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On the Town with The League of Gentlemen

By: Jeremy Dyson,Mark Gatiss,Steve Pemberton,Reece Shearsmith
Narrated by: Mark Gatiss,Steve Pemberton,Reece Shearsmith,Full Cast
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Spent, an isolated and rather odd town somewhere in the North. Its singular inhabitants lead blackly comic lives, from Dr Chinnery, the lethally incompetent vet and Pauline, the monstrous Restart Officer at the Job Centre, to the hideously exacting Dentons who impose their disturbing habits and pet toads upon their visiting nephew Ben.

These and other memorable townsfolk are ferried around by Barbara, a taxi driver half way through his sex change, and served by Mr Iingleby, who brings a whole new meaning to the term 'small shopkeeper'.

Murderously funny and actuely observed, The League of Gentlemen's highly acclaimed brand of comedy shows human nature at its most extreme, and most hilarious.

©1999, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)1999, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • Lucy Houghton
  • 08-29-18

Okey cokey pig in a pokey!

I Love the league more than life itself! So much fun, interesting play of the TV show in its infancy.

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  • A. Harris
  • 07-10-20

Same scripts as on TV, only for diehard fans

very good writing and performances, but not much that isn't in the TV series, unfortunately

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  • Allison Green
  • 04-22-18

Funnier than the TV show & that's saying something

I would definitely recommend for any League fans - there's the familar stuff from the TV show (taken to the extreme) plus extra characters, such as Mr Ingleby

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  • Susan Random
  • 06-30-16

On The Town With The League Of Gentleman

This is a recording of TLOG's late 90s radio show derived from the BBC Radio 4 archives. Fans will no doubt notice that there are a few differences between this and the later TV version and characters such as the tiny shopkeeper, Mr Ibgleby, doesn't appear. It's subtler though and really rather excellent.

A must have for any discerning comedy fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-20

The League of Genius

Hadn’t listened to the radio series for some time so it was an absolute joy to be reminded of this dark, ingenious creation from Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith.

Those familiar with the brilliant TV series that followed it will notice some slight differences, including the town of Spent where the show is set. The local radio presenter (or voiceover not 100% sure) and shopkeeper Mr Ingleby are also characters that never made it to TV.

The characters can be grotesque, incompetent or just downright bizarre and the humour even more so. Yet there are also common themes explored such as anger, love and sadness that permeate the human relationships and elevate the writing even more. Makes a great accompaniment to the TV boxset!

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  • Rowan Endacott
  • 06-24-16

Brilliant!

Very enjoyable - I'd recommend this to any League of Gentlement fans. I have this and series 2 and 3 - I listen to them all, wait a few months to forget the jokes a bit and then listen again. I've done that several times! It's a work of genius! Only thing I'd like too is series 1 which doesn't seem to be available. Thanks to the creators of this for making me laugh many times over.

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  • AG
  • 12-12-14

Laugh-out-loud bizarre comedy genre of its own

If you could sum up On the Town with The League of Gentlemen in three words, what would they be?

Expect the unexpected. A neatly segued series of sketches in the village of Spent, built into a story line, which led to the dark and hilarious TV series in Royston Vaisey - you'll not want to turn it off. Prime yourself for the side- (and other-) splitting effects of the incompetently murderous vet tending to an unwilling panda, the cockatoo with tooth ache, the swollen hamster and pregnant cow. Meet gruff Barbara the trans-gender taxi-driver. Enjoy the toad-related horrors and more of Naked Thursday - and relish the quickfire timing and puns. What other comedy team could end an episode with "Alas, hoist by my own pet-toad"? Unmissable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The living scarecrow - but you have to listen to find out it and it's keepers dark secrets...so I'll also nominate Pauline the sadistic Job Centre Manager and her pen-friends - listen in to laugh out loud...

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

This is like asking which member of a band is the best; one can't disentangle the cogs in this comedy machine...

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Feeling Spent

Any additional comments?

So much better in digital than on original tape (!) - easy to rewind to rehearse the jokes! Do not read anywhere where you'll be slapped for obviously enjoying yourself too much.

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  • Peter Page
  • 10-23-22

Not Much New Here

Very much repeat and actual TV series clips, a little new material but you get the feeling "you've been had" I'm a big fan and with the benefit of hindsight I would give this a miss, very poor value for one credit

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  • Steve Griffin
  • 10-23-21

So glad this is available digitally

Some of the humour hasn't aged well, but the characters, plots, and dark, bizarre situations are superb.

If you enjoyed the TV series, I'd highly recommend listening to this and going back to where it started!

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  • Lauri Sim
  • 04-25-21

Royston Vasey’s Finest

Fans of The League of Gentlemen should keep this in their treasured collection as a go to for a quick pick me up. Brilliant and horrifying as ever, these are the choicest cuts from a very dodgy butcher...