Psychoville: a message from Reece Shearsmith
Well, it's very exciting to be back on the telly. Finally, something that is literally my sense of humour. I expect it will be strangely anticlimactic. After all, I could put the DVD in and watch it right now if I wanted, couldn't I. But there is something slightly different in knowing it is actually on the telly in every home in Britain - being missed my millions of people. It's an odd feeling to be on the precipice of having the show unveiled to the public. It has been in and on my mind since the summer of 2006 - and part of me doesn't want to let that go. But let it go I must. Others may now watch it - and in three minutes dismiss or embrace the work of three years. That's the nature of it.
So now here we are on the day of it "going out" - and I'm oddly calm. It can't be stopped now. (Although it may be in subsequent weeks if Wimbledon overruns). Steve (Pemberton) asked me round for a drink at his house. I said "why?" and he said "just to mark it". But I think he's not bothering now. So I'll watch it at home - mainly to listen to how apologetic the continuity announcer is about the show as they introduce it.
A lot of previews have latched on to the "D" word again. Not "dull" - "dark". And some have even said, "it looks exactly like any episode of The league of Gentlemen" - but how do they know? Unless they were alive in 1999 - and I very much doubt that! And as we all know, no copies of that now largely forgotten show exist. All destroyed after transmission.
Remember to watch out for website addresses in the programme, as there will be questions at the end from "you know who". The online experience invites you to solve your own set of mysteries, and you can get cracking with that right after episode one. (Or if you are greedy for more - you can press a red button and get the next episode straight away).
I hope you enjoy trying to piece together this puzzle of a show. If however, it's not possible for you to enjoy something unless you know exactly what is happening at all times, don't watch. Avoid. But should you want to catch a new series full of strange demented characters that are both grotesque and horrifying, then tune in tonight. Ten O'clock. Big Brother.
Reece Shearsmith is co-creator of Psychoville. He also drew that sketch of Mr Jelly.
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