The League of Gentlemen to make TV comeback, writer announces

The League of Gentlemen will be returning to television screens, its writer has announced - much to the excitement of fans.

Tuesday, 25th April 2017, 8:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:37 pm
The League of Gentlemen will be back for an anniversary special

The massively popular comedy ran from 1999 to 2002 after launching on the BBC, and rumours of its return have circulated for some time.

Writer Mark Gatiss has now confirmed on Twitter that the show will be back for an anniversary special.

He was replying to a tweet from film director Duncan Jones, who is a fan of the show, saying: “You may be pleased to know that we're planning a 'League' anniversary special!”

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The League of Gentlemen was set in the quirky northern town of Royston Vasey (taken from the real name of controversial comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown), based on the real-life market town of Alston, Cumbria, following the lives of bizarre townsfolk and visitors.

After the finale of The League of Gentlemen, Gatiss went on to co-create another massively popular series in the form of Sherlock, where he also starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, playing the title character's brother Mycroft.

Fellow The League of Gentlemen creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith went on to weave dark comedies Psychoville and Inside No 9 after leaving Royston Vasey.

The show's fourth creator, Jeremy Dyson, has worked on a number of comedies, including Grandma's House, The Wrong Mans and Tracey Ullman's Show.