9:30pm – Wednesday, May 12 on ABC1
Welcome to Psychoville, a spine-tingling, jaw-dropping, thrilling mystery comedy populated with grotesque Gothic characters whose bizarre lives are thrown into disarray by the receipt of an anonymous missive bearing the chilling message: ‘I know what you did…’ Like the best whodunnits, each episode draws viewers deeper and deeper into the kind of world that only the creators of The League Of Gentlemen, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, could dream up.
An embittered hook-handed clown, Mr Jelly, who makes balloon animals; a desperately misguided midwife, Joy, with a very odd child; Robert, a love-struck telekinetic dwarf in love with Snow White, his pantomime co-star; a blind avaricious collector, Mr Lomax; and a murder-obsessed man-child, David – all are affected in different ways by the message and their already strange lives are hilariously turned on their heads.
Tonight, Mr Lomax enlists the help of his care-worker Michael in the quest to complete his unusual collection of ‘commodities’ and they soon enter into an eBay bidding war.
Things go from bad to worse when a misunderstanding leads David, and his mum Maureen, to try and cover up events that took place at the Murder Mystery evening and Robert is surprised when Debbie asks him out on a dinner date. Meanwhile, a mysterious black-gloved figure is contacting Joy, Jelly and the rest with another chilling message about the past.
Everyone familiar with The League of Gentlemen will know what to expect from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s latest offering.
Although billed as a comedy-thriller, the comedy is as bitter as chocolate made from 100 per cent cocoa solids. But in the absence of laughter, there is a twisted narrative like a coherent nightmare.
Once again they have created a fully imagined world unlike anything else around. It’s weird, and it’s not to everyone’s taste, but it packs enough mystery and clever writing into each half hour to make viewers curious to see more.
Psychoville will be repeated on ABC2 – Thursday, May 13 at 9:00pm