The upcoming ninth series of acclaimed anthology show Inside No. 9 will be the last, the BBC confirms. Plus: guest stars revealed.
You have to take your hat off to Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. By the end of the next series, The League Of Gentlemen stars will have written 55 completely new, original comedy dramas, complete with shocks, surprises and twists aplenty. We’re talking the majestic Inside No 9.
From the silent shenanigans of the wonderful A Quiet Night In (which featured Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter Oona Chaplin) to the astonishing drama of The Twelve Days Of Christine and, arguably the greatest episode, beautiful ode to double acts Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room, if you’ve never had the pleasure, it is a series well worth delving into.
Perhaps appropriately, the upcoming ninth series will be the last.
The BBC has now revealed that the guest cast will include Dorothy Atkinson, Charlie Cooper, Philippa Dunne, Joel Fry, Katherine Kelly, Matthew Kelly, Eddie Marsan, Vinette Robinson, Hayley Squires and Susan Wokoma.
Series nine will also feature an episode involving Happy Valley star Siobhan Finneran – she and Pemberton previously played Mick and Janice Garvey in Derren Litten’s long-running sitcom Benidorm.
The series will also reunite Pemberton and Shearsmith with two actors from their previous BBC Two horror comedy, Psychoville – Adrian Scarborough, who previously took on the role of Mr Jolly; and Mark Bonnar, who played Detective Finney in the second series.
In other League Of Gentlemen related news, Mark Gatiss’ annual Ghost Story For Christmas this year is an adaptation of Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle, which follows young academic Abercrombie Smith (Kit Harington) as he encounters the strange and exotic Edward Bellingham (Freddie Fox), whose arcane research into ancient Egypt could be inspiring something terrible. It will air on BBC Two at 22:00 on Christmas Eve.
You can watch all episodes of Inside No. 9 on BBC iPlayer.