Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 is a British black comedy anthology television programme that first aired in 2014. It is written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton and produced by the BBC. Each 30-minute episode is a self-contained story with new characters and a new setting, and all star at least one (usually both) of Pemberton and Shearsmith. Aside from the writers, each episode has a new cast, allowing Inside No. 9 to attract a number of well-known actors. The stories are linked only by the number 9 in some way and a brass hare statue that is in the background of all episodes. Settings include a suburban house, a gothic mansion and a barn. Pemberton and Shearsmith took inspiration for Inside No. 9 from an episode of Psychoville, a previous project, which was filmed in a single room. This episode was, in turn, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Rope. Inside No. 9 was also a reaction to Psychoville, which featured a long overarching story realised over multiple series.

Inside No. 9
Series one DVD cover, featuring Pemberton (top) and Shearsmith (bottom) as they appeared in episode 1, "Sardines"
Created by
Written by
  • Reece Shearsmith
  • Steve Pemberton
Directed by
  • Reece Shearsmith
  • Steve Pemberton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series4
No. of episodes25 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Jon Plowman
Producer(s)Adam Tandy
Production location(s)various
Running time28–30 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Comedy
Original network
Picture formatHDTV (1080i)
Original release5 February 2014 (2014-02-05) 
External links

Themes and tone vary from episode to episode, but all have elements of comedy and horror or perverse humour. The first series, which first aired in February–March 2014, contains six episodes—"Sardines", "A Quiet Night In", "Tom & Gerri", "Last Gasp", "The Understudy" and "The Harrowing" — as well as a special online-only episode called "The Inventors". The second series first aired in March–April 2015, and contains six episodes: "La Couchette", "The 12 Days of Christine", "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge", "Cold Comfort" "Nana's Party" and "Séance Time". The third series started in December 2016 with the Christmas special "The Devil of Christmas", continuing in February–March with "The Bill", "The Riddle of the Sphinx", "Empty Orchestra", "Diddle Diddle Dumpling" and "Private View". A fourth series was completed in April 2017 and began airing in January 2018 with "Zanzibar", "Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room", "Once Removed", "To Have and to Hold", "And the Winner Is..." and "Tempting Fate". A Halloween special of the show, "Dead Line", aired in October 2018 before the fifth series airs in 2020.

Inside No. 9 as a whole has been very well received by critics, who have praised the humour and creativity of the scripts, as well as the talent of the featured actors. Commentators have described it as "never less-than-captivating"[1] and "consistently compelling",[2] offering particularly strong praise for "A Quiet Night In", "The 12 Days of Christine" and "The Riddle of the Sphinx".[3] Inside No. 9 won the Sketch and Comedy prize at the 35th annual Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards, and won the comedy prize at the 2016 Rose d'Or ceremony. It was nominated for the Best TV Sitcom prize at the 2014 Freesat Awards, the Broadcast Award for Best Original Programme, and at the 2014 British Comedy Awards for both the Best New Comedy Programme and the Best Comedy Drama. In the Awards it was voted "Best TV Comedy Drama" in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and was named "Comedy of the Year" in 2017.


Inside No. 9 is an anthology series, with each episode featuring a new story, with a new setting and new characters.[4] Episodes last around half an hour, with the self-contained story reaching a conclusion.[5][6] The stories are linked primarily by the fact that each takes place in number 9, be that a mansion, a dressing room or a flat. Every episode stars at least one of Shearsmith or Pemberton, and normally both.[7] Each episode is effectively a short play. Some episodes take place in real-time, following half an hour in the lives of the characters.[8] Every episode of Inside No. 9 features an ornamental hare somewhere on-screen.[9][10][11] According to Pemberton, "Because each episode is so wildly different there was nothing really linking them other than the fact they were all inside a Number Nine, I just thought it would be nice to have an object that you could hide and just have there on every set."[9] There is, however, no particular significance to the hare itself.[10][11]

As is typical of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's work,[5] the scripts address dark topics, with, for instance, the first episode touching upon incest, child sexual abuse and murder.[6] The plotlines make use of twists and surprises of various sorts,[12][13] though in some cases the surprise is the lack of twist.[8] In an interview, Pemberton said that "there is always a desire to wrong-foot the viewer. That's what you strive to do".[14] The tone varies episode-by-episode. For example, while gothic horror was a major component in one case, other times slapstick comedy was used extensively;[14] the humour, however, is typically dark and British.[4][15] The episodes generally begin with scenes of "utter banality", before the darker elements are revealed.[16] Despite the various episodes featuring unrelated plots and characters, one reviewer said that they are all linked "by a mercurial synthesis of morbid comedy, wicked social commentary and a genuine creepiness".[4]

Inside No. 9 is somewhat more grounded and realistic than the writers' previous work, such as Psychoville and The League of Gentlemen.[4][17] Pemberton said that he and Shearsmith decided not to mix the worlds of Inside No. 9 and their previous projects, but nonetheless include the occasional reference; for example, a character called "Ollie" is mentioned in one Inside No. 9 episode, and the writers imagined that this was Ollie Plimsoles of Legz Akimbo, a character from The League of Gentlemen.[18] Similarly, Inside No. 9 was referenced in the 2017 reunion specials of The League of Gentlemen. Tubbs and Edward are seen living in flat number 9, and the Inside No. 9 hare is visible on their shop counter.[10] In the 2018 Halloween special, in which Pemberton and Shearsmith play versions of themselves, both the League of Gentlemen and its third writer, Mark Gatiss, are directly referred to in the dialogue.

Production and development

In 2012, after finishing their previous show, Psychoville, writers Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith were commissioned to produce two series for the BBC by controllers Janice Hadlow and Cheryl Taylor, partially in response to Sky beginning to produce comedy. At the time, it was unclear whether this would be two series of Inside No. 9, then known by the working title Happy Endings, or a series of Inside No. 9 and a series of some other programme.[19] Inside No. 9 was to be produced by a BBC team,[19] which was later revealed to be David Kerr (director), Jon Plowman (executive producer) and Adam Tandy (producer).[20]

Pemberton and Shearsmith took inspiration for Inside No. 9 from "David and Maureen", episode 4 of the first series of Psychoville, which was in turn inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Rope. This episode took place entirely in a single room, and was filmed in only two shots.[6] The writers were keen to explore other stories in this bottle episode or TV play format, and Inside No. 9 allowed them to do this.[21] At the same time, the concept of Inside No. 9 was a "reaction" to Psychoville, with Shearsmith saying that the two of them had "been so involved with labyrinthine over-arcing, we thought it would be nice to do six different stories with a complete new house of people each week. That's appealing, because as a viewer you might not like this story, but you've got a different one next week."[20] Elsewhere, Shearsmith explained that the pair returned to writing macabre stories as they "always feel slightly unfulfilled if [they] write something that's purely comedic, [as] it just feels too frivolous and light".[22] The first story that the pair wrote specifically for Inside No. 9 was about a birthday party. BBC producers felt that this story would work as the opening episode of a sitcom, but, given the script's events, Pemberton and Shearsmith were not happy to develop the idea into its own programme. The script was consequently shelved and revisited during the planning process for the second series, becoming "Nana's Party", the fifth episode of the series and eleventh overall.[23] During the filming Inside No. 9, Shearsmith professed excitement to be working on the programme, saying that "[b]eing in the middle of filming a third series of Psychoville would be utterly depressing".[20] Pemberton and Shearsmith aimed for a simpler experience with Inside No. 9 than they had experienced with Psychoville, describing "Sardines", Inside No. 9's first episode, by saying that it was "just about some good actors in a wardrobe with a good story."[20]

