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Psychoville — part two


The confounding collection of characters is back in Psychoville. The survivors of the explosion at Ravenhill Psychiatric Hospital reunite to bury one of their number, but they remain under surveillance by the mysterious Grace Andrews.

Dawn French returns as the nurse with a special baby, Joy Aston.

Midwife Joy in Psychoville

Psychoville 2 starts Thursday 5 May 2011, 10pm, BBC Two (see all)

Psychoville Halloween Special


Dawn French is back as nutty nurse Joy Aston in the Psychoville Halloween Special. If you missed it, you can catch it now on iPlayer.

A dark Dawn in Psychoville


Prepare for a helping of horror in the new darkly comic serial thriller from two of the minds behind The League of Gentlemen. Dibley it ain’t.

Psychoville explores the lives of five curious characters — spread around the country and apparently unconnected. One thing unites them; they have each received an anonymous card that warns, “I know what you did…”

Dawn French plays Joy Aston, a desperately misguided midwife with a very odd child. As she and the other characters receive this chilling message, we follow their everyday, strange and scary lives.

Among the other characters are:

  • Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith) — an embittered hook-handed clown and children’s entertainer. Mr Jelly is tormented by the success of his rival Mr Jolly
  • Robert (Jason Tompkins) — a love-struck telekinetic dwarf. Robert is performing in Snow White as Blusher and in love with his panto Snow White
  • Debbie/Snow White (Daisy Haggard) — Debbie is beautiful and not very smart
  • David Sowerbutts (Steve Pemberton) — a serial-killer-obsessed man-child

Midwife Joy in Psychoville

A big part of this dark world is the online experience that the show’s creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have written to run in parallel with the show. Each character gets their own website with video, plus extra comedy and details about them. Users can also interact with the mystery blackmailer or blackmail a friend through a viral tie-in with The Graham Norton Show.


Psychoville starts Thursday 18 June 2009 10pm, BBC Two (see all)

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