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The League of Gentlemen

Reece says "We never wanted to be known as sick or depraved."
(l-r) Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss
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Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson met while studying drama at Bretton Hall in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The League of Gentlemen began life as a sketch show on the London fringe. After appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1996, they were signed up by the BBC.

The world at large was first introduced to the inhabitants of Spent when the show aired on Radio 4 and promptly won a Sony Award.

In 2000, the show moved to television - and the characters apparently relocated to Royston Vasey! - and quickly gathered a clutch of awards, more fans and the phrases, "This is a local shop for local people" and "You'll never leave"

Characters like Barbara the transsexual taxi driver, Pauline Campbell-Jones of Job Club and Edward and Tubbs Tattsyrup proved a hit with comedy fans and the show won a BAFTA and many other awards.

According to Reece, writing is a very lengthy process, it took 10 months to write the latest series. They write in pairs, Reece and Steve, Mark and Jeremy.

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