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Q

What is the “Special Stuff”?

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Don’t tell me, you’ve watched over the second series a dozen times and still can’t find any direct references as to what the “Special Stuff” actually is. Well even the gents themselves don’t let on that secret, it’s meant to be a mystery for the viewers to dwell on, however Reece has said that it is possible to work out from various clues given in the series.

By far the most popular idea is that it is human flesh, I’m mostly convinced by this myself, however I suspect that isn’t the whole story.

We know that Hilary doesn’t make the stuff, he gets it from someone else. My theory is that Edward Tattsyrup makes it in the Local Shop because he appears in episode one of series 2 with a meat clever covered in blood, he also seems to kill every non-local he meets, but we never find out where the bodies go. So it’s non-local human flesh, I guess.



Fan Suggestions:
Charlie has done some comprehensive ground work in this field of study, he believes the Special Stuff is in fact cocaine, here's why:
  1. It satiates hunger ("Please Hilary. I'm...hungry.")
  2. Satisfies the taste buds ("I know it's wrong; but it tastes so good!")
  3. Causes a high (Hilary doesn't eat them because "somebody has to stay in control.")
  4. Cocaine is much more dangerous after it's been cut ("A pure supply is one thing...")
  5. Cocaine causes nosebleeds and irritability (hence the riots)
  6. Goodfellas reference #1: Hilary being trailed by a helicopter
  7. Goodfellas reference #2: Maurice and Same disposing of white bags as the authorities burst in
  8. It's highly addictive, which the special stuff would have to be.
  9. Maurice's first helping is a "gift" from Hilary, which is a way in which drug-dealers will get a potential client hooked.
  10. As far as freezing cocaine goes...I don't really know. If it's indeed been rolled into his sausages then some sort of refrigeration would be necessary...if only to keep the meat from spoiling.
  11. Dr. Fish mentions Midnight Express which does not contain a terminal illness, within a list of films that do. He does this to explain to a patient that he will die. Why Midnight Express? Because it's a film about cocaine-smuggling, and cocaine is what's killing the patient.
  12. Cocaine inhibits apetite and results in malnutrition, which explains why the cast describes Sam in the series 1 commentary as looking like he's "obviously dying of cancer."
  13. it's safer for Hilary to distribute the cocaine with his sausages than having drug-paraphernalia all over the butcher shop.

Q

Where is the League of Gentlemen filmed?

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Although the town of Royston Vasey is a ficticious creation, most of the locations are shot in a place called Hadfield somewhere near Manchester.

Here’s a map

Incidentally I noticed a place nearby called Denton, "Que signifique?".


Q

What are the "Precious Things?"

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The "precious things" is simply Tubb's name for the collection of snow globes which they sell in the local shop. I say sell but in fact you would quite literally have to die before getting your hands on one!


Q

Why did they call it Royston Vasey anyway?

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Royston Vasey is actually the real name of Roy Chubby Brown, the comedian that also plays Mayor Vaughn in the show. In case you didn't notice the heavy swearing is his trademark delivery style.


Q

What does "egregious" mean?

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Ok, this one seems to crop up a lot but once I tell you you'll be trying to fit it into every other sentence, you were warned! It was uttered by Ross in series 1, episode 3 in an attempt to catch Pauline out, and it worked pretty well!

egregious
Pronunciation: E gri jihs
Definition: remarkably bad; flagrant; glaring.
Example: an egregious violation of public trust.
Synonyms: glaring, gross, flagrant
Similar Words: outrageous , blatant

So now you know, when Ross asked Pauline "Do you have an egregious personality?", it wasn't exactly meant as a complement!

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