Twenty years after they first appeared on Radio 4 The League Of Gentlemen – Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and unseen co-writer Jeremy Dyson – have been hard to avoid this Christmas season. There’s been a trio of anniversary reunion specials in the week leading up to Christmas, then on Christmas Day itself Gatiss starred in Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who, Twice Upon A Time, before the new year sees a whole new series of Pemberton and Shearsmith’s darkly comic anthology series Inside No. 9.
In the years between the series’ end in 2002 and this Christmas’ anniversary specials the individual members of the League have been far from idle. Going their separate ways (but often continuing to show up in each other’s work), Gatiss, Pemberton, Shearsmith and Dyson have produced an impressive array of ghost stories, detective stories, sci-fi adventures, and even more comic grotesques.
There’s been regular acting work for all of them, from Gatiss’ turn as an oily banker in Game Of Thrones, to Pemberton’s recurring role on long running Costa Blanca sitcom Benidorm, to Shearsmith’s appearances in the disturbing films of Ben Wheatley.
It’s not their acting in other people’s work that this list is interested in, though. Instead, this is a countdown of the fifteen shows and movies created, written or directed by members of The League Of Gentlemen in the time between the original series and the reunion. So, let’s begin with a decade old BBC Four docudrama that few will remember…