EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW SCREENING OF ‘THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN’S APOCALYPSE’ AT THE PHOENIX CINEMA IN THE COMPANY OF STEVE PEMBERTON AND REECE SHEARSMITH IN AID OF THE PHOENIX ’S SEATING CAMPAIGN
The Phoenix Cinema is honoured to host an advance preview screening of The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse; a darkly funny film that sees the characters of Royston Vasey colliding with their creators. The screening, which takes place on Sunday 22 nd May at 6.45, will be a chance for fans of the hugely popular, original show to get a sneak preview of the film before its national release date of Friday 3 rd June.
The event will be introduced by Steve Pemberton and the film will be followed by a question and answer session with Steve, Reece Shearsmith and, it is hoped, other members of the League of Gentlemen.
Steve Pemberton who lives locally to the Phoenix has generously agreed that all funds from the event should go to the Phoenix ’s seat campaign. ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably’ aims to raise money to replace the cinema’s 1970s seating with a new seat exclusively designed for the cinema to bring its comfort levels up to modern standards.
The Phoenix is uniquely operated by a charitable trust and all work has been met by voluntary donations and grants. The seat replacement is one stage of our exciting refurbishment plans, more of which will be discussed on the evening of 22 nd.
Tickets for this special event are priced at £20 and can be bought from the Box Office on 020 8444 6789.
The Phoenix Cinema is in East Finchley , North London . www.phoneixcinema.co.uk
TV and a Tour
The first series is being repeated on BBC2 from 3rd May at 10pm and...
The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You, a local show for local people is rumoured to be kicking off from 12 October - I am trying to get it confirmed, more info as I get it!
" I simply can't wait to see Improbable's 'Theatre of Blood'. Why has no-one thought of this before? I've always considered the film the classiest of beasts and the idea of Jim Broadbent taking on the mantle of Edward Lionheart fills me with a queasy thrill of joyful terror. Friends, Romans, NT patrons, lend me your ears, guts and innards! Go see!"
The competition for this ends tomorrow by the way so enter now or...miss it!
Film release date
The 3rd June 2005 is still the release date, ignore any other dates you may see!
I saw the film yeaterday and I have to say that it was brilliant! I will write a full review tonight but I wanted to let you all know that the film is amazing, it is the League at their best and it is a best we haven't seen before, this is better than anything they have ever done...ok I am a fan saying that, but when they get a round of applause at a press screening that says a lot!
I am lucky enough to be going to an advance screening of the film on Monday 25th April so expect a full report on Tuesday!
Theatre of Blood
As fans may know, this film is one of the League's favourites and there is a new adaptation of the film being shown at the National Theatre in London. Mark Gatiss is writing an article for the programme and the good news is...you can win two tickets to the opening night courtest of this web site! Visit the Blood and Guts web site here for more information but you can enter the competition here!
Vesuvius Club Competition Closed
Thanks to all those that entered, the winners are: Kathy Kearl, Katryn Bradford and Rob Gilroy can the winners please contact me to discuss size and delivery address!
Blue badge guide Ray Hoerty leads a League of Gentlemen Trail around Royston Vasey on Tuesday, April 19 at 1.30pm as part of the Peak District Walking Festival. Free. Booking essential on 0870 4447275.
Ok, as promised here are the edited highlights of last nights 50 greatest sketches with the gents at 23, 14 and number3! This runs for over ten minutes and the large file is 20meg so broadband users only I guess! Right click and save target as then watch at your leisure!
Thanks to Ian for scanning these images from maxim mag! 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
50 Greatest sketches!
Congratulations to the League for their amazing listings in this channel4 show last night! Pauline, Papa Laz and Edward and Tubbs at number 3! Plus a clip from the film! I will have the League bits on the site soon!
Too much acting!
