Psychoville: a message from Steve Pemberton
Now I'd accidentally joined Twitter a few weeks ago, attempting to read a 'tweet' from someone who'd mentioned Psychoville. I didn't realise that this made me an official Twitterer. Even though I'd used a silly name (Uncle Pockets, from the Danny Kaye song) my real name appeared alongside it. I started to attract 'followers' at an alarming rate, a bit like Life of Brian. I'm afraid I panicked and closed down my account.
However I since learnt to read Twitters without having to expose myself to the world, and I was delighted to see that we had 'trended'. This means that Psychoville was one of the ten most discussed subjects on Twitter IN THE WORLD! Just below IranElections and the new iPhone. I don't know much about webstuff, but I knew that was a good sign - they couldn't all be saying it was crap.
The reviews were largely very good, though I have to take issue with the critics who dismissed it as 'banal' or 'lacking in plot'. Whatever you think of Psychoville, I'm pretty sure it isn't bland or storyless. But you have to take the good, bad and indifferent reviews in the same spirit I suppose. I hope that everyone who enjoyed Episode One will tune in this Thursday for Episode Two, which tells us a bit more about Mr Lomax's commodities, sees Mr Jelly sabotage Mr Jolly's Punch & Judy show (filmed at our children's school in North London), and we discover why Joy takes a bottle of Vimto into work with her every day.
So a huge thank you to all bloggers, twitterers and website posters out there for getting behind the show and spreading the word so quickly and so effectively. We hope you're enjoying the websites we've created for the characters and aren't too taxed by the Black Gloved Figure's questions (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you can take part in the Psychoville Experience at the website) - and if you do find them, please do have a good look round the sites, there's funny stuff in the biogs, guestbooks, FAQs etc - not just answers to the questions you've been posed.
Thanks for watching. And please, do have nightmares.
PS - Apologies to all angry Bristolians, we know there are many arguments about Bristol being a county in its own right, but the caption 'Bristol, Bristol' just wouldn't have seemed right. Mind you, now I look at it, it is rather funny...
Steve Pemberton is co-creator of Psychoville.
Psychoville continues this Thursday at 10pm on BBC Two.