Inside No. 9 series 9 begins filming starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton

Filming underway on Inside No. 9 series nine

First look image and guest stars revealed for final series of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s critically acclaimed anthology produced by BBC Studios Comedy Productions for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

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Filming is underway for the highly anticipated ninth series (6 x 30) of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s critically acclaimed and BAFTA Award-winning anthology series, Inside No. 9. Produced by BBC Studios Comedy Productions and broadcast on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, the brand-new series is heading to screens in 2024. Today, the stellar line-up of guest stars has been revealed alongside a first look image.

Headlining series nine are Dorothy Atkinson (Pennyworth, Mum), Mark Bonnar (Guilt, Napoleon), Charlie Cooper (This Country, See How They Run), Philippa Dunne (Derry Girls, Motherland), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, Benidorm), Joel Fry (Plebs, Game of Thrones), Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street, The Long Shadow), Matthew Kelly (Stars In Their Eyes, Cold Blood), Eddie Marsan (Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky), Vinette Robinson (Boiling Point, The A Word), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, The Chelsea Detectives), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake, Adult Material), Susan Wokoma (Cheaters, Chewing Gum), and more.

Once again, the series will feature six new stand-alone stories, each being set in a different location, the style and tone changing each week. Viewers will be invited into the extraordinary world of Shearsmith and Pemberton’s storytelling.

Since its launch in 2014, Inside No. 9 has received widespread critical acclaim and has won an enviable étagère of awards, including Best Scripted Comedy at the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards and Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme at the 2019 BAFTA TV Awards won by Steve Pemberton. In addition, the series has won the comedy prize at the 2016 Rose d'Or, two RTS Awards and two BAFTA TV Craft Awards (including Comedy Writing), South Bank Show and Writers' Guild awards.

Inside No. 9 is BBC Two’s longest current running comedy and consistently ranks as one of the biggest comedies across the channel. The show's popularity spans across the globe, with the series airing in the Nordics, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia and China.

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton say: “It is with mixed emotions that we announce we have started filming the final series of Inside No. 9. We overheard some crew members the other day describe us as ‘a couple of Wonkas’ and that seems an apt description. We take the finest ingredients (stellar casts and creatives) and blend them with our secret recipe to produce unique confections that are delicious and often deadly.

It has been the greatest privilege to have been allowed to make 55 wildly different episodes and we’ll miss the yearly challenge of trying to entertain and surprise our audience. We honestly feel like golden ticket winners - which makes us not a couple of Wonkas, but a pair of Charlies.”

Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy, says: “Reece and Steve have, once again, served up a stellar line up of guests to star alongside them in their funny, beautifully crafted and totally original scripts. Inside No. 9 will be hugely missed, but this final series promises to be a treat for all their avid fans.”

Josh Cole, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios Productions, says: “Inside No. 9 is an all time comedy great, and Reece and Steve’s achievement in writing 55 extraordinary episodes is little short of breathtaking. There is something so special about this show, and we will miss making it more than words can say.”

All previous episodes of Inside No. 9 are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer and series nine will premiere on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in Spring 2024, further information will be announced in due course.

Inside No. 9 is produced by BBC Studios Comedy Productions for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer and is distributed internationally by BBC Studios. It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. Written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton and produced by Steve Ryde. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Gregor Sharp. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Adam Tandy and Josh Cole.

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About BBC Studios Comedy Productions

BBC Studios has been the home of British comedy for over half a century, with iconic shows including The Office, Absolutely Fabulous and The Thick of It. Today BBC Studios Comedy Productions is going from strength to strength with recent BAFTA winning shows Inside No. 9 and Brain in Gear; alongside Good Omens for Prime Video; Trying for Apple TV+; A Whole Lifetime With Jamie Demetriou for Netflix; the award-winning Famalam; Here We Go, Diane Morgan’s Mandy, Ladhood, Kieran Hodgson’s How We Forgot to Save The Planet and Black Ops; alongside long-running BBC hits Two Doors Down and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group with sales of £2.1 billion (2021/22: £1,630 million). Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, the business is built on two operating areas: the global Content Studio, which produces, invests and distributes content globally and Channels & Streaming, with BBC branded channels, services and joint ventures in the UK and internationally. Around 2,500 hours of award-winning British programmes are made by the business every year, with over 80% of total BBC Studios revenues coming from non-BBC customers including Discovery, Apple and Netflix. Its content is internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, the Planet series, Bluey and Doctor Who. BBC.com is BBC Studios’ global digital news platform, offering up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features.

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December 21, 2023 3:00am ET by BBC TWO  

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