Friday, 2 February 2018

The League Of Gentlemen Night

THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN NIGHT (320kbs-m4a/411mb/3hrs)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 16th December 2017

"You'll Never Leave..."

Reece Shearsmith presents a 3 hour League-fest of the acclaimed black comedy that began on BBC radio before transferring to BBC TV.

From his dressing room in the heart of London's theatreland, Reece looks back on the cult show he created with Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson.

From its origins as an award-winning stage show through to its debut on radio, hear how the League's humour was developed from awkward social situations.

Originally set in the grimy, remote northern town of Spent, Reece goes on to explain the initial thrill of transferring the characters to the small screen - when the setting was changed to the town of Royston Vasey.

The League ran for three series on BBC2, with more stage shows, a feature film - and the team reuniting on TV for their 20th anniversary in 2017.

Reece introduces the BBC Radio 4 series of 'On The Town With The League of Gentlemen' produced by Sarah Smith.

Benjamin Denton arrives for a visit to his Uncle Harvey and Auntie Val - in a town of oddball characters, including shopkeeper Mr Ingleby, taxi-driver Barbara, pen-loving Pauline at the Job centre, Mickey, Dr Chinnery and many more...

1: A Guest at the Dentons - 6th November 1997
2: Death by Mau Mau - 13th November 1997
3: Go to Joan Glover - 20th November 1997
4: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot - 27th November 1997
5: The Wedding - 4th December 1997
6: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - 11th December 1997

Producer: Martin Dempsey

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in 2005.

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