History Series / Psychoville

7th Apr '17 9:56:23 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* MacGuffin: ''50 Great Coastal Walks of the British Isles, Volume 2''. Averted with Kenchington's locket, which looks like a classic MacGuffin to the GenreSavvy, but is actually vital to the plot.

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* MacGuffin: ''50 Great Coastal Walks of the British Isles, Volume 2''. Averted with Kenchington's locket, which looks like a classic MacGuffin to the GenreSavvy, MacGuffin, but is actually vital to the plot.
23rd Feb '17 5:19:05 PM pepsimax
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Michael, who's always addressed as "Tealeaf" by other characters even when he asks to be called by his real name. The nickname is CockneyRhymingSlang for "thief" as Michael was sent to Lomax on community service. The actor who plays Michael, Daniel Kaluuya, is credited as playing Tealeaf as well.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Michael, who's always addressed as "Tealeaf" by other characters even when he asks to be called by his real name. The nickname is CockneyRhymingSlang for "thief" as Michael was sent to Lomax on community service. The actor who plays Michael, Daniel Kaluuya, Creator/DanielKaluuya, is credited as playing Tealeaf as well.
11th May '16 5:12:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* ActorAllusion: In the Halloween special, Maureen complains that David has "worked out who Jack the Ripper was, but he won't tell me". Which is Steve Pemberton's "amateur investigator" role in series 1 of Series/{{Whitechapel}}, boiled down to a sentence.
** Episode 5 is entirely centered around [[TheLeagueOfGentlemen Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, and Mark Gatiss.]]
** In series 2, David Cann has a small role as a cheerfully insensitive doctor. He had previously played a similar character in ''{{Jam}}''.



* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Admitted by the writers in interviews about the plot.
31st Oct '15 7:50:14 AM Prfnoff
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* DaddysLittleVillain: It's implied that Kenchington gets her villainous ways from her father, who was [[spoiler:a Nazi neurosurgeon who trained under Josef Mengele.]]

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* DaddysLittleVillain: It's implied that Kenchington gets her villainous ways from her father, who was [[spoiler:a Nazi neurosurgeon who trained under Josef Mengele.UsefulNotes/JosefMengele.]]



* MadScientist: [[spoiler:Nurse Kenchington]]'s father was a brilliant Nazi scientist who studied under Josef Mengele. Because of his genius, instead of being tried for war crimes he was allowed to come to Britain where [[spoiler:he was put in charge of Ravenhill.]]

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* MadScientist: [[spoiler:Nurse Kenchington]]'s father was a brilliant Nazi scientist who studied under Josef Mengele.UsefulNotes/JosefMengele. Because of his genius, instead of being tried for war crimes he was allowed to come to Britain where [[spoiler:he was put in charge of Ravenhill.]]
14th Oct '15 11:47:10 PM kknizaa
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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Maureen]] spits up blood when [[spoiler:she]] is about to die.
* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: [[spoiler: Series one's finale, where the majority of the ensemble cast are gathered at Ravenhill Hospital by the blackmailer, who then blows everyone up.]]
** [[spoiler: Although as of series two, everyone except the blackmailer and his mother survived.]]

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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Maureen]] spits up blood when [[spoiler:she]] is they are about to die.
* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: [[spoiler: Series one's finale, where the majority of the ensemble cast are gathered at Ravenhill Hospital by the blackmailer, who then blows everyone up.]]
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]] [[spoiler: Although as of series two, everyone Everyone except the blackmailer and his mother survived.]]



** [[spoiler:More likely CampStraight, after the revelation that he is a Nazi sleeper-agent.]]



** A writers' mistake, as the gay couple could have got a civil partnership, which is treated equally for UK immigration purposes.
** Though possible [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that the boyfriend is from Iran (where homosexuality is treated as a capital crime) and has not come out to his family, who are implied to take a very dim view of homosexuality.



** It seems he didn't ''[[ChekhovsGunman completely]]'' miss the point, though.



* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Mr Jelly is arguably a GenderFlipped example]], being the only one of the original five blackmailees/Ravenhill survivors left alive to confront [[spoiler:Grace]].
** [[spoiler: David]] is still alive, but had no part in the events at Andrews Nanotech.



** To be fair however, he is shown to have been a [[NonIronicClown normal and cheerful clown]] prior to losing his hand in a botched surgery, with the surgeon in question then stealing his act.
*** During a DreamSequence at the begining of episode 3, Mr Jelly is put on trial by a court of [[MonsterClown such clowns,]] headed by the honourable [[ShoutOut Judge]] ''[[Creator/StephenKing Pennywise.]]''

