|“||Hokey-cokey, pig in a pokey!||„|
|~ Pauline's catchphrase|
Pauline Campbell-Jones is a character in the black comedy series The League of Gentlemen. She is a Restart officer at Roysten Vasey's job centre who openly despises the "dole scum" who attend her course and has a strange fixation with pens. Despite her generally unpleasant attitude and behavior, she was exceptionally affectionate to Mickey M. Michaels, a simple minded young man who attended her course, and eventually married him at the end of the series.
She was portrayed by Steve Pemberton.
Among the unemployed men attending Pauline's restart course is Ross Gaines, who is considerably more intelligent than her. Throughout Series One, Ross frequently tries to embarrass Pauline when she asked him to assist her in demonstrations, but Pauline often resorts to physical violence in order to secure the upper hand. The other main character at the job centre is Mickey, a simple minded young man with dreams of being a fireman. While she openly despises Ross, usually telling him to "piss off" and attacking him, she shows genuine fondness towards Mickey, often calling him "Mickey Luv". Pauline despises the "dole scum" and will take every opportunity to belittle them. One of her strange quirks is an obsession with pens, treating them as her friends and demanding them back after use. When Ross reveals his true nature and confiscates the pens, Pauline is devastated and pleads to keep them.
In the final episode of Season 1, Ross reveals he is an undercover agent who has been monitering Pauline and her course. Naturally, he fires her, and in Series 2 she is forced to attend the course herself, now headed by Cathy Carter-Smith. Smith quickly turns out to be even worse than Pauline ever was, and Pauline stands up for Mickey when Smith calls him stupid. The two eventually secure jobs at a burger resturant, but they are fired after Pauline sabotages Ross's veggie burger in revenge. Eventually, Pauline and Mickey hold Ross hostage in a desperate attempt to get her old job back, but no one takes notice due to the nosebleed epidemic sweeping through Roysten Vasey. When Mickey gets hungry, Pauline sneaks out to get him food, and during this time Ross tricks Mickey into freeing him. When she returns to the job centre, Pauline is arrested by the police, just before she is able to bite into the sandwich she bought for Mickey from Eunice Evans' sandwhich stall, ironically saving her from being poisoned.
In Series 3, Pauline is shown imprisoned and sharing her cell with Eunice (now known as the 'The Royston Poisoner'), whom she bullies and extorts pens from. Ross makes a deal with Pauline, granting her an early release in exchange for recovering information on how Mickey's family has been cheating the empolyment system, but Pauline begins to feel guilty over taking part in the scheme. She and Mickey have sex, cementing their love for on another, and she later has sex with Ross to ensure he doesn't tell Mickey of her involvment. Despite this, Ross decide to tell Mickey anyway, out of spite for Pauline for making him "hate [his] job", so Pauline rushes to Mickey before Ross finds him first. She is nearly hit by the Legz Akimbo van (driven by Geoff Tipps), but is save by Lance Longthorn, who sacrifices his life to save hers. Pauline and Mickey then get married, and even Ross applauds the happy couple.
Pauline makes a few appearances in the 2005 feature length movie The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, but as a minor character. As a storm brews in the town of Royston Vasey she witnesses the arm on the war memorial statue get blown off by lightening. Feeling uneasy at the violent weather, she heads to the local church to see Reverend Bernice Woodall (which coincides with the arrival of vet Matthew Chinnery) and find out what is going on. Bernice leads the pair of them into catacombs under the church and shows them murals of devastation, and explains that there is another dimension beyond their own which should give them the answers to what is happening and a way to prevent the disaster. Bernice had already sent three people through the gateway (being that of Edward & Tubbs Tattsyrup and Papa Lazarou) and decides they are the next to go through to continue the mission. However this fails when Geoff Tipps, Herr Lipp and Hilary Briss sneak through the door which leads to the "real world" and end up locking it.
A few days later the town is in complete devestation. Tipps and Lipp return to Royston Vasey with three men Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, who are the creators of their world. Outside the church Pauline appears with several of the other residents and reads out some ideas to their creators for their TV Show. This interaction is disrupted by the arrival of another character from a different world called Erasmus Pea, causing Pauline and the others to scatter.
After Pea's defeat and the none deliberate deaths of the three creators, the world of Royston Vasey returns to normal. Pauline and Bernice embrace and look like they are about to kiss, however decide to gaze into the horizon instead.
- Similar to other characters, Pauline is partially based off the experiences the League of Gentlemen have faced in real life. The idea of the character came from Reece Shearsmith's experience at being at a restart course in 1992, and admitted there are people like Pauline in the world.