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I recall watching a British TV series in 2012. Here are the details:

  • The main character was a clown who performed at birthday parties.
  • There was another clown, who stole the main character's name.
  • Another character was an old, rich, and blind man, who lived in a mansion.
  • The old man had a giant collection of Beanie Babies in a huge vault.
  • There were also two twin sisters, each missing one eye.
  • The characters all wanted to get an alligator Beanie Baby doll that had survived a plane crash.
  • Both the old man and the twin sisters sold their eyes to buy the doll.
  • I believe the series was a sequel to another earlier British series.

Does anyone know the name of the series?

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This is Psychoville, a BBC TV series created by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (two of the creators of The League of Gentlemen)

The main character was a clown who performed at birthday parties.
Mr Jelly

There was another clown, who stole the main character's name.
Mr Jolly

Another character was an old, rich, and blind man, who lived in a mansion.
Oscar Lomax

There were also two twin sisters, each missing one eye.
The Crabtree Sisters

The characters all wanted to get an alligator Beanie Baby doll that had survived a plane crash. Both the old man and the twin sisters sold their eyes to buy the doll.

Lomax only needs one more item to complete his collection, Snappy the Crocodile. He once discovered it online, but two more people, the Crabtree sisters (conjoined twins from Braintree, Essex) bought it before him. Lomax bought Snappy from the sisters in exchange for his eyes.

I believe the series was a sequel to another earlier British series.
Not really a sequal, but I suspect you are thinking of The League of Gentlemen

See also Wikipedia and BBC page.

Wikipedia summary:

The series revolves around five different characters from different parts of England: David Sowerbutts (played by Pemberton), a serial killer-obsessed man-child who still lives with his mother Maureen (Shearsmith); Mr. Jelly (Shearsmith), an embittered one-handed children's entertainer; Oscar Lomax (Pemberton), a blind millionaire who collects stuffed toy animals; Joy Aston (French), a midwife who treats a practice doll as if it is her real child; and Robert Greenspan (Tompkins), a panto dwarf in love with his Snow White who believes he has the power of telekinesis. All five are connected by a mysterious blackmailer who has sent them a letter each with the message: "I know what you did". The series is named after the title given to The League of Gentlemen when the series was sold to Japan and Korea.

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