This is Jinsy
|This is Jinsy|
|Genre||Surreal comedy, Sitcom|
|Created by||Chris Bran
|Written by||Chris Bran
|Directed by||Matt Lipsey|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (+ 1 pilot)|
|Executive producer(s)||Lucy Lumsden|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Welded Tandem Picture Company|
|Original channel||BBC Three (pilot)
Sky Atlantic (series)
|Original run||1 March 2010 – present|
This is Jinsy is a British comedy series. The pilot first aired on 1 March 2010 on BBC Three. The programme is about the bizarre residents of the fictional island of Jinsy and based on the island of Guernsey, where the two writers are from. The show was written by Chris Bran and Justin Chubb who also play the leading roles. Although the pilot episode was made for the BBC, the full series of eight episodes was picked up by Sky Atlantic. The first series began airing with a double bill on 19 September 2011 and ended on 31 October 2011. A second series has been commissioned and is expected to air in 2013.
- Justin Chubb as Arbiter Maven
- Chris Bran as Sporall
- Alice Lowe as Soosan Noop
- Janine Duvitski as Mrs Goadion
- Geoff McGivern as Trince
- Harry Hill as Joon Boolay
- Jennifer Saunders as The Voice of Miss Reason 
- Tim Downie as Jinsy Player
- Dave Mounfield as Jinsy Player
- Emma Kennedy as Jinsy Player
|BBC Three Pilot - Bandy Dog Red||Maven and Sporall are tasked with the historic installation of the first tesselator on old jinsy, a tribal island covered in brambles.||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||01/03/10|
|01 - Wedding Lottery||The islanders are married off in the wedding lottery. Maven enters Sporall into the draw.||Matt Lipsey||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||0.179||David Tennant||19/09/11|
|02 - Cupboards||Maven is convinced cupboard salesman Eric Dunt is their deity. Sporall is unconvinced.||Matt Lipsey||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||0.100||Peter Serafinowicz||19/09/11|
|03 - Beardboy||While Maven prepares for an interview with the editor of Glove Hygiene Monthly, the beard-growing contest is disrupted by an attacker with a taste for facial hair.||Matt Lipsey||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||0.187||Catherine Tate||26/09/11|
|04 - Ool Bat||An environmentalist threatens to scupper Maven's project for a new bridge in the shape of his nose.||Matt Lipsey||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||0.111||Kevin Eldon, KT Tunstall and Adam Gillen||03/10/11|
|05 - Nameworm||Maven embarks on a journey in treacherous winter conditions accompanied by a former teacher, who torments him on the way.||Matt Lipsey||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||0.096||Simon Callow and Nigel Planer||10/10/11|
|06 - Vel||Maven attempts to cheat in order to join Jinsy's Intellectual Elite.||Matt Lipsey||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||0.114||Jane Horrocks, Don Warrington and Marek Larwood||17/10/11|
|07 - Zoop||After a banned rock band plan to break the Arbiter's rules, Maven himself tries to foil their plans.||Matt Lipsey||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||0.089||Marcia Warren||24/10/11|
|08 - Kelpman||Maven becomes the highlight of Jinsy as he tries to fix a desolate tessellator, meanwhile Sporall discovers a new form of entertainment.||Matt Lipsey||Chris Bran and Justin Chubb||0.088||Brian Murphy and Colin Hoult||31/10/11|
The pilot of This is Jinsy was produced by the Welded Tandem Picture Company and filmed at Greenford Studios in July 2009. It was directed by Chris Bran and Justin Chubb; script editor was Emma Kennedy.
The Radio Times described the pilot as "infectiously funny as an overstuffed owl. A full series please."Time Out described it as "a lo-fi joy to behold" and the Daily Mail wrote "Has the wit to become a less malevolent League of Gentlemen".
Alice-Azania Jarvis, reviewing the first two episodes for The Independent, calls it "brilliantly done" and "genuinely surreal". Keith Watson writes in The Metro, Bran and Chubb "teetered on the brink of drowning in the ocean of whimsy", but that "This is Jinsy pulled off the trick of turning its multifarious influences into something that felt fresh and new."
Series 1 of This is Jinsy was nominated in the Best Sketch Show category for the British Comedy Awards 2011.
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- Time Out Magazine TV preview Wed 24 March
- The Daily Mail - Preview section Saturday 27 February 2010
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- Watson, Keith (19 September 2011). "This Is Jinsy, series 1, episode 1: TV review". Metro. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Rose d'Or Nominees. The Rose D'Or 2010 Website
- Official website
- This is Jinsy at BBC Programmes
- This is Jinsy at the Internet Movie Database
- This is Jinsy at the British Comedy Guide