At the time of Inside No. 9's production, the anthology series was a rare genre for British television programmes. Previous horror anthologies include Tales of the Unexpected, The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents; while these would sometimes use comedic elements, they are more prominent in Inside No. 9. Murder Most Horrid followed a similar format, but was far more comedic than horrific. Other anthology-like series on British television include Seven of One and Comedy Playhouse, though these programmes lacked horror elements, and, unlike Inside No. 9, served as pilots for potential series.[7] However, the British anthology show Black Mirror, which also features elements of comedy and horror, was very popular around the time of Inside No. 9.[24] For Pemberton, the 1970s and 1980s were "full of" anthology shows; other examples included Play for Today, Beasts and Armchair Thriller.[8] More recently, anthologies have become less popular with television executives,[7] but the writers hope that they may be able to contribute to a "renaissance" for the genre.[21] According to journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson, this is because anthologies can fail to motivate viewers to stay with a series, and, further, new sets and casts must be paid for each episode, meaning that a six-part anthology series will generally be more expensive than a six-part series in a more standard format. For Lawson, Inside No. 9 was able to overcome these problems through the "pleasing coherence" offered by the fact each episode was set in a number 9, and "the wit and inventiveness" of the opening episodes, which could sufficiently engage viewers.[7] Pemberton and Shearsmith had originally considered alternative ways to link the stories, such as all the settings having a shared post man, but then decided that such a strong relationship between stories was not needed.[21]

Inspiration and production varied from instalment to instalment, and each was filmed separately, taking less than a week per episode.[8] After Shearsmith and Pemberton had decided that each episode would be about confinement, and having written some of the later episodes, they were inspired by a wardrobe in their working space for "Sardines". The writers were keen to see how confined they could make the characters,[25] aiming to induce feelings of claustrophobia in viewers.[22] The anthology format allowed Pemberton and Shearsmith to revisit prior ideas, which is what they did with "A Quiet Night In" and "Tom & Gerri". The former was inspired by the writers' efforts to include a long segment without dialogue in an episode of Psychoville. Both episodes followed break-ins.[26] The Pinteresque "Tom & Gerri" was based upon a play written by Pemberton and Shearsmith while the pair were living together and job seeking. The setting was based upon their own flat, while the character Tom's development evoked the experience of job-hunting.[27][28] "Last Gasp" was inspired by a person Pemberton had seen on Multi-Coloured Swap Shop who collected jars of air, as well as the death of Michael Jackson and the death of Amy Winehouse.[29] "The Understudy", the plot of which is partially based upon and concerns Macbeth, took longer to write than any other episode; the writers rewrote the script several times, as they were unsure of whether the characters should be amateur or professional actors.[30][30] "The Harrowing" was the writers' attempt to produce a gothic horror episode. They made use of more horror tropes than previous episodes, but the setting allowed them to include modern elements.[2][4][31][32]

The BBC ordered a second series of Inside No. 9 before the first episode had aired.[33] The second series was written in 2014, and then filmed from the end of 2014 into early 2015.[34][35] The writers were permitted two sets for the second series, and so a fake train compartment and a fake flat (for "La Couchette" and "The 12 Days of Christine" respectively) were built at Twickenham Studios.[36][37][38] The other episodes were filmed on location; for example, "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge" was filmed in a barn at the Chiltern Open Air Museum.[39] David Kerr was unable to stay on as director for the second series. Guillem Morales and Dan Zeff each took on directorial duties for two episodes, and Pemberton and Shearsmith, in addition to continuing to write and star in the episodes, jointly directed the other two. The writers had hoped to direct for some time, and this represented a good opportunity to make their directorial debut.[40][41] While writing for the series, the pair did not know which episodes they would be directing;[18] in an interview, Shearsmith said that the pair had considered directing episodes in which they did not appear much, but scheduling concerns left them with "Cold Comfort" and "Nana's Party"; the episodes feature the writers quite heavily.[41]

The six episodes of the second series derived inspiration from a variety of sources. "La Couchette" aimed to explore the intimacy of sleeper carriages; specifically, the unusual problems associated with sleeping in close proximity to strangers.[36][42] "The 12 Days of Christine" follows a woman over the course of 12 years, with scenes displaying key moments in her life.[38][43] "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge" was inspired by genuine witch trials, some transcripts of which Pemberton and Shearsmith had read as part of the writing process.[44][45] "Cold Comfort" began with the idea of a call centre,[18] and was filmed in the style of a CCTV feed.[46] With "Nana's Party", the writers aimed for a feeling of suburban darkness, reminiscent of the work of Alan Ayckbourn.[47] "Séance Time" began with the idea of a séance, an idea the writers had wanted to explore for some time.[18][48]

A third series began broadcasting in February 2017,[49] with a Christmas special, "The Devil of Christmas", airing on 27 December 2016.[50][51] Settings for the third series include an art gallery, a restaurant and an alpine cabin, while guest stars include Keeley Hawes, Jessica Raine, Felicity Kendal, Tamzin Outhwaite, Fiona Shaw, Jason Watkins, Mathew Baynton, Rula Lenska, Philip Glenister, Sarah Hadland, Javone Prince, Montserrat Lombard, Morgana Robinson, and Alexandra Roach.[49][52][53] A fourth series was confirmed after the airing of "The Devil of Christmas", and began broadcast in 2018.[54] Pemberton has said that he would be interested in an online spin-off, perhaps called No. 9A, with less experienced comedy writers. In an interview, he said "The format has so many opportunities and can incorporate so many styles, as long as you stick to the small cast, single location constraint. I think it's really important to bring through fresh voices."[18] The show's fifth series was commissioned in February 2018, and will air in 2020.[55][56]

A 2018 live special received particular praise for its unusual and creative format. The episode, described as "astonishingly bold and ambitious" by reviewer Sean O'Grady,[57] appeared to suffer technical difficulties within its first 9 minutes of broadcast.[58] The difficulties, including the continuity announcer's voiceover, were in-fact part of the programme's plot, which centred on the premise that the studios in which the episode were being filmed were haunted.[58] Around 20% of the audience reportedly switched off before the deception became apparent.[58] The plot included a number of features playing with the live format, including Shearsmith and Pemberton watching the live broadcast, and Shearsmith sending a Tweet during the show.[58][59]


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
165 February 2014 (2014-02-05)12 March 2014 (2014-03-12)
2626 March 2015 (2015-03-26)29 April 2015 (2015-04-29)
3627 December 2016 (2016-12-27)21 March 2017 (2017-03-21)
462 January 2018 (2018-01-02)6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)
Special28 October 2018 (2018-10-28)

Series 1 (2014)

