sure this could top series 1, but it has. It is far more tense and sinister than the first outing, and it's grown tremendously since the first series. A wonderful set of new character's alongside the older ones keeps it fresh, and the story telling and plot development are superb. A real inspirational piece of work.

I am holding out hope that the Beeb realise what an absolute gem they've got with this show and give the go ahead for a third.
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Perhaps too clever and too unique the BBC found itself with a dark curiosity that they were reluctant to support. Putting the programme on in early summer was never going to gain Psychoville popular recognition- surely the dark nights following Halloween would have been better. Then rescheduling the final episode to a Monday night to make way for a formulaic crowd pleasing hit. When you consider the pedigree of the writing and the cast, what were the BBC thinking?
But I complain too much. This series has been a Joy (Aston)from beginning to end. Characters like the Silent Singer (not a reference to a broken sewing machine) were an unsettling counterpoint to the greusome range of extremes that Psychoville presented us with in season 1. Panto dwarfs, serial killers, Natzi toy shop owners and crooked policemen are all brilliantly written and acted. Tea Leaf and Oscar Lomax especially were a pairing that should have had their own detective series. The plot of Psychoville 2 continues the hunt for Ketchington's locket; the secret of which is reveiled in the final episode. A classic to make you die laughing!!
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I love Psychoville, and feel that with the second series Reece and Steve have outdone themselves and really achieved the impossible - namely improving upon the already fantastic first season.

The series gets better and better - it's deliciously dark too, and brings in a few new characters, my favourite being the hilariously scary - and surreal - Silent Singer. Some lovely plot twists, great atmosphere and film references galore all add up to another winning series that rewards with repeated viewings.

Unfortunately I've had to knock off a couple of stars from this review as someone at the BBC has made a mistake putting together this DVD set. They've included the shorter, US cut of the Psychoville Halloween special on this DVD instead of the full version transmitted by the BBC last year. This cut unfortunately omits the Mr Lomax portion of the story. In my humble opinion I think the BBC should man up to this mistake, and offer a disc replacement trade in, instead of fans having to shell out for it again at some point when it is re-released.

This shouldn't detract from an otherwise superbly put together series - and nice a nice/informative set of DVD extras - but it is disappointing and an error I feel should be addressed & corrected ASAP by the BBC.
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If you are a fan of The League Of Gentlemen then this is an absalute must. It is both very funny and very strange. The Halloween Special featured with this dvd is not the same version as featured seperately on dvd. This version is an edited version for the American market & has about 15 to 20 minutes missing. It also featurers no Audio commenty. That the seperate dvd does.
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