Two bits of greatness that you could always count on to grace the small screen during Halloween have been The Simpsons Halloween Special and, last year’s classic newcomer, the brilliance of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s Psychoville Halloween Special. While the Simpsons has remained a staple of Halloween viewing for the past 20+ years, there is no joy in Psychoville any longer as after only two short seasons, the series was cut down in its prime by the BBC and there will be no Halloween special this year.
You might remember last year, the series returned to Ravenhill Psychiactric hospital for four tales of terror. ‘Phil’, not his real name, is a television location manager for Dale Winton’s Overnight Ghost Hunt investigating the abandoned ruins of the hospital. Does the ghost of evil Governess Edwina Kenchington still walk the empty corridors? What other horrors lie within the crumbling walls and will health and safety allow any filming there in the first place?
As was the case in the two short-lived series, Mr Jelly is tormented by the success of his rival Mr Jolly, who, to add insult to injury, was the cause of Mr Jelly’s hook hand. Jelly survived the explosion at Ravenhill, Jolly did not, but even from the grave, Jolly has still got a few tricks up his sleeve. As you can see from the clip below, Mr Jelly is not a big fan of the All Hallows Eve tradition of trick or treat.
Last years special is definitely worth revisiting if you have some spare viewing time this year.