No. in
TitleLocationDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
11"Sardines"Bedroom in a country estateDavid Kerr5 February 2014 (2014-02-05)1.06
Rebecca (Katherine Parkinson) and Jeremy (Ben Willbond) hold an engagement party at Rebecca's family's mansion. The guests play the parlour game sardines, in which one person hides and the other players have to join them in their hiding place once they are found. As Rebecca's friends and family are packed into a wardrobe, secrets are gradually revealed.
22"A Quiet Night In"Modernist houseDavid Kerr12 February 2014 (2014-02-12)0.94
Hapless cat burglars Eddie (Pemberton) and Ray (Shearsmith) break into a luxury house to try to steal a painting while Gerald (Denis Lawson) and Sabrina (Oona Chaplin), the couple who live in the house, argue. The episode progresses almost entirely without dialogue.
33"Tom & Gerri"FlatDavid Kerr19 February 2014 (2014-02-19)1.0
Tom (Shearsmith) is a frustrated primary school teacher and aspiring author. One night, a homeless man named Migg (Pemberton) returns Tom's lost wallet, and Migg ends up living with Tom, to the frustration of Tom's girlfriend Gerri (Gemma Arterton). Tom's life changes dramatically as a result.
44"Last Gasp"Suburban houseDavid Kerr26 February 2014 (2014-02-26)0.87
Pop star Frankie J Parsons (David Bedella), accompanied by assistant Si (Adam Deacon) and WishmakerUK representative Sally (Tamsin Greig), visits the poorly Tamsin (Lucy Hutchinson) on her ninth birthday, but suddenly collapses – and appears to have died – while blowing up a balloon. Graham (Pemberton), Tamsin's father, realises that Frankie's last breath could be highly valuable, and he, Sally and Si argue over ownership of the balloon.
55"The Understudy"Dressing roomDavid Kerr5 March 2014 (2014-03-05)0.72
Successful West End actor Tony (Pemberton) is starring in a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. His understudy Jim (Shearsmith) has always wanted a starring role, and Jim's fiancée Laura (Lyndsey Marshal) encourages him to push for Tony's job. The episode is written in five acts, and is loosely based upon the plot of Macbeth.
66"The Harrowing"Gothic mansionDavid Kerr12 March 2014 (2014-03-12)0.83
Katy (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) is hired to housesit the Gothic mansion where Hector (Shearsmith) and Tabitha (Helen McCrory) live, while the pair attend an important event. The house is filled with paintings depicting Hell, and kept below freezing for Hector and Tabitha's severely disabled brother, Andras (Sean Buckley), who is staying in his bedroom upstairs. Andras is not to be disturbed.

Online episode

A special online-only episode of Inside No. 9, "The Inventors", was launched by the BBC on 12 February 2014. "The Inventors" stars Tom Verall and Dan Renton Skinner as brothers whose mother died in the Great Storm of 1987. The story is told through a series of cinemagraphs with dialogue. The episode is interactive, advancing only with input from the viewer. "The Inventors" was developed by media agency Kanoti, and produced by Jon Aird,[60] who had previously produced BAFTA-winning online content for Psychoville,[61] with executive producer Will Saunders.[60] It was directed by Martin Stirling.[62]

Series 2 (2015)

No. in
TitleLocationDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
71"La Couchette"Sleeper carGuillem Morales26 March 2015 (2015-03-26)1.69
English doctor Maxwell (Shearsmith) attempts to settle in a French sleeper carriage. He is disturbed first by drunk, flatulent German Jorg (Pemberton), then by English couple Kath (Julie Hesmondhalgh) and Les (Mark Benton). When Australian backpacker Shona (Jessica Gunning) brings the posh Hugo (Jack Whitehall) back to the carriage, they make a discovery.
82"The 12 Days of Christine"FlatGuillem Morales2 April 2015 (2015-04-02)1.69
Christine (Sheridan Smith) meets Adam (Tom Riley) at a New Year party. Her life begins to unravel around her as events seem to take place out of sequence and she is haunted by visions of an unknown man. The episode takes place over twelve holidays and important occasions in Christine's lifetime, at intervals of 13 months.
93"The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge"BarnDan Zeff9 April 2015 (2015-04-09)1.41
In the 17th century, villager Elizabeth Gadge (Ruth Sheen) stands accused of witchcraft; she will be burnt at the stake if found guilty. Magistrate Sir Andrew Pike (David Warner) summons renowned witch-finders Mr Warren (Shearsmith) and Mr Clarke (Pemberton) to investigate, planning to use the trial to increase interest in the village.
104"Cold Comfort"Call centreSteve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith16 April 2015 (2015-04-16)1.46
Andy (Pemberton) starts work at the Comfort Support Line, a crisis support line with manager George (Shearsmith), the gossipy Liz (Jane Horrocks) and the officious Joanne (Nikki Amuka-Bird). A difficult call from a suicidal teenage girl leads to a series of problems. The episode is filmed in the style of a CCTV feed.
115"Nana's Party"Suburban houseSteve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith23 April 2015 (2015-04-23)1.53
Angela (Claire Skinner) hosts a birthday party for her 79-year-old mother, Maggie (Elsie Kelly), while Angela's husband Jim (Pemberton) plans to play a practical joke on Pat (Shearsmith), the husband of Angela's alcoholic sister Carol (Lorraine Ashbourne). The episode opens with the arrival of a paramedic, before flashing back to before the beginning of the party.
126"Séance Time"Victorian villaDan Zeff29 April 2015 (2015-04-29)1.14
Young woman Tina (Sophie McShera) visits a medium for a séance. After being shown in to a room in a Victorian villa by "Hives" (Shearsmith), she is introduced to "Madam Talbot" (Alison Steadman), an elderly woman shrouded in black.

Series 3 (2016–17)

No. in
TitleLocationDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
131"The Devil of Christmas"Alpine chaletGraeme Harper27 December 2016 (2016-12-27)1.03
In a film within the episode, an English family (Pemberton, Rula Lenska, Jessica Raine and George Bedford) travel to an Austrian chalet in December 1977. They are told the story of the Krampus by their guide (Shearsmith). Meanwhile, the film's director (Derek Jacobi) provides audio commentary.
142"The Bill"RestaurantGuillem Morales21 February 2017 (2017-02-21)1.47
The northerners Archie (Shearsmith), Malcolm (Pemberton) and Kevin (Jason Watkins) take the southerner Craig for a tapas meal, but an argument breaks out over who should pay the bill. To the consternation of the waitress (Ellie White), all men attempt to pay.
153"The Riddle of the Sphinx"Professor's studyGuillem Morales28 February 2017 (2017-02-28)1.37
Nina (Alexandra Roach) breaks into the office of the classicist Professor Nigel Squires (Pemberton), who publishes cryptic crosswords in the Varsity as "The Sphinx". Squires proceeds to teach Nina how to solve cryptic crosswords using the next day's puzzle.
164"Empty Orchestra"Karaoke boothGuillem Morales7 March 2017 (2017-03-07)1.26
Greg (Shearsmith), Fran (Sarah Hadland), Connie (Tamzin Outhwaite), Janet (Emily Howlett) and Duane (Javone Prince) enter a karaoke booth in fancy dress to celebrate the promotion of their manager Roger (Pemberton). The character's relationships are revealed both through their explicit interactions and their karaoke performances.
175"Diddle Diddle Dumpling"HouseGuillem Morales14 March 2017 (2017-03-14)1.5
David (Shearsmith), a stay-at-home dad, finds a man's shoe while out jogging. He becomes fixated on finding the shoe's owner, straining his relationship with his wife Louise (Keeley Hawes).
186"Private View"Gallery spaceGuillem Morales21 March 2017 (2017-03-21)1.16
Carrie (Morgana Robinson), Patricia (Felicity Kendal), Maurice (Shearsmith), Kenneth (Pemberton) and Jean (Fiona Shaw) attend a private retrospective art exhibition. They are met by the waitress Bea (Montserrat Lombard), but none know why they have been invited.

