The League of Gentlemen made a suitably twisted return to TV on Monday night, and for fans of the brilliant BBC comedy it was like the series had never left.
Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith made a “triumphant return” to Royston Vasey according to viewers online, with the first of a three-part series to mark 20 years of League of Gentlemen.
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Honestly don't think I have ever read so many positive and delighted tweets about a subject. Such a triumphant return for #LeagueofGentlemen
— Dawn's Realm (@DawnsRealm23) December 18, 2017
I don't think I've ever been so happy watching telly. THAT was brilliant! #LeagueofGentlemen haven't lost a thing.
— Joshua Smith (@SmithJournalist) December 18, 2017
The last series of The League of Gentlemen ended in 2002, but time has been kind to its stars…
It’s like I’ve never left Royston Vasey. Genius. #LeagueofGentlemen
— Rachel Toal (@racheltoal) December 18, 2017
— Ore Oduba (@OreOduba) December 18, 2017
The #LeagueofGentlemen is the reason I do comedy and the new episodes are the reason I want to be better. What a gift.
— Kiri Pr'chard-McLean (@kiripritchardmc) December 18, 2017
I have waited years and years for this. I never left. #LeagueOfGentlemen
— Ross Middleton (@RossMidd) December 18, 2017
Comedy writer Simon Blackwell said it was “beautifully done”.
That was wonderful. Beautifully done. #LeagueofGentlemen
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) December 18, 2017
While broadcaster Danny Baker said it was “sick” – in both senses of the word.
For the first time both traditional and contemporary versions of the word are interchangeable. #LeagueofGentlemen was sick.
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) December 18, 2017
The good news? There is “even better to come” according to producer Adam Tandy.
Glad you enjoyed, even better to come I think. This was very much the “welcome back” ep.
— Adam Tandy (@adamtandy) December 18, 2017
The bad news? We’ll have to wait until 10pm tonight for more…
— AJ (@MrT_AJ) December 18, 2017
Still, what’s 24 hours when fans have been waiting 15 years?