Written by and starring newcomers Chris Bran and Justin Chubb, the eccentric eight-part series is the channel’s first original comedy commission.
This Is Jinsy follows Arbiter Maven (Chubb) and Operative Sporall (Bran) as they keep a close eye on the 791 residents of Jinsy from the Great Tower in the parish of Veen. Life on the island is rather Orwellian: each colourful member of the community is monitored by a surveillance system of tessellators, from local folk dribbler Melody Lane to weather monk Tracee Henge.
David Tennant will guest star as Mr Slightlyman, a corrupt, camp wedding planner with bad plastic surgery, while his Doctor Who Series 4 companion Catherine Tate will play Roopina Crale, Chief Editor of ‘Glove Hygiene Monthly’.
Jennifer Saunders will provide the Voice of Miss Reason, who each episode delivers island announcements, with her Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jane Horrocks will play Mrs Stenton, the head teacher of The White Apron Play Group, with a peculiar attachment to a crow glove puppet.
Other guest stars include Harry Hill as the sinister Joon Boolay, Simon Callow (Four Weddings And A Funeral) as Threcker, Kevin Eldon (I‘m Alan Partridge) as eco-warrior Edery Molt, Peter Serafinowicz as conniving salesman Eric Bunt, Brian Murphy (George And Mildred) as Melty Harris, Colin Hoult as Seebry Mungerton, Marek Larwood as Caravel Didd-Onion, Nigel Planer as Man With No Nameworm, Don Warrington plays Chief Thinker, KT Tunstall as Briiian Raggatan, and Marcia Warren as singer Mrs Oon.
The show’s regular cast members are Alice Lowe as Soosan Noop, Janine Duvitski as Mrs Goadion and Geoff McGivern as Trince.
Producers Chris Carey and James Dean commented: “We have been overwhelmed by the calibre of support that This Is Jinsy has attracted. It’s testament to the brilliant writing and extraordinary vision of Chris and Justin.”
This Is Jinsy is set to air in September on Sky Atlantic.