The League of Gentlemen
|Awards||Meeting the Gents|
|from left: Steve, Reece, Mark und Jeremy|
What's the League of Gentlemen (The LoG)? Let's play possum and start
from the beginning:
The innovative Comedy-Quartet acclaimed their first glory at the 1996
Edinburgh Festival. Just one year later they were awarded with the respected
Born in different corners of northern England, Mark Gatiss, Steve
Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith met in the early nineties at Bretton Hall
College. The fourth Gentlemen, author Jeremy Dyson, was introduced soon to the
group by Mark.
Their name "The League of Gentlemen" and the unmistakable
outfit in dinner jackets was supposed to stand out from other Comedy-Groups.
Mark explained: "The name and the appearances are a trick, to take effect
as the old fifties revues. Our material is anything but this.
The success of their first performance in 1994 incited them: Mark stopped
writing Dr Who novels, Reece said good-bye to the job centre and his personal
person in charge, Jeremy wrote no more short-stories and Steve quit his job at
the outskirts-Theatre. The next three years the League tested their material at
the Canal Café in London, before they entered the Edinburgh-Festival with their
unmistakable dark shocking comedy.
Afterwards the four got lots of offers. They signed a BBC contract and
produced the radio series "On the Town with The League of
Gentlemen", which won the 1998 Sony Award.
Out of the stage characters they created a whole town: Royston Vasey. This typical northern Hicksville is imaginary, but why Royston Vasey? Mark explained the name this way: "It sounds like an ordinary town, but you recognise somehow, that's something's wrong there". That hits the spot.
Many of the "endearing monsters" in the bizarre world of
Royston Vasey have their source in reality. They arose from a situation that one
of the Gents once experienced himself.
Pauline, the job centre's re-start officer for example. Her understanding of retraining is to train the unemployed how to sell the Big Issue. She was created out of Reece's experience when he was on the doll. "Pauline WAS my re-start officer. Even if the person itself doesn't exists, you recognise that kind of person".
The idea for the Denton’s, the toad-breeding couple with delusions,
sprang to live during a family visit of one of the Gents. Mark: "It is a quite
real situation about a forced visit to one of the relatives. You never know,
what to do"
Finally a version of Edward and Tubbs, Royston Vasey's psychotic shop-owners, who are aggressive to all strangers, really exists somewhere in Sussex and Papa Lazarou was once Reece's and Steve's landlord.
At the beginning every visitor is welcomed by this
and you have to take this seriously. Hardly anyone is able to leave the
town. This nice tow has got it's own local shop, where everyone will be welcomed
with the phrase "Are you local". If you are not you get the answer
"This is a local shop for local people, there's nothing for you here"
and.... well, that's not to be given away here *gg*. All inhabitants are flashy
and some kind of maniacs and as a non-local you are doomed. It's real fun to
discover new things and information on the characters. How did Royston Vasey
come to its name? That's an easy story: During series 2 the British comedian Roy
"Chubby" Brown stars as the mayor of the city. His birth name is
Royston Vasey. It's really simply, isn't it? You just have to get such an idea
There's one important thing. It's better to watch the series in order, or
you might have some problems understanding the plot. It's amazing that one
character, Herr Lipp" an English teacher from Duisburg, comes with his
students to Royston Vasey. There's a really long part, in which he (Steve) and
his wife (Mark) talks in fluent German. That was very surprising to me. But why
Duisburg? Meanwhile I found some information on this on the net: During a 1992
theatre tour together with Reece through Germany Steve suffered a
heart-attack at the age of 25 and had to be treated in a hospital in Duisburg.
Since he had to stay over Christmas, a chaplain, who tried to chat him up in a
rather clumsy way, like Herr Lipp always tries in the series, visited him.
The Gents writes in couples, Mark and Jeremy as well as Reece and Steve.
It's faster written that way, but you have to combine the scripts afterwards.
At present there are 3 series of the LoG, that last one was transmitted
in 2002 in the UK. Since November, 25 th 2002 you can buy the
Christmas-Special on video and DVD. I've bought this one last year and who ever
thinks that they can't outdo it, you have the think again *gg*. Series one and
two were broadcast in Germany on Thursday nights. I was happy about it, that we
at least had a chance to watch it, but I have to say that's it's loosing too
much in the dubbing. It's not as funny as its origin. On December, 2 nd 2002
and December, 3 rd
2002 I had the pleasure to meet Mark, Reece and Steve after I
went to see then in ART. You can read that story, following that
You have to like the dark British humour to like the series and I have to admit that The League of Gentlemen is my favourite comedy of all times. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE That show.
