League of Gentlemen return confirmed

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 August 2017
Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss

'League of Gentlemen' will be back for three new episodes later this year

'The League of Gentlemen' is returning this year.

The cult comedy series will return to BBC2 for the first time since 2002 for three special episodes, the broadcaster have confirmed, after initially teasing fans with a Twitter post featuring a picture of the sign for the town of Royston Vasey - the fictional home of the show - and asking: "Are you local?"

Co-creator and star Reece Shearsmith shared the post and wrote: "We're back."

And an official statement confirmed: "'BBC Two can confirm that the much-loved and critically-acclaimed comedy 'The League Of Gentlemen' will be back on screen later this year for three special episodes, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary since their debut on BBC Radio.

"Their career launched with the BBC in the same year they won the Perrier Award for Comedy at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson will be reuniting for a return to Royston Vasey.

"'The League Of Gentlemen' ran for three series on BBC Two and won the Rose D'Or and the BAFTA for Best Comedy Series in 2000."

The 'League of Gentlemen' originally aired on BBC Radio 4 before moving to television on BBC Two.

It is based around residents of the fictional Pennines town of Royston Vasey and ran for three series, each featuring six episodes, from 1999 to 2002 and went on to win a BAFTA.

A film adaptation was also made in 2005 called 'The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse'.

Back in October 2016, Gatiss revealed he and the rest of the gang had discussed reuniting to bring back their popular characters like Papa Lazarou, Tubbs, and Herr Lipp.

He said at the time: "We're hoping to do it again. We've talked seriously about doing something. We're not quite sure what it is yet but we'd love to do something. I think increasingly talking about prescience, we have become a local country for local people and I wonder if there is something Brexity in us that we can do."

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