Inside No. 9

A genre-bending collision of comedy, suspense and horror

This anthology of darkly comic twisted tales for BBC Two is a genre-bending collision of comedy, suspense and horror, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.

“One of the best pieces of British Television in years”

The Independent

“Not since Tales of the Unexpected have British viewers been treated to such elegantly crafted half-hour slices of intrigue, unease and all-out emotional intensity. And all while being made to laugh.”

The Guardian

The detail

Inside No. 9 is a black comedy series written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville). An anthology of tales of the genuinely unexpected, each 30-minute episode tells a stand-alone story: from a murder on a French train to a burglary in a modernist mansion; from a séance in a Victorian villa to a crisis in a volunteer call centre.

The series has boasted the cream of British acting talent, with Shearsmith and Pemberton joined by guest stars such as Gemma Arterton, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sheridan Smith, Jack Whitehall, Katherine Parkinson, Keeley Hawes, David Warner, Phillip Glenister, Alison Steadman, Felicity Kendal, Jason Watkins, Helen McCrory, Julia Davis, Mat Baynton, Jessica Raine and a host of others. But while every episode has a different setting, cast and in some cases historical era, they all share a sense of the unexpected.

Produced by BBC Studios, Inside No. 9 was broadcast to universal critical acclaim. It won the 2016 Rose d’Or award for Television Comedy, two major prizes at the Banff World Media Festival, the Chortle TV Award and the Broadcast Award for Best Original Programme. Pemberton and Shearsmith jointly won the 2015 Royal Television Society Award for best comedy performance for their work.

Inside No. 9 returned for a fourth series on BBC Two in January 2018.