DVD review: Psychoville (15), Matt Lipsey, 200 mins

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It's incredible what a lick of face-paint will achieve – Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton bring their chameleonic skills to this odd tale of blackmail.

Meet the dwarf obsessed by his pantomime co-star, Mr Jelly the clown, who keeps getting mistaken for his more successful competitor, Mr Jolly (with hooks for hands, he is not a world away from The League of Gentlemen's Papa Lazarou), and a murder-obsessed man-child from Wood Green. Dawn French provides a chilling turn as a midwife who pretends a toy baby is the real thing – and in her hands the writing, which subtly drip-feeds insight into these bizarre characters' personalities, comes most alive.