Sienna Miller will make her West End debut alongside Helen McCrory,
Dominic West and Reece Shearsmith in a new production of
Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by David Lan, artistic
director of the Young Vic.Miller, who recently starred in the films Alfie and Layer Cake, trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and has featured in New York productions of Independence, A School for Scandal and Cigarettes and Chocolate. She will appear as Celia, while McCrory,
whose extensive career includes work for the Almeida, Donmar and
National theatres, as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company, will
West will return to British theatre as Orlando, after a US film and
television career which has seen him feature most notably in the HBO series The Wire, while Shearsmith, star and creator of BBC comedy The League of Gentleman and who has appeared in the West End in Art, will make his classical stage debut playing Jacques.
Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions in association with the Young Vic, the show will begin previews at the Wyndhams Theatre from June 3, with press night on June 21 and bookings taken until September 3.
A new Poster!
Mark in the news
Mark will be in the new quartermas on BBC4 in April, read more here! Plus a new interview with Mark here!
1 DVD's At Last!
of June 14th all of you in region 1 can enjoy the
pure genius that is The League of Gentlemen! Visit
the Region 1 Page here
is 7MB so not for our dial up visitors but you can
watch the clip of last nights Film 2005 special on
the Interviews page by clicking here
update - There is a new way to enter, click
on the link below
2005 and tour news!
for the lack of updates recently, I moved house on
the 25th February and it has taken until today for
BT to get their act together and get me online! I
have a few words to say about SKY TV too but firstly,
Gents have booked 2 dates in November at their local
theatre, nothing more on this at the moment but when
I interviewed them last year they did say that they
wanted to tour once the film was out of the way! They
were unsure what they will do on stage but at that
point it wasn't the stage version of the film as I
suggested! Thanks to Hayley for the November info,
at the moment though it is unclear if this is the
start of a nationwide tour or if it will be limited
to 'local' venues!
miss Film 2005 tonight 11.30 PM BBC1 as they have
an on-set behind the scenes special! You can read
about it here
but I hope to have the clip online tomorrow!
League will feature in the March 29th issue!
The DVD Collection at 8.30pm BBC4 will feature Stuart
Maconie and Mark Gatiss who examine the evidence for
the definitive Sherlock Holmes on DVD!
Broadband - Anyone moving home is urged to
give BT at least 2 months notice as I only gave 3
weeks and they still messed it up!
TV - Do not use SKY. Simple as that really.
I gave them notice to cancel yet despite that they
still managed to get another month and a halfs subscription
out of me. They are great when you want to sign up
but as soon as you want to leave they act like vampires
sucking every last penny out of you! If the person
you speak to does not write the correct notes on your
account then it is your word against theirs and who
is going to take SKY to court over £45? I was
leaving anyway but I will never go back to them! I
am now looking at some of the upcoming Pay per view
on demand type providers as well as the cable providers.
The problem with SKY TV is you pay so much for each
channel but of course you can only watch one channel
at once! It is poor value really and lets face it...a
satelite dish on the side of your house is starting
to look a little chavish!
here to read all
the official information on the movie with an exclusive
picture and what I believe to be the films logo!
will be screenings of the film in February which I
have been promised an invite to, so expect a full
Gents will be taking part in a comedy show in aid
of the Tsunami disaster, along with other comedians.
here to find out more info and the number for
There's also an auction being held in Glossop, this
Sat 22nd Jan in aid of the DEC Tsunami Appeal.There's
also two signs up for auction from the set of League
of Gentlemen with permision from the BBC. The first
reads, 'Joke Shop' and the second 'Jokes to die for'.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a look
at the signs and to place a bid if you are interested.
The highest bid by this Saturday will win the signs.
The same seller also has 'Babs Cab' for sale (yes
the actual car!). Again, email him for details. The
fund-raiser is to held at Bradbury Community Centre
in the centre of Glossop at 1:00pm this Sat.
error in the title. It's actually The League of Gentlemen's
Apocalypse. And the teaser will start running in the
UK this Friday in
front of Meet the Fockers and Team America.