Series 4 (2018)

No. in
TitleLocationDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
191"Zanzibar"Hotel corridorDavid Kerr2 January 2018 (2018-01-02)2.19
Told through the style of iambic pentameter, various guests arrive at Hotel Zanzibar where they find themselves interacting with one another in a variety of ways, from murder to a proposal.
202"Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room"Church hallGraeme Harper9 January 2018 (2018-01-09)1.93
Double-act Cheese (Shearsmith) and Crackers (Pemberton) have reunited after 30 years to perform in front of an audience, but an incident that caused them to fall out comes back into the limelight.
213"Once Removed"Country farmhouseJim O'Hanlon16 January 2018 (2018-01-16)2.15
Removal man Spike (Nick Moran) arrives to help May (Monica Dolan) move house, leading him into bizarre circumstances which unfold through reverse chronology.
224"To Have and to Hold"Suburban terrace houseDavid Kerr23 January 2018 (2018-01-23)1.92
When a wedding photographer (Pemberton) seems bored by his marriage, instead focusing on jigsaws and Pot Noodles, his wife desires to renew their wedding vows, yet instead finds something far more sinister...
235"And the Winner Is..."Meeting roomGraeme Harper30 January 2018 (2018-01-30)1.91
We join the jury of a television awards company as they decide on who is going to win the Best Actress award. But only one of the eight actresses can be chosen.
246"Tempting Fate"FlatJim O'Hanlon6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)1.82
Council contractors Keith (Pemberton), Nick (Shearsmith) and Maz (Weruche Opia) have to clear out the flat of a dead hoarder but when they unveil the content of the man's safe, their lives will never be the same again.

Halloween Special (2018)

No.TitleLocationDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
25"Dead Line"Television CentreBarbara Wiltshire28 October 2018 (2018-10-28)0.73
Walking home one night, Arthur (Pemberton) finds a mobile phone in a graveyard. Taking it home with him, strange events occur.


Timothy West (left, 2010), Denis Lawson (centre, 2006), and Gemma Arterton (right, 2013) appeared in "Sardines", "A Quiet Night In", and "Tom & Gerri" respectively
Tamsin Greig (left, 2010), David Warner (centre, 2013), and Sophie McShera (right, 2014) appeared in "Last Gasp", "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge" and "Séance Time" respectively
Helen McCrory (left, 2015), Lorraine Ashbourne (centre, 2013), and Jessica Raine (right, 2015) appeared in "The Harrowing", "Nana's Party", and "The Devil of Christmas" respectively
Tamzin Outhwaite (left, 2015), Keeley Hawes (centre, 2014), and Fiona Shaw (right, 2016) appeared in "Empty Orchestra", "Diddle Diddle Dumpling", and "Private View" respectively
Rory Kinnear (left, 2012), Sian Gibson (centre, 2017), and Noel Clarke (right, 2015) appeared in "Zanzibar", "Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room" and "And the Winner Is..." respectively

As each episode of Inside No. 9 features new characters, the writers were able to attract actors who may have been unwilling to commit to an entire series.[6] The writers' reputation also helped attract actors, with journalist David Chater saying that they "have developed such a track record over the years that many of the finest actors in the country jump at the chance to appear in their dark imaginings".[63] The fact that Pemberton and Shearsmith only played a single character in each story was a change for them; in The League of Gentlemen, the pair have played some 30 characters each, while, in Psychoville, they had played around five each.[21] Though Pemberton and Shearsmith generally starred in each episode, they did not necessarily take on the main roles. Shearsmith explained this by saying that they "didn't write this for us to be in. We wrote the stories first then thought, could we be in them?"[6] Pemberton appears in all episodes other than "The Harrowing", while Shearsmith appears in all episodes other than "Last Gasp".

Inside No. 9 guest stars
Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Halloween Special
1. "Sardines"[64]
2. "A Quiet Night In"[65]
3. "Tom & Gerri"[66]
4. "Last Gasp"[67]
5. "The Understudy"[68]
6. "The Harrowing"[69]
1. "La Couchette"
2. "The 12 Days of Christine"
3. "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge"
4. "Cold Comfort"
5. "Nana's Party"
6. "Seance Time"
1. "The Devil of Christmas"
2. "The Bill"
3. "The Riddle of the Sphinx"
4. "Empty Orchestra"
5. "Diddle Diddle Dumpling"
6. "Private View"
1. "Zanzibar"
2. "Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room"
3. "Once Removed"
4. "To Have and To Hold"
5. "And the Winner Is..."
6. "Tempting Fate"
1. "Dead Line"


The first series of Inside No. 9 was shown in the UK on BBC Two (and BBC Two HD) between 5 February and 12 March 2014.[70][71] It was aired in Australia on BBC First, premiering on 5 January 2015.[72] The second series aired in the UK from 26 March to 29 April 2015, and aired in Australia from 27 July 2015.[73]

The first series was released on DVD on 17 March 2014. In addition to the six episodes, the DVD featured the making of feature "Inside Inside No. 9", including unseen interviews with Pemberton, Shearsmith and Kerr, and a photo gallery with previously unreleased photos.[74] Published by 2 Entertain,[75] the DVD was rated 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.[74] To publicise the DVD, the writers appeared at the Oxford Street, London, branch of HMV for a signing event on 20 March.[76] The DVD was reviewed by David Upton for webzine PopMatters, who gave the main feature an 8/10 rating, and the extras a 5/10 rating,[4] and Ben Walsh for The Independent, who gave the DVD overall 4/5.[75] Phelim O'Neill, reviewing the release for The Guardian, described the boxset as "very lendable", suggesting that it would help Inside No. 9 reach a wider audience.[77] South African newspapers The Sunday Times and The Star both published positive reviews of the DVD, with The Star's anonymous review saying the DVD "makes a great prezzie for cynics, so if you know any lawyers or journalists...".[78][79] The second series was released on DVD on 4 May 2015.[45] A review in the Leicester Mercury awarded it four out of five stars.[80] The advent of Series 3 saw Series 1&2 released on Blu-ray on 13 February 2017. Series 3 has a 27 March 2017 release on DVD and Blu-ray.

Reception and performance

Critical reception

External video
Carl (Pemberton) finds Rebecca (Katherine Parkinson) and Ian (Tim Key) in the wardrobe. Taken from episode 1, "Sardines".
"A canine inconvenience"
Burglars Eddie (Pemberton) and Ray (Shearsmith) are almost revealed by a barking dog. Taken from episode 2, "A Quiet Night In".
"I'm not a vampire"
Katy (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) is introduced to Hector (Shearsmith) by Tabitha (Helen McCrory). Taken from episode 6, "The Harrowing".

