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The League of Gentlemen

Season 2 Episode 7

The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 27, 2000 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special
Reverend Bernice is in a typically unfestive mood at Christmas time, haunted by a terrible Christmas memory, when three visitors appear at her church, each with a chilling tale to tell.

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  • 3 stories told to reverend bernice. "solutions" with charlie and stella. "the vampire of duisberg" with herr lipp. "the curse of karrit porr" with the ancestor of mr chinery.

    without a doubt this is one of the best things the league has ever done. My favorate thing about the christmas special is the many nods to horror films. No wonder this was voted no 25 on a chanell 4 poll of scariest things ever. The first story is a funny and vulgar charlie and stella story. The second story is a particualrlry scary story with herr lipp. The third story is a look into the past with mr chinery. League fans will love the susprise ending. Hello dave...moreless
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Liza Tarbuck


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Andrew Melville

Andrew Melville

Old Matthew Parker

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (5)

    • The railway segments of Chinnery's story were filmed at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in Yorkshire.

    • The operation in the Victorian segment was filmed at The Old Operating Museum and Herb Garrett in south London.

    • The Duisburg Church is actually St Bartholomew The Great, located in West Smithfield, London.

    • The "doctors surgery" that the Victorian Chinnery is interviewed in is actually located in Princelet Street, Spitalfields, London.

    • Something of a precursor to the third season, this special is a break with most of the LoG norm: no laugh track, location filming, a darker tone and more self-contained stories. Not as obviously funny, but there is still plenty of humour there: you just have to look harder to find it. Very intelligent stuff.

      The Solutions group appears to comprise of Val Denton, Pauline, Vinnie & Reenie, Iris & Judee, Pam Doove and a few others we don't know. They all have masks on, so we only hear their voices. On the DVD commentary, the League reveal that it wasn't them behind most of the masks: Mark was playing Val, Steve was Pauline, and Reece was Stella, but most of the others were doubles.

      Jeremy Dyson has a brief cameo as a man in the audience during Chinnery's operation on the rabbit (he's the man who says "sorry...")

      The 1895 scenes feature Victorian versions of Pauline, Mickey & Ross (outside the "Oriel Workhouse"), Harvey Denton (holding a collecting tin), and Barbara ("I'm a martyr to me monthlies!")