Film release date at last! Official Web Site News
- The League of Gentlemen Apocalypse
today spilled the release date and final title for
the League film, both of which were apparently set
today. It hits UK theaters April 22nd as League of
people and rising yet still Boltons shops were full
today with people shopping and the restaurants were
full of families eating together...my family amongst
them, untouched by the horror except in our hearts.
If you haven't already made a donation to the Disasters
Emergency Committee at http://www.dec.org.uk/ then
click here and do it now, the money goes
to many of the charities working in the area including
Oxfam and the Red Cross.
Gatiss is set to star in a new BBC3 comedy drama.
"Funland" is co-written by Gatiss' "League
of Gentlemen" colleague Jeremy Dyson.
show, which is being produced at the BBC's Manchester-based
comedy unit, centres around a family involved in Blackpool's
entertainment industry, who have connections to the
about the new show the editor of the BBC's comedy
unit, Kenton Allen said: "Funland is the bastard
son of The League of Gentleman and EastEnders after
a really heavy night on the town with Twin Peaks.
a big sprawling piece, not a sitcom with just four
and EastEnders writer Simon Ashdown have penned the
first hour-long episode, with ten more half-hour scripts
in the pipeline. It is due to go into production in
to the Yahoo group for letting me know this was out!
League of Gentlemen’s Mark Gatiss is to star
in a futuristic new Radio 4 comedy in the new year
created Nebulous with Graham Duff, writer of BBC Two's
Dr Terrible’s House Of Horrible, who penned
the full series.
Nebulous heads an ecological troubleshooting organization
called K.E.N.T., which is trying to return a post-apocalyptic
England to normality.
show is set in 2099, when most livestock has been
eliminated, the year has been restructured to include
new months such as Octember and Janril, and there’s
even a new season: Hamble, which falls between Spring
and Summer and is generally drizzly.
(which stands for something different each week),
tackles such problems as killer cacti or a new colour
which sends people insane, even though it is so woefully
short of cash, it has to subsidise its work by running
a launderette. There is also a generously-funded rival
ecological trouble-shooting organisation, L.O.U.G.H.B.O.R.O.U.G.H.
show starts on Radio 4 at 11pm on January 6.
has just finished filming the League Of Gentlemen
movie, called Royston Vasey: The Motion Picture or The League of Gentlemen: The Motion Picture, and also wrote one of
the stories in the forthcoming Dr Who revival. The name for the film is not yet decided so it may also be Royston Vasey the Movie
Gentleman who wants to be a Lord by Steve Pratt
of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss was delighted to be
asked to write an
episode of the new Dr Who TV series, but he would
really like to play The
League Of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss would have loved
to have been the new
Doctor Who. But it was not meant to be. Instead, he's
written for the new
This isn't the first brush of the County Durham-born
actor and writer with
the Time Lord. He wrote several Doctor Who books in
the 1990s and one is a
favourite of Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies,
who's leading the
writing team on the TV revival.
"Doctor Who was my first book published and it
never goes away. Russell says
it's his favourite Doctor Who story," says Gatiss
on the phone from Ireland,
where the award-winning League Of Gentlemen are shooting
their first feature
His novels featured three Doctors - Sylvester McCoy,
Patrick Troughton and
his favourite, Jon Pertwee. The new TV series will
differ from the one
fondly remembered by fans. "The thing to bear
in mind is Doctor Who was not
a cult programme until its dying years. It was a mass
watched by ten million every week," Gatiss reminds
"The key to the success of the new show is that
it's trying to appeal to a
broad audience. It may p*** off some old fans but
that's a good thing. If it
only addresses itself to old style fans, it's not
succeeded. It has to
appeal to a ten-year-old kid that's not heard of it.
"All these years, people have been saying, 'Wouldn't
it be great if Doctor
Who came back?' but those scenarios were played out
in an imaginary world.
Now in the real world it has to compete against Ant
And Dec's Saturday Night
He's confident that new Doctor Who Christopher Ecclestone
committed to the role in a wonderful way" and
is "a new version of the
doctor we haven't seen before".