Many critics responded very positively to Inside No. 9. After the final episode of the first series, the comedic critic Bruce Dessau said on his website that it had "really set an early benchmark to beat for comedy of the year. It has been consistently compelling as each week we entered an entirely different world."[2] On the same day, David Chater, writing in The Times, said of the series as a whole that "[i]t's hard to know which to admire more – the rich and perverse imaginations of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith or the extraordinary range of acting talent that has brought this strange and memorable series to life."[81] Chater had previously described "A Quiet Night In", the second episode of Inside No. 9, as "the funniest, cleverest, most imaginative and original television I have seen for as long as I can remember – one of those fabulous programmes where time stands still and the world around you disappears".[82] Mark Jones (The Guardian) considered the whole series, saying that the Inside No. 9 was "never less-than-captivating",[1] while a review in the Liverpool Echo described every episode as "intriguing and lovingly-crafted", though it was felt that the first three episodes were stronger than the latter three.[83] In December 2014, Metro television critic Keith Watson named Inside No. 9 the twentieth best television programme of 2014,[84] and in January 2015, Daily Star Sunday columnist Garry Bushell named Inside No. 9 the best comedy TV programme of 2014.[85]

Writing before Inside No. 9 was televised, broadcaster and journalist Mark Lawson suggested that, among anthology series, the programme possessed "the potential to be remembered as a singular achievement".[7] Commending both the acting and writing of Inside No. 9, New Statesman television critic Rachel Cooke offered a positive verdict of the programme after seeing the first half of the series. Cooke expressed particular admiration of Pemberton and Shearsmith's ability to squeeze "perfectly formed narratives – characters with proper backstories, scenarios that are complicated and unwind relatively slowly – into just 30 minutes".[86] Also writing mid-series, journalist Gareth Lightfoot called Inside No. 9 "hands down the best, freshest thing on [television] at the moment" in the Evening Gazette, though he doubted whether it could truly be considered comedy.[28]

Donal Lynch, of Irish newspaper the Sunday Independent, suggested that, like the previous work of Pemberton and Shearsmith, Inside No. 9 may be something of "a cult hit/acquired taste".[87] Barry Didcock, of The Herald, expressed a similar sentiment, calling Inside No. 9 "probably the most Marmitey programme on television".[88] The Times published a response to a complaint received from a viewer, who was unhappy with Chater's positive reviews of Inside No. 9, suggesting that "A Quiet Night In" was more traumatic than humorous.[89] Sam Wollaston, television critic for The Guardian, noted that humour is extremely personal, and though he could appreciate much about Inside No. 9, he had never liked Pemberton and Shearsmith's work: "I'm sure I'll be crucified – probably quite rightly – but I don't love Inside No 9."[90] Some tabloid columnists also expressed dissatisfaction with the programme. Virginia Blackburn, of the Daily Express, wrote a highly critical review of "Last Gasp". Blackburn considered Inside No. 9 an example of the weakness of contemporary television comedy, saying that the episode is "not funny, it's not clever and is so utterly, irredeemably, naffly silly that it ends up being incredibly irritating and nothing else".[91] Another journalist unimpressed was the Daily Mirror columnist Kevin O'Sullivan, who dismissed the programme by saying simply "BBC2's alleged comedy Inside No. 9: didn't even smile".[92]

Cooke observed the difficulty in reviewing Inside No. 9 as a whole due to the fact that each episode is different from the last.[86] "Sardines" was commended for its cast and acting,[33][93][94][95] as well as the scripting,[93][94] but critics had a mixed response to the twist ending.[5][17][94][95] "A Quiet Night In" was a change in approach, relying on physical comedy,[96] but it was well received as funny,[82][97] and inventive.[82][98] "Tom & Gerri" was less comedic but darker than previous episodes;[99][100][101] critics commended the plot,[102][103] but disagreed about the portrayal of mental illness in the episode.[99][102] Less horrific than other episodes in the series,[4] "Last Gasp" dealt with themes of celebrity culture and fandom,[104][105][106] and was considered a weaker instalment.[104][107][108] Critics called "The Understudy" a "return to form".[109][110][111] While it was based upon Macbeth, a knowledge of the play was not necessary for enjoyment,[109][112] and the plot's divergence from the play was praised.[113][114][115] "The Harrowing" was the most horrific episode of the series,[4][116][117] and was considered genuinely scary by critics.[2][4][32][118]

"La Couchette" was characterised by critics as strong and funny, with praise directed at the cast and script.[119][120][121][122] "The 12 Days of Christine" was hailed as "masterpiece" and "a quiet elegy, terse and polished, in many ways perfect".[123][124] The emotional script, poignancy of the ending and performance of the cast, especially Smith, was highly praised.[123][124][125] "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge" was compared unfavourably with the previous two episodes by some critics,[126][127] though the writers were characterised as having displayed their versatility and ability with the atypical setting and language.[45][128] Critics had a mixed response to the episode's humour,[129][130][126] but praised the performance of the cast.[45][126][131] "Cold Comfort" was generally praised, though also characterised as weaker than other episodes in the series.[132][133][134][46] The unusual filming style was commended,[129][135][136] but there was a mixed response to the episode's ending.[133][137] "Nana's Party" received high praise for its script and characters, and for the cast's performances.[137][138][139][140] "Séance Time" was praised as well written and genuinely frightening, while Alison Steadman's performance being picked out for commendation by many critics.[141][142][143][144]

In a 2018 article for Salon, American writer Mary Elizabeth Williams described the series as "the best show you’re not watching" and "brilliant, black-humored, taut format horror for people who enjoy the occasional potty-joke".[145] In 2019, Inside No. 9 was ranked 66th on The Guardian's list of the 100 best TV shows of the 21st century.[146]

Viewing figures

Despite the generally positive reception among critics and viewers,[147] the viewing figures for the first series were poor.[2] The average viewing figures for the series were 904,000 people, or 4.9% of the audience, lower than the slot average of 970,000 (5.1% of the audience).[71] The series had a strong start,[2] with 1.1 million viewers, which was 5.6% of the audience, watching "Sardines".[70] The series low was the fifth episode, "The Understudy", which attracted 720,000 viewers (4.1% of the audience).[71][148][149]

Awards and nominations


Thanks to their work on Inside No. 9, Pemberton and Shearsmith jointly won the 2014/2015 Royal Television Society Programme award for best comedy performance. The other nominees were Harry Enfield, for his performance in Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos, and Sarah Hadland, for her performance in The Job Lot.[150][151][152] The pair were also jointly nominated for the 2015 British Academy Television Craft Award for comedy writer for their work on Inside No. 9, but lost to Mackenzie Crook for his work on Detectorists. Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry (Toast of London) and Mathew Baynton and James Corden (The Wrong Mans) were the other nominees.[153][154] The following year, Guillem Morales was nominated for the Television Craft Award for Breakthrough Talent for his work on "The 12 Days of Christine", but lost to Michaela Coel, who wrote Chewing Gum. The other nominees were D. C. Moore (Not Safe for Work) and Marcus Plowright (Muslim Drag Queens).[155][156]

At the 2013/2014 Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards, Lisa Cavalli-Green was nominated for the "Make Up Design – Drama" award for her work on Inside No. 9, but lost to Davy Jones, for his work on In the Flesh. Loz Schiavo (Peaky Blinders) was the other nominee.[157][158] Due in part to her role in "The Harrowing", Aimee-Ffion Edwards was shortlisted for WalesOnline's "Daffta" award for best actress, but lost to Eve Myles. The Dafftas celebrate Welsh television talent and prizes are awarded based on a public vote.[159]

At the 2018 Writers' Guild Awards, administered by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, Shearsmith and Pemberton won the Best TV Situation Comedy award for their work on "The Bill". The award was presented by Brenda Gilhooly.[160] The other nominees were Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper, the writers of This Country, and Simon Blackwell, for his work on Back.[161]


Inside No. 9 won the award for "Best TV Comedy Drama" at the Awards in 2014,[162] 2015,[163] 2016,[164] and 2017,[165] beating Cold Feet, Flowers, Fresh Meat, Jonathan Creek and Stag in 2016,[166] and Cold Feet, Doc Martin, Eric, Ernie and Me, Murder on the Blackpool Express and No Offence.[167] In 2017, Inside No. 9 was named the "Comedy of the Year".[167]

