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Barry Baggs
Barry Baggs
Actor Steve Pemberton
Appearances
Programme The League of Gentlemen
Series 3
Appears in "The One-Armed Man is King"
Other appearances The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You!
Information
Marital status Alive
Occupation Debt collector
Related characters Glen Baggs (cousin)[1]
Lisgoe (employer)
"I thought I 'eard an ice cream van!"
Barry Baggs ("The One-Armed Man is King")[2]

Barrington[3] "Barry" Baggs, portrayed by Steve Pemberton is introduced in the third series[2] as one of two inept debt collectors in Royston Vasey. Baggs appears once, alongside his relative Glen Baggs and spiteful employer Lisgoe, before reappearing with Lisgoe in the stage show The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You![4]

The humour in Barry's sketches stem from both his and Glen's failure to collect debts, partially from Barry's timid nature and obsession with eating and sourcing food instead. Further humour comes from aggression towards Barry from others, primarily weight-based insults.[2][4]

Conception Edit

The idea of the Baggs was "on the pile" after being rejected for the first series, but when choosing new sketches for the third series found that it was humorous to the creators. They were ultimately conceived as cousins, although Steve Pemberton claimed he played Barry as Glen's brother. They stated the moment Glen puts his head in his hands as Barry runs after the ice cream van sums up the characters. The Baggs were described as a "sinister" Abbot and Costello.[1]

Background Edit

Baggs is an obese character, mentioned to be Diabetic. He has a high-pitched Northern English accent and acute overbite.[2] He is mostly depicted as wearing his Frankie Goes to Hollywood baseball cap.[3]

Baggs holds a criminal record, having shoplifted Skittles while working.[3]

Appearances Edit

Television series Edit

Lisgoe attacks Barry Baggs

Cited as one of Shearsmith's favourite scenes in the third series[1], Lisgoe's assault of Barry finally provokes his inner anger.[2]

Barry and Glen appear once in the television series[2], appearing as inept in collecting debt from Mrs. Airey, and ultimately paying her money for accidental damage caused by Barry damaging her plant pot. Upon reporting to Lisgoe, he demonstrates how he expects them to act by physically assaulting Barry in a roleplay. Following this he aggressively throws Mrs. Halliwell to the floor while collecting debt despite her offering to pay.

On stage Edit

Baggs returns in a separate narrative on-stage[4], performing the role of debt collector for Sheriff Lisgoe in the pantomime set-up. In this he has reverted back to his childish personality. In a homage to Jack and the Beanstalk, Barry has collected magic beans instead of the debts owed, so Lisgoe makes him take part in another roleplay to show him how to do his job, and gives him £100 which he intends to collect back off him. On this occasion, Barry tricks Lisgoe out of being paid his full money back, and is chased off-stage by him.

In the epilogue, Tubbs Tattsyrup announces that Lisgoe now works for Barry.

Character reception Edit

Reece Shearsmith found the scene in Lisgoe's trailer one of his favourite scenes of the third series.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dyson, Jeremy, Gatiss, Mark, Pemberton, Steve and Shearmsith, Reece, "The One-Armed Man is King" audio commentary on The League of Gentlemen - Series 3, Disc One, 10 November 2003
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Dyson, Jeremy, Gatiss, Mark, Pemberton, Steve and Shearsmith, Reece, "The One-Armed Man is King", 3 October 2002
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Character Profiles' on The League of Gentlemen - Series 3, Disc Two, 10 November 2003
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dyson, Jeremy, Gatiss, Mark, Pemberton, Steve and Shearsmith, Reece, The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You!, 2005

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