|Jeremy Dyson||Birth name:||Jeremy Dyson (Jez)|
|Birthdate:||June, 14 th 1966|
|Marital Status:||Married to Niki|
|Mark Gatiss||Birth name:||Mark Gatiss|
|Birthdate:||October, 17 th 1966|
|Marital Status:||Boyfriend Ian|
|Steve Pemberton||Birth name:||Steven Pemberton (Pemby)|
|Birthdate:||September, 1 st 1967|
|Marital Status:||Friend Alison|
|Reece Shearsmith||Birth name:||Reeson William Shearsmith|
|Birthdate:||August, 27 th 1969|
|Marital Status:||Married to Jane|
|Kids:||Holly (2002) / Danny (????)|
(Those private information are from 2003. If you know of any changes, please let me know so that I will be able to update it]
You can find pictures of Mark's various characters here.
|Jeremy Dyson||guest starring in various small roles|
Al, Alvin Steele, Andrew Ward, Anthony "Neds" Needham, Brian Morgan, David Tattsyrup, Don Lynch, Edmund Chinnery, Gina Beasley, Dr Simon, Glenn Tilbrook Baggs, Haig, Hilary Briss, Iris Krell, Jed Bishop, Kenny Harris, Lance Longthorne, Lee Scott, Les McQueen, Lotte Lipp, Mama Lazarou, Martin Lee, Matthew Chinnery, Mick McNamara, Mickey M Michaels, Mr Bamford, Mr Peel, Mr Wynt, Murray Mint, Owen Fallowfield, PC Bobby Woodward, Phil Proctor, Professor Erno Breastpinch'd, Russell, Sheila Foot, Sir Nicholas Sheet-Lightning, Tony Bell, Val Denton
Ally Welles, Anne Hand, Ava de Courcey, Barbara Dixon (voice), Barrington "Barry" Baggs, Bob Chagall, Charlie Hull, Daddy, Dave Parkes, Dr Ira Carlton, Dr Lucas Wesley, Dr Timothy Majolica, Ernest Foot, Harvey Denton, Herr Wolf Lipp, Iain Cashmore, Inspector Shakespeare, Jed Hunter, Jed Tinsel, Lemuel Blizzard, Mary Hobbs, Maurice Evans, Mike Harris, Mr Best, Nancy Glass, Oshi Kurosawa, Pauline Campbell-Jones, Pop, Reenie Calver, The Mechanic, Tish Guppy, Tubbs Tattsyrup
Benjamin Denton, Bernice Woodall, Bobby Hart, Cathy Carter-Smith, Chris Frost, Dean Tavalouris, Dr Edgar Fish, Dr Singleton Boothby, Edward Tattsyrup, Father Silas Halfhearte, Geoff Tipps, Henry Portrait, Interviewer, Joseph Nigel Lisgoe, Judee Levinson, Judith Buckle, Keith Drop, Matthew Parker, Mike King, Mr Fitzherbert, Mrs Jeanette Stevens, Noel Glass, Olive Kilshaw, Ollie Plimsolls, Pamela Doove, Papa Lazarou, Patch Lafeyette, Peter Foot, Red Devil, Reg Ingleby (voice), Rich, Robert, Ross Gaines, Samuel Chignell, Shirley Shelley, Stella Hull, Terry Lollard, Vinnie Wythenshawe
Please note: Some of the character names vary in the writing. I decided to use the one the gents used in "The League of Gentlemen Scripts and that".
thanks to Luin for this pic
|The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse||
|Live At Drury Lane - Special Edition||23/04/2005||DVD/VHS|
|League of Gentlemen 3. Staffel||10/11/2003||DVD/VHS|
|The League of Gentlemen - Scripts and that||16/10/2003||Book|
|League of Gentlemen Christmas Special||25/11/2002||DVD/VHS|
|Live at Drury Lane||19/11/2001||DVD/VHS|
|League of Gentlemen 2. Staffel||15/10/2001||DVD/VHS|
|A Local Book for Local People||01/10/2001||Book|
League of Gentlemen 1. Staffel
|On the town with the League of Gentlemen||2000 - 01/07/2002||Cassette/CD|
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|League of Gentlemen 3 rd series||2003||South Bank Show Award "Comedy"|
|League of Gentlemen 2 nd series||2001||NME Award "Best Television Programme"|
|League of Gentlemen 1 st series||2000||BAFTA "Comedy"|
|League of Gentlemen 1 st series||1999||Golden Rose of Montreux|
|League of Gentlemen 1 st series||1999||RTS Award "Best Entertainment"|
|On the Town with the League of Gentlemen||1997||Sony Silver Award|
|On the Town with the League of Gentlemen||1997||Talkie Award "Audio Comedy"|
|Edinburgh Festival||1997||Perrier Award "Comedy"|
Meeting the Gents
I was a very lucky girl, when I had the chance to meet Mark, Reece and Steve in December 2002. You can read the story here.