Inside No. 9 won the Sketch and Comedy prize at the 35th annual Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards.[168] The other nominees were Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?, It's a Date, Tiny Plastic Men, Gangsta Granny and The Revolution Will Be Televised.[169] In response to the nomination, Shearsmith tweeted that he was "[t]hrilled", joking that the programme was "in 'Comedy'. I knew it was one".[170] Inside No. 9 was also nominated for Best TV Sitcom at the 2014 Freesat Awards,[171] which celebrate the best of free British television. The programme lost to BBC2's The Wrong Mans, as determined by a panel made up of television experts and commentators.[172][173] The other nominees were Birds of a Feather, Mrs. Brown's Boys and Toast of London.[171] In November 2014, it was announced that Inside No. 9 had been shortlisted for the 2015 Broadcast Award for Best Original Programme. The other nominees were Crackanory, Glasgow Girls, Release the Hounds, Suspects and The Island with Bear Grylls.[174] At the award ceremony in London on 4 February 2015, Glasgow Girls was granted the award, but Inside No. 9 was highly commended.[175] Inside No. 9 won the TV award at the 2015 Chortle Awards.[176] The programme was longlisted for the Best Comedy prize in the 2015 TV Choice Awards.[177] The programme won the 2016 comedy Rose d'Or, beating the Finnish Pyjama Party and the German Crime Scene Cleaner (Der Tatortreiniger).[178][179]

At the 2014 British Comedy Awards, Inside No. 9 was nominated in the Best New Comedy Programme and the Best Comedy Drama categories. In the former category, it lost to Toast of London. The other nominees were The Wrong Mans and Man Down. In the latter category, it lost to Rev, and the other nominees were The Wrong Mans and Uncle.[180] For Chater (The Times), the comedy drama category was the strongest of the awards,[181] but for Ben Williams (Time Out), Inside No. 9 should have won.[182] Writing in The Independent, journalist Alice Jones said she was "sorry to see the relentlessly innovative Inside No 9 go unrewarded".[183]


