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Lance Longthorne
Lance Longthorne
Actor Mark Gatiss
Appearances
Programme The League of Gentlemen
Series 1, 3
First appearance "Nightmare in Royston Vasey"
Last appearance "How the Elephant Got Its Trunk"
Information
Marital status Deceased
Cause of death Killed in the road accident.
Occupation Manager at Joke Shop
Related characters Geoff Tipps (customer, accidental murderer)
Mike King (friend)
Bernadette McClusky (arm donor, possessor of)
Pauline Campbell-Jones (saved life of)
"You ain't leaving this bleedin' shop until you put your hand in that bleedin' tube."
Lance Longthorne ("Nightmare in Royston Vasey"[1])

Lance Longthorne, portrayed by Mark Gatiss, appears once in both the first[1] and recurs throughout the third series[2][3][4] of The League of Gentlemen, as well as The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You![5]

Lance is the sadistic owner of the Joke Shop who only has one arm and, although making one appearance over the course of the first two series,[1] is given a central role in a third series episode involving him gaining a donor arm in which he gains redemption,[2] and becomes integral to the road accident story arc.[6][2][3][7][8][4] The events of the third series play no part in his on-stage appearance.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Series 1, episode 3: "Nightmare in Royston Vasey" (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith) (aired 25 January 1999)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Series 3, episode 2: "The One-Armed Man is King" (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith) (aired 3 October 2002)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Series 3, episode 3: "Turn Again Geoff Tipps" (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith) (aired 10 October 2002)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Series 3, episode 6: "How the Elephant Got Its Trunk" (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith) (aired 31 October 2002)
  5. 5.0 5.1 The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You! (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith) (performed 2005)
  6. Series 3, episode 1: "The Lesbian and the Monkey" (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith) (aired 26 September 2002)
  7. Series 3, episode 4: "The Medusa Touch" (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith) (aired 17 October 2002)
  8. Series 3, episode 5: "Beauty and the Beast (Or, Come into My Parlour)" (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith) (aired 24 October 2002)

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