Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (5)

  • Lomax: No girls, no smoking and no meat pies. (His rules for collecting Beany toys)

  • David: Six makes us proper serial killers, five's just mass murder. Maureen: You're never satisfied, are you, David?

  • Mr Jelly: I can't play it. I've only got DVD. I've not had tapes since Shawshank Redemption. (Upon finding a mysterious parcel on his door step that contains a video tape.)

  • Mr Jolly: I did want to call myself Dr Diddle but it turns out there was a paedophile arrested in New York with the same name. (On choosing his clown name.)

  • Maureen: I thought we could do something special and eat her. I've bought some red onions. David: Mum, that's disgusting. Maureen: Why? David: I don't like red onions.

Notes (1)

  • The appearance of Mark Gatiss was kept such a secret as not to spoil it for The League Of Gentlemen fans that his name appeared in magazine listings as 'Sam Kisgart', an anagram of Mark Gatiss.

Trivia (4)

  • The 'clown car' Mr Jelly drives is actually a hearse - the slogan on the side of the car is 'Keeps kids quiet'.

  • Lorna, the girl who's hair Mr Jelly is combing at the birthday party is Holly Shearsmith, the real life daughter of Reece Shearsmith.

  • The song that David and Maureen dance to is 1983 UK novelty hit 'Superman' by Black Lace.

  • This is the first time Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss have performed together on screen since the final episode of The League Of Gentlemen in 2002.

Allusions (6)

  • Mr Lomax: I bet Aspel would love to get his hands on that vase. This is a node to the long running UK show Antiques Roadshow and it's presenter Michael Aspel. The show focuses on a team of antiques experts who attempt to appraise and value old and new items brought in by the public.

  • Discussions of David's serial killer obsession reveal that he has a Hannibal Lecter lamp that he made himself. Lecter being the fictional serial killer featured in a series of novels by Thomas Harris and the film adaptations: Manhunter; The Silence Of The Lambs; Hannibal; Red Dragon; Hannibal Rising. It is also revealed that David's favourite murderer is Andrei Chikatilo, known as The Red Ripper (as he hailed from Russia). Like David, Chikatilo lived with an overbearing mother

  • When it is discovered that Robert (one of the seven dwarfs in the pantomime central to the plot) has a adult entertainment past, his mentioned filmography is made up of titles that are all puns on famous fairytales and nursery rhymes: Rumpelforeskin (Rumpelstiltskin); Goldiepubes (The Story Of The Three Bears); Wood In The Babes (Babes In The Wood); Whore White & The Seven Dicks (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs); Horny Dumpty (Humpty Dumpty). And the production company he worked for is called Midget Gems, a reference to American adult film company Forbidden Gems.

  • Joy: (Singing to her baby doll Freddy) When you wish upon a star. Joy wishes her baby doll would come to life, very much like Pinocchio in the 1940 Walt Disney of the same name. The song is sung by Jiminy Cricket in the opening and end scenes of the film.

  • This episode pays homage to the 1948 Alfred Hitchcock film Rope. It begins with a shot through a living room window (just as in Rope) where we see Maureen and David Sowerbutt strangling their victim in a picture-perfect apartment. In Rope it was John Dall and Farley Granger committing the murder. And, as in Rope, the body is then dumped into a chest which doubles as the room's coffee table. The similarities continue throughout. Breaking away from the formula of previous episodes, this one takes place entirely on one set - Rope too unfolds on a single set. Both also make use of long takes and both mainly feature just the three key players. The Hitchcock homage continues with the radio in the background playing Bernard Herrmann's Psycho score.

  • Jelly mentions that he is hoping for a call from CBeebies. He is referring to the BBC children's network. It seems it's every clown's dream to get their own kids' show.