  1. Arnold, Ben; Robinson, John; Stubbs, David; Catterall, Ali; Jones, Mark; Verdier, Hannah; Davies, Hannah J.; Bakare, Lanre (8 March 2014). "Television: Wednesday 12". The Guide, The Guardian. p. 64.
  2. Dessau, Bruce (12 March 2014). "Preview: Inside No 9: The Harrowing, BBC2". Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  3. Aroseti, Rachel (24 October 2018). "Inside No 9: the 10 best episodes so far". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. Upton, David (26 March 2014). "'Inside No. 9' is a bit like a box of chocolates, albeit one full of dark, bitter sweets". PopMatters. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  5. Venning, Harry (13 February 2014). "TV review: Inside No 9; Line of Duty; The Life of Rock with Brian Pern". The Stage. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  6. Dean, Will (5 February 2014). "Inside No 9, TV review: A top-drawer cast puts these twisted tales in a league of their own". The Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  7. Lawson, Mark (5 February 2014). "Inside No 9: How Shearsmith and Pemberton have revived a lost genre". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  8. "Reece Shearsmith speaks to Mark Radcliffe". Radcliffe & Maconie. BBC Radio 6 Music. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  9. Mellor, Louisa (14 February 2017). "Inside No. 9: did you spot this hidden detail in every episode?". Den of Geek. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  10. "Find the Inside No. 9 hare". British Comedy Guide. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  11. Jeffery, Morgan (15 February 2017). "Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton reveal 9 secrets from Inside No. 9". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  12. Lee, Veronica (6 February 2014). "Inside No 9, BBC Two". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 19 February 2014. (subscription required)
  13. Rutherford, Nick; Watson, Keith (13 March 2014). "Last episode of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's Inside No.9 is a bit of a cop out". Metro. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  14. Dessau, Bruce (2 February 2014). "Gentlemen in a league of their own: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton discuss their new series". The Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  15. Suaréz, Rebeca (15 July 2014). "Lost & Found: Cinco series de estreno a recuperar (II)" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  16. McDowall, Julie (19 February 2014). "TV review: Inside No.9 we find a glass ceiling". The Herald. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  17. Billen, Andrew (6 February 2014). "TV review: Inside No 9". The Times. Retrieved 6 February 2014. (subscription required)
  18. Pemberton, Steve (20 March 2015). "Reopening the doors Inside No. 9". BBC. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  19. Kanter, Jake (6 September 2012). "Psychoville duo create Happy Endings for BBC2". Broadcast. Retrieved 22 April 2014. (subscription required)
  20. "Inside No. 9, BBC2". Broadcast. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014. (subscription required)
  21. Pemberton, Steve; Shearsmith, Reece (17 March 2014). "Inside Inside No. 9". Inside No. 9 Series 1 DVD. BBC.
  22. "Inside No.9 on BBC2: Hull-born master of the macabre Reece Shearsmith and partner Steve Pemberton back with tales of the unexpected". Hull Daily Mail. 4 February 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  23. Pemberton, Steve; Shearsmith, Reece (2015). Nana's Party (episode commentary). Steve & Reece IN9 (via SoundCloud). Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  24. "Inside No 9, Series 3: guest stars, settings, and three other things to know as the BBC2 comedy drama returns". London Evening Standard. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  25. "Inside the wardrobe". BBC. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  26. "Why did you do a silent episode?". BBC. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  27. "What was the inspiration for Tom & Gerri?". BBC. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  28. Lightfoot, Gareth (22 February 2014). "Don't make me laugh". Evening Gazette. p. 21.
  29. "A My Family episode gone wrong". BBC. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  30. "A backstage Macbeth". BBC. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  31. "A full on gothic horror". BBC. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  32. Hoskins, Alex (12 March 2014). "Inside No 9 review, series 1 episode 6". Cheddar Valley Gazette. Archived from the original on 18 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  33. Simon, Jane (5 February 2014). "Inside No.9 will be another hit for black comedy masters Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  34. "Steve Pemberton on The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover". British Film Institute. 6 October 2014. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  35. "Five minutes with Steve Pemberton". Herts & Essex Observer. 12 January 2015. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  36. "Interview with writers and cast of BBC Two's Inside No 9" (press release). BBC. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  37. Pemberton, Steve; Shearsmith, Reece (4 May 2015). Behind the Scenes: "La Couchette". Inside No. 9 Series 2 DVD. BBC.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  38. Pemberton, Steve; Shearsmith, Reece (4 May 2015). Behind the Scenes: "The 12 Days of Christine". Inside No. 9 Series 2 DVD. BBC.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  39. Pemberton, Steve (4 May 2015). Behind the Scenes: "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge". Inside No. 9 Series 2 DVD. BBC.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  40. "Filming underway on new series of Inside No. 9" (press release). BBC. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  41. Jeffrey, Morgan (4 May 2015). "Reece Shearsmith on crafting Inside No. 9 – and hopes for a third series". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  42. Dowell, Ben (10 March 2015). "Jack Whitehall: Filming Inside No 9 made me vomit". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  43. Boyd, Phoebe-Jane (23 April 2015). "Inside No. 9 series 2 episode 2 review: The 12 Days Of Christine". Den of Geek. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  44. Shearsmith, Reece (4 May 2015). Behind the Scenes: "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge". Inside No. 9 Series 2 DVD. BBC.
  45. Brandel, Christine (27 May 2015). "The Beautiful Horror Continues". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  46. Mulkern, Patrick. "Inside No 9; Series 2 – 4. Cold Comfort". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  47. Pemberton, Steve; Shearsmith, Reece (4 May 2015). Behind the Scenes: "Nana's Party". Inside No. 9 Series 2 DVD. BBC.
  48. Shearsmith, Reece (4 May 2015). Behind the Scenes: "Séance Time". Inside No. 9 Series Two DVD. BBC.
  49. Thrower, Emma (24 May 2016). "Exclusive: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton talk Inside No. 9 Series 3". Empire. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  50. "Pemberton teases Inside No. 9 series 3 'horror'". Digital Spy. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  51. "What time is Inside No 9: The Devil of Christmas on TV?". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  52. Doran, Sarah (24 May 2016). "Inside No 9 set to return this autumn". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  53. Dowell, Ben (20 January 2016). "Keeley Hawes and Jessica Raine to star in the new series of Inside No. 9". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  54. Dowell, Ben (19 January 2017). "Inside No 9 gets a fourth series". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  55. Mellor, Louisa (6 February 2018). "Inside No. 9 renewed for series 5". Den of Geek. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  56. "Inside No. 9 Series 5 commissioned". British Comedy Guide. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  57. O'Grady, Sean (29 October 2018). "Inside No 9, live Halloween episode, review: Astonishingly bold and ambitious dramatic enterprise". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  58. Harrison, Phil (30 October 2018). "How did Inside No 9 spring the biggest live TV surprise of the year?". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  59. Shearsmith, Reece. "Tweet Sent 10:20 PM - 28 Oct 2018". Twitter. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  60. "BBC launches digital episode of Inside No. 9". BBC. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  61. "Jon Aird". BBC. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  62. "Interview with a Filmmaker – Martin Stirling". Colchester Film Festival. Archived from the original on 25 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  63. Chater, David (5 March 2014). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  64. "Sardines". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  65. "A Quiet Night In". BBC. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  66. "Tom and Gerri". BBC. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  67. "Last Gasp". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  68. "The Understudy". BBC. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  69. "The Harrowing". BBC. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  70. Parker, Robin (6 February 2014). "Inside No. 9 debuts with 1.1m". Broadcast. Retrieved 6 February 2014. (subscription required)
  71. Farber, Alex (13 March 2014). "C4 space season blasts off with 1.6m". Broadcast. Retrieved 18 April 2014. (subscription required)
  72. "Monday". The Canberra Times. 5 January 2015. p. C008.
  73. Enker, Debi (23 July 2015). "Pay TV highlights; Pay to view". Green Guide, The Age. p. 16.
  74. "BBC Two's dark comedy Inside No.9 comes out on DVD". BBC. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  75. Walsh, Ben (16 March 2014). "Inside No. 9; DVD 2Entertain". Features, The Independent. p. 10.
  76. Williams, Ben (2014). "Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith – Inside No. 9 DVD signing". Time Out London. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  77. O'Neill, Phelim (31 July 2014). "Inside No 9: a gutsy dark comedy of misery and mayhem – box set review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  78. "Humour so dark it'll leave you astonished". The Star. 23 August 2014.
  79. de Groot, Sue (17 August 2014). "Inside No 9". The Sunday Times.
  80. "DVD reviews: Birdman, Unbroken and Inside No. 9". Leicester Mercury. 3 May 2015. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  81. Chater, David (12 March 2014). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  82. Chater, David (12 February 2014). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  83. "Every episode was intriguing and ...". Liverpool Echo. 15 March 2014. p. 20.
  84. Watson, Keith (22 December 2014). "Watson the box". Metro. p. 37.
  85. Bushell, Garry (4 January 2015). "Picking my top TV was mighty wench". Daily Star Sunday. p. 21.
  86. Cooke, Rachel (21 February 2014). "Precision made". New Statesman. 143 (7): 55.
  87. Lynch, Donal (9 March 2014). "TV of the week; Appointment to View with Donal Lynch". Living, Sunday Independent. p. 36.
  88. Didcock, Barry (5 March 2014). "Police line far from straight". The Herald. p. 21.
  89. Wild, Rose (15 February 2014). "Why it has been all quiet on the royal front". The Times. Retrieved 21 February 2014. (subscription required)
  90. Wollaston, Sam (27 March 2015). "Inside No 9 review – the couchette is crammed with comic characters, but I'm just not laughing". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  91. Blackburn, Virginia (27 February 2014). "It's 'humour' for juveniles". Daily Express. p. 49.
  92. O'Sullivan, Kevin (9 February 2014). "TV dross ...". Daily Mirror. p. 35.
