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News: Star Guests Announced for Third Series of Inside No 9

The third series of the award-winning and acclaimed BBC Two comedy Inside No 9 has begun filming and will return later this year. A star-studded cast will join creators Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton in six stand-alone comedy dramas - each one set in a different location with a completely new style, tone and characters.

New settings include a restaurant after closing time, an art gallery and an alpine chalet in 1978.

TV Preview: Inside No. 9 – The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge, BBC2

Another dramatic tonal gear change in this fantastic series this week. And also a change of period, with writers Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton taking centre stage in The Trial of Elizabeth Gedge, set during the witch trials of the 17th Century.

Shearsmith and Pemberton play Warren and Clarke (decide for yourselves if that’s a homage to the late actor), who are called in to oversee a trial in the village of Little Happens. Is Elizabeth Gadge (Ruth Sheen) a sorceress in league with the devil or just a smutty old hag?

TV Preview: Inside No. 9 – The Twelve Days Of Christine, BBC2

The co-star of this week’s Inside No. 9, Tom Riley, recently tweeted that it was “maybe the greatest half hour of TV I’ve ever been lucky enough to be in”. Actors are not unfamiliar with the art of hyperbole, so perhaps we should take that with a wheelbarrow full of salt. On the other hand I think he might just be right.

TV Preview: Inside No 9 – La Couchette, BBC2

After being harshly overlooked in numerous end-of-year awards thingies, it’s been nice to see the first series of Inside No 9 finally picking up some accolades this week. The series of six self-contained playlets by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton picked up prizes at the Chortle Awards and the Royal Television Society Awards and now returns for six new comic chillers with a twist. No pressure then.

News: TX Date Confirmed For New Series of Inside No 9

Further details have been announced for the new series of Inside No 9. The next six episodes of the self-contained comedies-with-a-twist by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton will start on BBC2 on Thursday, March 26.

The first episode, La Couchette, is set on a sleeping car on a French train when a group of mix-matched passengers is thrown together. The cast includes Jack Whitehall, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Mark Benton as well as Shearsmith and Pemberton.

Preview: Inside No 9: The Understudy, BBC2

A striking return to form for Inside No 9 this week with The Understudy, which is not set in a house for once, but in dressing room number 9. Steve Pemberton very much takes centre stage at the start as Tony Warner, a grand, egocentric Shakespearean actor trying to stay off the wagon while starring in Macbeth. Reece Shearsmith is his understudy, biding his time quietly for his big break.

Review: Inside No 9: The Last Gasp, BBC2

Every delicious box of luxury chocolates has to have a dud in it that is left in the bottom layer after all the favourites have been snapped up. In the case of the brilliantly tasty Inside No. 9 it is this week's instalment, The Last Gasp.

Review: Inside No. 9: A Quiet Night In, BBC2

When I interviewed Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith about their new anthology series Inside No. 9, Steve Pemberton suggested that there might have been concerns among the BBC's upper echelons that there was no continuing character, nobody to get your teeth into and come back to week after week. Well, having seen two episodes now, it doesn't matter – their tales-of-the-unexpected concept is clearly the thing to get your teeth into and make you come back week after week. 

Review: Inside No 9: Sardines, BBC2

For those that were sorry to see the end of the brilliant Psychoville after two series the good news is that Inside No 9 is possibly even better. Certainly just as horribly funny in places. The BBC is clearly behind Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's new six-part series of self-contained stories, airing plenty of trailers to tantalise the viewer. And it definitely starts off in style with a chilling, claustrophobic chamber piece entitled Sardines.

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