Inside No.9 2014

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Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith follow up the multi-award-winning Psychoville and League of Gentlemen with an anthology of tales of the genuinely unexpected. What really goes on behind closed doors? Be invited into six very different No 9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.

Starring:
Ben Willbond, Gemma Arterton
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Inside No 9

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 52 minutes
Starring Ben Willbond, Gemma Arterton, Anna Chancellor, Tamsin Grieg, Julia Davis, Helen McCrory, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Katherine Parkinson, Oona Chaplin, Anne Reid, Luke Pasqualino, Tim Key, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Director David Kerr
Genres Comedy
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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From the pens of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton - Inside No. 9 is pretty similar in tone to some of their brilliant previous work (League of Gentlemen, Psychoville etc). Funny, dark, surreal and twisted in equal measures.

The series comprises six half hour tales peeking behind the doors of six different number 9's. Each tale has it's own cast of characters, usually made up of talented, familiar faces from UK tv and movies. This particular series serves up an absurd game of sardines, a ridiculously bungled burglary, a mysterious hobo, a pop stars last breath, a Shakespearean tragedy and a babysitting nightmare.

All of the tales have a certain creepy, horror tinge to them to different extents. Some are creepier and more macabre than others and some are certainly funnier than others with a couple of them being played with a distinct harder edge. Most have a sting in the tail as well which is customary for this type of fun.

The series peaked pretty early for me and the first half I'd say is stronger than the second but that's probably just personal taste. Fans of these guys are likely to love this but there's enough here for newbies and non fans alike being at turns hilarious and horrific.
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Hot on the heels of the brilliantly macabre Psychoville comes this, Shearsmith and Pemberton's warped anthology of twisted tales, which is set (as the title suggests) in a variety of houses or rooms bearing the number 9. From suburban shenanigans to skeletons in the vast closets of crumbling country mansions, the pair present a variety of stories - rich in the League of Gentlemans' trademark pitch-black humour.
Opening offering 'Sardines' is easily my favourite - with a raft of outstanding turns from the likes of Anna Chancellor, Tim Key, and Timothy West, whilst far and away the most disturbing for me was the final tale: 'The Harrowing'. Other scenarios include foul play in a theatre dressing room, the tribulations of a pair of incompetent burglars, and what (only this comedy team could envisage) might happen when a celebrity visit to a sick child goes bizarrely wrong.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Mar 2014
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Superb writing and acting again from the brilliant Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.. Completely different stories and characters in each episode, which makes them more like mini plays which each work brilliantly.. I have always been a huge Reece and Steve fan since the wonderful 'League of Gentlemen', and think they are the most talented writers and actors we have around today.. In two words, pure genius..!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pelboy on 8 April 2014
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Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are easily the most hard done by and ignored creators of the contemporary British comedy elite. Whereas the works of Ricky Gervais and Steve Coogan are studied by fans and critics alike and given wide coverage, the one half of 'The League Of Gentlemen' are cast aside often. League HAS been hailed as a sitcom/sketch masterpiece but it still does not get the recognition it deserves, and neither did their fantastic follow-up project 'Psychoville'. They call to mind Matthew Holness' shows 'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace' and 'Man to man with Dean Lerner', two brilliant series both side-tracked (mostly due to lack of advertisement, which is essentially what let down Psychoville) but have since developed cult status. Mark Gatiss, a member of the quartet of the League of Gentlemen, even went on to make a huge impact with the massive hit Sherlock, co-writing the show (also acting as Mycroft Holmes). Shearsmith, in acknowledgement of their underrated works, said even BEFORE the last episode of the second series of Psychoville aired that there would be no further series, saying that he and Pemberton were proud of the show but it was a shame that "nobody watched it".

'Inside No.9' received much of the same ignorance, and was not advertised well at all. It did get some cracking reviews, but it was a show that, again, many missed. However, even five minutes in to the first episode, you just end up asking yourself the baffling question 'Why?' No.9 is a real treat, in part their most mature and developed work. There are still deranged and sadistic characters and moments, like a dog being lobbed at a window and then stabbed repeatedly by an umbrella, but it is always executed in the most darkly comic fashion.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Blue on 15 Mar 2014
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*Includes spoilers*

`Inside No 9' comes from the brilliant imaginations of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. The pair are touched by genius & have been responsible for some of the best British television (`The League of Gentlemen' & `Psychoville') of the last 20 years.

Their new work is an anthology series of self-contained episodes - with the action confined to just one room or at the most, one building. These are merely logistical constraints because the six stand-alone stories are wonderfully imaginative, interwoven with intrigue, twists & turns, menace, compelling characters, dark hued motives & black hearted deeds. With admirable breadth and depth, they are all very different in feel, tone & atmosphere but unified by an overarching sensibility of wanting to wrong-foot and surprise the audience, demanding our full attention to what is taking place on screen. You have to totally immerse yourself in each story. Their riveting, captivating quality ensures this is precisely what you do.

The principle link connecting these disparate episodes is that of an all-encompassing knife-edge balancing act between comedy & drama, humorous & tragic. It is the unique essence that characterises Shearsmith & Pemberton's work - a delicate, difficult thing to achieve (without it seeming forced or bolted on), the shift between the two turning in a hair's breadth, but Reece and Steve are its masters. No-one else on TV is doing what they do & doing it so brilliantly. They are true television auteurs.
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