Gatiss has written the third episode in the series,
which abandons the four
or six parters of the past in favour of single or
two-part adventures. His
story introduces writer Charles Dickens (played by
Simon Callow) into the
world of the Time Lord.
"It's a totally different format. That was a
big change in mindset, having
grown up with four or six part cliffhangers,"
he says. "The new series is
for modern TV and, to be honest, it really benefits
because it goes at such
He spent two days on the set but resisted asking to
make a guest appearance.
"I'm waiting for my proper part," he jokes
about his continued desire to
Gatiss couldn't hang around any longer because he
was needed in Ireland as
filming began on The League Of Gentlemen feature film.
Compared to many
British movies, it's got in front of the cameras comparatively
"We've been living with the script for 18 months
and the financing of a film
is a nightmare situation. We've had a few ups and
downs. But it's working
out. It's amazing what a difference it makes when
you are finally in
production. It's a low budget film but tremendously
ambitious," he says.
A day off from filming was spent doing publicity for
his new novel, The
Vesuvius Club, about the exploits of an Edwardian
secret agent. It was
commissioned three years ago and he's been writing
it in tandem with The
League's film since then.
"John Jarrold, who's a fan of the show and had
read some of my Doctor Who
books, took me to lunch and said the terrifying words,
'Whatever you want to
write'," he recalls.
"It's very nice but ultimately very frightening.
I didn't know what to do
but, at the back of my mind, I'd always fancied doing
a secret agent story.
I'm a big fan of John Buchan.
"I thought at first it might be quite a hard
book like Fleming's, but that
changed. I didn't want anyone to think I had any serious
aspirations. I wanted to write the book I always want
to take on holiday but
never quite find."
Enter Lucifer Box, a portrait painter who's a wit,
a dandy, a rake and the
guest all hostesses (and a few hosts) want to have.
He also happens to be
His Majesty's most accomplished and daring secret
agent, a deducer and
seducer of the highest order.
As you read The Vesuvius Club, you can visualise the
TV drama or film that
could be made from his book. Gatiss rather fancies
seeing it as a four-part
BBC serial. Time will tell if that happens.
"It was fun but also an ordeal, like all writing
is. There were times I
cursed and times I was having such a good time,"
"The Edwardian period is my favourite time. I
was brought up on Holmes and
Fu Manchu, so I just used my book as an excuse to
read even more stuff and
completely immerse myself in it.
"But I did the thing I wasn't supposed to do
- I got so excited and started
writing before I had fully thrashed out the plot.
In the end I had to get
rid of stuff that I quite liked."
He's contracted to do more Lucifer Box books. He'd
like to move him on 20
years and do a Dennis Wheatley, early 1930s-style
book which would give him
"a whole new cartload of things to have fun with".
He hasn't been neglecting his acting, playing a curate
in one of the new
ITV1 Miss Marple whodunits, The Murder At The Vicarage.
Gatiss also has a
part in the new film Woody Allen made in London during
the summer. His scene
involved playing table tennis with hot Hollywood actress
"Whether that will survive the edit, I don't
know," he says.
am starting a new web site dedicated to finding bikers
(like myself) the best deals on Superbikes. The Web
Site is at http://www.superbikedeals.com
and when launched in February 2005 it will provide
the best prices for Kawasaki Honda Suzuki Yamaha Ducati
Aprilia and Triumph, in other words the best motorbike
deals, discounted motorbikes, best deals on bikes!
Ducati Prices Kawasaki Prices Yamah Price Suzuki list
price aprilia discounts no part exchange deals cheap
bike insurance low rate finance technical advice
help I need is if you have a web site or a forum can
you please provide a link to the web site somewhere
on your site, no matter what country you are in! If
you email me at email@example.com and let me
know where the link is I will add a link to your site
from this site on the new links page when it is launched,
no matter what the site is!
spent today on the film set in Hadfoeld being looked
after by Premier PR and at the end of filming had
the opportunity to Interview Mark and Steve...still
in costume! I will post the full story in two days
so come back soon!