One of the comedies of last year was BBC2’s Inside No.9 Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s anthology series which told six different stories only linked by the number 9. Though Initially sceptical that viewers would come back to a show each week when there weren’t any returning characters, the BBC cleverly ordered a second series before the first had been broadcast. Now, new details have emerged about what we can expect from its anticipated second series.
Series two will see episodes set in “a sleeping car on a French train”, “a seance in a grand Victorian Villa”, “a 17th century village” and a “volunteer call centre.”
“We are delighted to be handing over the keys to six new No. 9’s, we hope they will amuse, shock, horrify and surprise… but not necessarily in that order,” say the creative duo. “Once again we have enjoyed working with some of the best comic talent in the country. Now we are getting old, it’s nice not to have to play all the parts.” The second helping features an impressive roster of guest stars including Sheridan Smith, Jack Whitehall and Alison Steadman are all poised to move into their new homes, as are Claire Skinner, Paul Kaye, Jane Horrocks, David Warner, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Mark Benton, Alice Lowe, Tom Riley, Jim Howick and Michele Doctrice.
Inside No.9 returns to BBC TWO later in the year.