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Return to Royston Vasey

Series 4 - Episode 1 Return to Royston Vasey

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Review

Okey, cokey pig in a pokey, your local show for local people is back for three new episodes (first shown in December 2017).

Time may have moved on in Royston Vasey since series 3 ended in 2002, but Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith astutely combine the right amount of nostalgic reminiscence with a clever sense of how age may have withered the nutjobs and cranks of this classic comedy. The local shop has burnt down (though Edward and Tubbs may have escaped unsinged) and Ross is back at Pauline’s job seekers’ class. But there’s always an unexpected twist to complement the twistedness.

At their best the League were like a Millennial Monty Python and there is more than enough extreme, unsparing, fantastically boundary-free hilarity for both fan and newcomer alike to send the hairs prickling on the back of your head. Plus there’s a clever in-joke reminder at the end of one of the many superb things the boys have been up to in the intervening years. But be careful – once you’ve had a taste of their special stuff you may never want to leave…

Summary

Another chance to see the return of the comedy, first shown last December, in which familiar faces come back to Royston Vasey to settle old scores and dig up old friends - with more bad blood than an abattoir with septicaemia. Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss star in scripts written by themselves and Jeremy Dyson.

Cast & Crew

Various characters Mark Gatiss
Various characters Steve Pemberton
Various characters Reece Shearsmith
Ellie Lyndsey Marshal
Receptionist Gemma Paige North
Daisy Isla Neild
Mum Jackie Knowles
Workman Shaun Mason
Chloe Francesca Knight
Radclyffe Lily Knight
Dr Fisher Andrew Readman
Orderly Simon Smithies
Little girl Ruby Longshaw
Mr Webster Hylton Collins
Tricia Sian Gibson
Jennifer Sammy Oliver
Maisy Claire Cornmell
Director Steve Bendelack
Producer Adam Tandy
Writer Mark Gatiss
Writer Reece Shearsmith
Writer Jeremy Dyson
Writer Steve Pemberton
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