  93. Kendall, Paul (5 February 2014). "Inside No9, BBC Two, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 February 2014. (subscription required)
  94. Owen, Dan (29 January 2014). "Inside No 9: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton unnerve viewers". MSN. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  95. "Pick of the Day; Wednesday 5; Inside No 9 BBC Two, 10pm". Saturday Review. The Times. 1 February 2014. p. 40.
  96. Dessau, Bruce (February 2014). "Review: Inside No. 9: A Quiet Night In, BBC2". Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  97. "Television; the best of what's on". Metro. 12 February 2014. pp. 42–3.
  98. Seale, Jack (3 February 2014). "Inside No 9; Series 1 – 2. A Quiet Night In". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  99. Dean, Will (19 February 2014). "Inside Number 9, TV review: Not in the slightest bit funny, but that's no complaint". The Independent. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  100. Dessau, Bruce (February 2014). "Review: Inside No. 9: Tom & Gerri, BBC2". Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  101. Carter, Carol; Ivan-Zadeh, Larushka (19 February 2014). "Brit Awards, Inside No.9 and The Truth About Webcam Girls: TV picks". Metro. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  102. Billen, Andrew (20 February 2014). "Last night's TV: First Dates". The Times. Retrieved 21 February 2014. (subscription required)
  103. Seale, Jack (2014). "Inside No 9 – Series 1 – 3. Tom & Gerri". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  104. Dessau, Bruce (February 2014). "Review: Inside No 9: The Last Gasp, BBC2". Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  105. Chater, David (26 February 2014). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  106. McQuillan, Rebecca (26 February 2014). "Now the league of thieves". The Herald. p. 19 (TVP).
  107. Gilbert, Gerard (26 February 2014). "Critic's choice". The Independent. p. 26.
  108. Seale, Jack (16 February 2014). "Series 1 – 4. Last Gasp". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  109. Dessau, Bruce (5 March 2014). "Preview: Inside No 9: The Understudy, BBC2". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  110. Gilbert, Gerard (5 March 2014). "Critic's choice". The Independent. p. 28.
  111. Gilbert, Gerard (2 March 2014). "This week's TV and radio". The Independent. p. 12.
  112. Seale, Jack (2014). "Series 1 – 5. The Understudy". Radio Times. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  113. Chater, David (1 March 2013). "Viewing guide; Wednesday 5". Saturday Review, The Times. p. 40.
  114. "Inside No 9". Sunday Herald. 2 March 2014. p. 9 (HS – Features).
  115. Chater, David (5 March 2014). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  116. Chater, David (12 March 2014). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  117. Seale, Jack (2014). "Inside No 9; Series 1 – 6. The Harrowing". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  118. James, Martin; Kinnes, Sally; Clarke, Mel (9 March 2014). "Choice; Wednesday 12 March". Culture, The Sunday Times. pp. 56–7.
  119. Tate, Gabriel (26 March 2015). "Inside No 9, series 2, episode 1, review: 'deliciously wicked'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 March 2015. (subscription required)
  120. Chater, David (26 March 2015). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  121. Jones, Ellen E. (27 March 2015). "Inside No 9, TV review: Toilet humour with a twist – Pemberton and Shearsmith are in a different league". The Independent. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  122. Ferguson, Euan (29 March 2015). "The week in TV: Coalition; Outlander; Inside No 9; Teens; The Royals". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  123. Billen, Andrew (2 April 2015). "TV review: Inside No 9". The Times. Retrieved 2 April 2015. (subscription required)
  124. Wilson, Benji (2 April 2015). "Inside No. 9, BBC Two, review: 'sadly beautiful'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 April 2014. (subscription required)
  125. Bennion, Chris (2 April 2015). "Inside No.9, The 12 Days of Christine, TV review: Sheridan Smith stars in one of the best pieces of television for years". The Independent. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  126. Hawksley, Rupert (9 April 2015). "Inside No 9, series 2, episode 3, BBC Two, review: 'occasionally funny'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 April 2015. (subscription required)
  127. Owen, Dan (10 April 2015). "Inside No. 9, 2.3 – 'The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge'". Dan's Media Digest. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  128. Dugdale, John; Raeside, Julia (5 April 2015). "Choice; Thursday 9 April". Culture, The Sunday Times. pp. 60–1.
  129. Raeside, Julia (29 April 2015). "Intrigue, unease and emotional intensity: have you been watching Inside No 9?". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  130. Debnath, Neela (9 April 2015). "Inside No 9, The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge, TV review: Quintessentially barmy British comedy". The Independent. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  131. Wright, Jonathan (9 April 2015). "Thursday's best TV; Inside No. 9". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  132. Robinson, John (16 April 2015). "Thursdays best TV; Inside No 9". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  133. Billen, Andrew (17 April 2015). "TV review: The Secret Life of the Pub; Inside No 9". The Times. Retrieved 17 April 2015. (subscription required)
  134. Chater, David (16 April 2015). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  135. Boyd, Phoebe-Jane (17 April 2015). "Inside No. 9 series 2 episode 4: Cold Comfort review". Den of Geek. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  136. Dessau, Bruce (15 April 2015). "TV Preview: Inside No. 9 – Cold Comfort, BBC2". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  137. Bennion, Chris (23 April 2015). "Inside No. 9, Nana's Party, TV review: League of Gentleman's Reece Shearsmith steals the show in this very clever drama". The Independent. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  138. Mulkern, Patrick. "Inside No 9; Series 2 – 5. Nana's Party". Radio Times. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  139. Chater, David (18 April 2015). "Viewing guide; Thursday 23". Saturday Review, The Times. p. 44.
  140. Dugdale, John; Raeside, Julia (19 April 2015). "Choice; Thursday 23 April". Culture, The Sunday Times. pp. 60–1.
  141. Mulkern, Patrick. "Inside No 9; Series 2 – 6. Seance Time". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  142. Bennion, Chris (29 April 2015). "Inside No.9, S2Ep6, Séance Time, TV review: Hide behind your sofas this is horror with a capital AHHH!". The Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  143. Baylis, Matt (30 April 2015). "Sadly, it's a bit of a plod". Scottish Express. p. 39.
  144. Segal, Victoria; Raeside, Julia (26 April 2015). "Choice; Wednesday 29 April". Culture, The Sunday Times. pp. 56–7.
  145. Williams, Mary Elizabeth (7 April 2018). "The best show you're not watching is the UK import "Inside No. 9"". Salon. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  146. "The 100 best TV shows of the 21st century". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  147. "Inside No 9 star Steve Pemberton offers own breath for sale on eBay". Metro. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  148. Farber, Alex (27 February 2014). "Inside No 9, First Dates and Suspects dip to lows". Broadcast. Retrieved 1 March 2014. (subscription required)
  149. Farber, Alex (6 March 2014). "Family Guy on top for BBC3". Broadcast. Retrieved 10 March 2014. (subscription required)
  150. Palmer, Siobahan (25 February 2015). "Claudia Winkleman nominated for RTS award for her new role as Strictly presenter". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 March 2015. (subscription required)
  151. "Winkleman hopes to impress judges". The Irish Independent. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  152. Gee, Catherine (18 March 2015). "Claudia Winkleman wins best presenter for Strictly Come Dancing at the RTS awards". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  153. Gannagé-Stewart, Hannah (25 March 2015). "Penny Dreadful scores five Bafta Craft nominations". Broadcast. Retrieved 28 March 2015. (subscription required)
  154. Jones, Paul (27 April 2015). "Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright and Detectorists' Mackenzie Crook win Bafta writer awards". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  155. Vincent, Alice (22 March 2016). "Women make up 20 per cent of Bafta Craft Awards nominations". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 April 2016. (subscription required)
  156. Tartaglione, Nancy (24 April 2016). "BAFTA TV Craft Award Winners Include 'Wolf Hall', 'The Dresser', 'The Murder Detectives' – Full List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  157. Bevir, George (5 November 2014). "Utopia leads pack at RTS Craft and Design Awards". Broadcast. Retrieved 6 January 2015. (subscription required)
  158. "RTS announces winners of the Craft & Design Awards 2013/14". Royal Television Society. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  159. McCrum, Kirstie (16 May 2014). "The Dafftas: Your winners revealed". WalesOnline. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  160. "Writers' Guild Awards winners 2018". Writers' Guild of Great Britain. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  161. "Writers' Guild Awards 2018". Writers' Guild of Great Britain. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  162. "The Awards 2014". British Comedy Guide. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  163. "The Awards 2015". British Comedy Guide. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  164. "The Awards 2016". British Comedy Guide. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  165. "The Awards 2017". British Comedy Guide. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  166. Wong, Henry (9 June 2014). "Winners of Rockie Awards announced". Banff World Media Festival. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  167. Saval, Malina (6 May 2014). "Nominees for the Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards announced". Variety. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  168. Shearsmith, Reece (9 May 2014). "Thrilled 'Inside No 9' is..." (tweet).
  169. "TV sitcom nominees". Freesat. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  170. "BBC2's Line of Duty beats Sherlock to Best Drama at Freesat 2014 awards". MSN. 18 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  171. Walker-Arnott, Ellie (18 June 2014). "Doctor Who wins best TV series at the Freesat Awards". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  172. "Broadcast Awards 2015 Shortlist". Broadcast. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  173. "Winners 2015". Broadcast. 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  174. "Chortle awards 2015: Watch the highlights". 18 March 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  175. Denham, Jess (19 May 2015). "TV Choice Awards 2015 nominations: Poldark and Broadchurch head up longlist". The Independent. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  176. "Rose d'Or Awards: Cancelled comedy Raised By Wolves wins best sitcom". BBC. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  177. "Medienpreis Rose d'Or: 'Tatortreiniger', ESC und Adele nominiert". Der Spiegel (in German). 11 July 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  178. "Winners 2014". British Comedy Awards. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  179. Chater, David (17 December 2014). "Viewing guide". T2, The Times. pp. 12–3.
  180. Williams, Ben (16 December 2014). "Comedy – The gong show". Time Out. p. 82.
  181. Jones, Alice (17 December 2014). "Not even Jonathan Ross and Jack Whitehall can make the British Comedy Awards 2014 funny". The Independent. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.