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.
Described as "comedy" for the lack of anything else to categorise it as, this is sheer brilliance that you hardly ever see. Six completely separate tales from two of the League of Gentlemen, they all tend to be (or nearly are) what are called "bottle" stories - everything takes place in one place. And the result, which has clearly taken some impressive thought, is at time genius. Some are funny, some... less so. All have that ever so slighly worrying quality that anyone who knows their work will recognise. Suffice to say that most stories include a twist so do not listen to anyone who has watched this before you watch it yourself. More I will not say!
What can I say, no episode is the same, but each episode has familiar and similar a dark brooding menace over it. Highly literate and full of references from low to high culture, a witty and deeply intelligent understanding of the performed crafts. Yet accessible to those who don't know much of the roots of the many internal references. Beautifully filmed and produced, every aspect of each episode shows an immaculate attention to detail. I despair of the shallowness of most British TV, but this competes with and exceeds the best of the best Worldwide. Highly intelligent, very well produced and put together, very creepy. Genius.
Incredible writing, varied and concise episodes, each one is it's own 30 minute world, built up and brought crashing down by the end with twists and turns and brilliant foreshadowing. Long may this series continue, I can't wait for season 4 later this year i think.
Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith never fail to entertain, and this is no exception. Fresh and original, it's their typical, recognisable flavour, a bit scary, quite unnerving, but so clever and so funny. What makes this even more enjoyable is the Hitchcock vibe. They're clearly very well-read and very well-watched individuals, and it really shows, particularly in episode 2, a completely dialogue-free episode (even more brilliant considering it stars Oona Chaplin, granddaughter of the great Charlie.) An absolutely brilliant series!