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** To be fair however, he He is shown to have been a [[NonIronicClown normal and cheerful clown]] prior to losing his hand in a botched surgery, with the surgeon in question then stealing his act.
*** ** During a DreamSequence at the begining of episode 3, Mr Jelly is put on trial by a court of [[MonsterClown such clowns,]] headed by the honourable [[ShoutOut Judge]] ''[[Creator/StephenKing Pennywise.]]''



** More of a RedHerring is [[spoiler:Hattie tipping the contents of Kenchington's locket down the drain]], when it turns out that [[spoiler:they were unimportant - the valuable part of the locket was the chain.]]



** It continues after Jolly's death. In series two Jelly starts answering to both names.
*** And then in a scene where Jelly impersonates Jolly somebody calls him Jelly, implying that the confusion always worked both ways.

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** It continues after Jolly's death. In series two Jelly starts answering to both names.
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names. And then in a scene where Jelly impersonates Jolly somebody calls him Jelly, implying that the confusion always worked both ways.



** According to Reece Shearsmith's blog, this hook has been jossed, as he and Steve both chose not to do a third series.



* StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder: Subverted. In series two, Robert agrees to kill [[spoiler: Mrs Wren]], so that Simon can inherit her money, in exchange for Simon agreeing to "relieve Maureen of her pain." In a direct homage to ''Strangers on a Train'', they actually agree to meet on a train to discuss the plan. Backfires when [[spoiler:Maureen catches Simon sneaking up on her, and kills him first. Then discovers he wasn't going to kill her - he was actually there to give her a disabled parking badge.]]

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* StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder: Subverted. In series two, Robert agrees to kill [[spoiler: Mrs Wren]], so that Simon can inherit her money, in exchange for Simon agreeing to "relieve Maureen of her pain." In a direct homage to ''Strangers on a Train'', they actually agree to meet on a train to discuss the plan. Backfires when [[spoiler:Maureen catches Simon sneaking up on her, and kills him first. Then discovers he wasn't going to kill her - he was actually there to give her a disabled parking badge.]]



* VitriolicBestBuds: Lomax and Michael have elements of Type 2. Jelly and Mrs Wren may also qualify; despite his irritation at finding himself [[ChainedHeat accidentally handcuffed to her]] and having to drag her to Ravenhill, by series 2 they are working together on a stage magic act, and seem to get along well enough even though Jelly is annoyed at what a lousy assistant she is. [[spoiler:He also cares about her enough to save her life when he discovers that the people present at the Ravenhill explosion are being murdered ...]]

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Lomax and Michael have elements of Type 2. Michael. Jelly and Mrs Wren may also qualify; too; despite his irritation at finding himself [[ChainedHeat accidentally handcuffed to her]] and having to drag her to Ravenhill, by series 2 they are working together on a stage magic act, and seem to get along well enough even though Jelly is annoyed at what a lousy assistant she is. [[spoiler:He also cares about her enough to save her life when he discovers that the people present at the Ravenhill explosion are being murdered ...]]
27th Sep '15 11:08:21 AM Morgenthaler
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** This episode was intended to stretch the show to seven episodes cheaply. ''Then'' they decided to do it in one take (well, actually two with a concealed cut) as an homage to ''{{Rope}}''.

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** This episode was intended to stretch the show to seven episodes cheaply. ''Then'' they decided to do it in one take (well, actually two with a concealed cut) as an homage to ''{{Rope}}''.''Film/{{Rope}}''.



* TheOner: Episode 4 of the first season, as a homage to the film ''{{Rope}}'' only has David and his mother taking to a police detective. There's one concealed cut.

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* TheOner: Episode 4 of the first season, as a homage to the film ''{{Rope}}'' ''Film/{{Rope}}'' only has David and his mother taking to a police detective. There's one concealed cut.
7th Sep '15 12:06:36 AM Merlyn_LeRoy
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* TheCameo: The director in episode 2 of season 2 is played by real-life director JohnLandis (Reece Shearsmith appeared in Landis' 2010 production of Film/BurkeAndHare).
4th Sep '15 6:06:49 PM Merlyn_LeRoy
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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Admitted by the writers in interviews about the plot.
4th Sep '15 5:54:16 PM Merlyn_LeRoy
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* MistakenIdentity: Mr. Jelly/Mr. Jolly.
30th May '15 3:03:41 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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* DarkIsNotEvil: Mr Jelly. He might look like a [[MonsterClown terrifying]] blend of [[TheLeagueOfGentlemen Papa Lazarou]], [[{{IT}} Pennywise]] and [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]], but he's [[OnlySaneMan probably the most normal and well adjusted of the cast]].

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Mr Jelly. He might look like a [[MonsterClown terrifying]] blend of [[TheLeagueOfGentlemen Papa Lazarou]], [[{{IT}} [[Literature/{{IT}} Pennywise]] and [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]], but he's [[OnlySaneMan probably the most normal and well adjusted of the cast]].
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