Psychoville Review: Series 2 Episode 1

PSYCHOVILLE: Thursday 5th May, BBC2, 10pm ALERT ME

Dark, twisted and incredibly funny, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pembleton’s macabre creation, Psychoville, returns for its second series tonight. The show left fans frustrated and drooling with anticipation after a surprise cliff-hanger at the end of the last outing, and while it doesn’t answer many of the questions that the fans asked, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Most of Psychoville’s favourite characters return and there are some fantastic new ones added to the mix. Imelda Staunton’s new mysterious M-type character is an instant hit, as was Shearsmith’s librarian who goes to great lengths to make sure books are returned under fear of being haunted by the puzzling ‘silent singer’.

The show kicks off with the funeral of Mr Jolly, Mr Jelly’s arch-rival and there’s a cheeky running gag stuck in the trailers that left fans uncertain as to who actually died at the end of series one. In this series opener some ends are tied up, others are left wide open and some just manage to untie themselves even further, with some very shocking twists thrown in just to keep you on your toes.

Maintaining the dark and sinister tone that Shearsmith and Pemberton are known and loved for, Psychoville’s ‘favourite’ characters have some great plots lining up straight off the bat. David Sowerbutts could get even weirder this series (yeah, it might just be possible) and Dawn French’s Joy has managed to move from her doll to something a whole lot more unsettling.

Shearsmith and Pembleton were able to keep great momentum going from the end of series one (many claim they threw in the cliff-hanger just so they’d get a second series) and are able to hit the ground running. Series two is shaping up to be just as funny and uncomfortable as the first series.