Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s darkly comic anthology series Inside Number 9 has been given a commission for a third set of episodes to air, once again, on BBC Two.
The first series of Inside No 9 was garlanded with praise and won two major prizes at the Banff World Media Festival and another from the Royal Television Society. It was also nominated for a BAFTA award for its screenplays, as well as for two British Comedy Awards. The second series made a similar impact with widespread acclaim.
Guest stars in previous films have included Gemma Arterton, Denis Lawson, Sheridan Smith, Timothy West, Anna Chancellor, David Warner, Alison Steadman, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Jack Whitehall and many others and the third series promises to raise the bar ever higher.
The anthology format continues as before, each film being set in a different location, the style and tone changing each week, combining a different mix of horror, thriller, drama and comedy, always aiming to surprise, delight, unnerve and amuse in equal measure. With ambitious production values and screenplays that tell original stories in ways which most sitcom and drama series do not attempt, the third series will continue to celebrate the craft of the stand-alone comedy drama.
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, says: “Reece and Steve’s grasp of story-telling and comic inventiveness slices the top of your head off. This return will continue to enthral and surprise audiences with some ideas that may even make you want to sleep with the light on.”
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller, BBC Two and BBC Four, says: “BBC Two should be the place where creatives can do their best, most signature work and I’m delighted that Steve and Reece are returning with another series of Inside No 9; their deliciously dark, grown up humour is just what I want to see on the channel. “
Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith in a joint statement said “We (Steve and Reece) are thrilled to have the chance to explore six more number 9s. Every story is a labour of love, so we will do our best to ensure the viewers are once again moved to tears of laughter and terror. (If you can get tears of terror.)”
Yet again, the doors of a number of different No 9s open, and once you’re Inside No9… anything can happen.
Inside No 9 was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning. It will be executive produced by Jon Plowman with Adam Tandy as producer. It is an in-house BBC Comedy production.