The League of Gentlemen
Bizarre. Hilarious. Two words which readily spring to mind when thinking of this macabre comedy series based in the fictional village of Royston Vasey. Another is innovative. Add inspired and, oh heck why not, genius. The quadruplets that are The League of Gentlemen (writer/performers Mark Gattiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Sheersmith, and writer/producer Jeremy Dyson) created something wonderful, not only with the setting but with a myriad of characters who were sometimes joyful, often sad but always funny… and strange. From Tubs and Edward to Pauline to the sinister Hilary Briss and the much maligned Papa Lazarou, these are truly grotesque but somehow endearing (why would we continue to watch, trot out the catchphrases and buy the merchandise) and a breath of fresh are in an often stale TV schedule.
The first two series were terrific, and while the third took a detour in formula it still is head and shoulders above many other offerings of the time and definitely deserves another look.