The Film: The League Of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse (2005)
The Show: The League Of Gentlemen, which grew out of first a stage show and then Radio 4’s On The Town With The League Of Gentlemen.
The comedy troupe of Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and non-performing co-writer Jeremy Dyson created a show set in the distinctly weird northern village of Royston Vasey.
Strange characters interact and a raft of catchphrases (“Are you local?” etc) are born in true Britcom tradition.
Where it went wrong: Given the film-loving smarts of its creators, they naturally tried to channel their favourite Hammer and other horror movies to make a story about the characters crossing into our world work.
But all it really did was point up the sketch-based nature of the series and the fact that Tubbs, Edward and co simply didn’t live all that well on the big screen.
Even with big-name genre stars like David Warner involved.
We said: “Often, it felt like a better idea than it did a finished film.”
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