The League of Gentlemen

Season 3 Episode 2

The One-Armed Man Is King

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2002 on BBC Two
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The One-Armed Man Is King
Lance's new arm turns out to be more than he bargained for, while Glen and Barry are taught the proper way to collect past-due payments.

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    • The "Go Johnny Go Go Go Go" card game was based on a few different things. One was a couple of guys Jeremy Dyson sat near on a trip back from Leeds. One kept calling the other "Young Man", and the "Young Man" kept calling the other guy "Sir" -- and after a while it got really annoying. The other inspiration is Jeremy's childhood, when his older brother would try to teach him card games that he knew Jeremy was too young to understand with their wildly complicated rules.

    • The majority of the time the lady's arm actually does belong to Mark Gatiss (who plays Lance). However occasionally (during the dream sequence) the arm is that of a real lady, Wim Booth. Wim Booth is a professional puppeteer and mime artiste.

    • The airdates for the rest of this season are for the first UK airing, on BBC Choice. This episode aired on BBC Choice straight after the first episode aired on BBC 2, thereafter Choice is a week ahead of BBC 2.

      Pop has a brief cameo as the MC at the club Lance goes to. The original script for the episode had a cameo from Iris as well, dancing at the club. We sort-of still see her bum, but that's all.

      The Owen Fallowfield scene was originally written for episode five but moved (presumably for timing reasons). It's very reminiscent of the Stumphole Cavern sketch.


    • Lance: the chainsaw
      Not a quote really. When Lance runs down to the basement, he goes to grab a chainsaw to cut off his possessed arm, ala Bruce Campbell in The Evil Dead.