In­side In­side no. 9

Reece Shear­smith and Steve Pem­ber­ton open the doors to the third Series

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e’ve done quite a dark series this time around,” muses Steve Pem­ber­ton of the forth­com­ing third help­ing of In­side No. 9. “there are two or three episodes where we’ve pushed the hor­ror el­e­ment.” Given that he and co-creator Reece Shear­smith have pre­vi­ously brought us The League Of Gen­tle­men and Psy­choville, not to men­tion the as­sorted killers, creepy dolls and “Mis­chief!”-hiss­ing demons they’ve al­ready un­leashed in the first two series, we can ex­pect this one to get very macabre in­deed. “it’s funny,” says Shear­smith, “be­cause even we started to think, ‘God, is this too much?’”

over two years and 12 episodes, the BBC an­thol­ogy show has spun darkly comic tales set in and around a sin­gle lo­ca­tion, all loosely con­nected to the num­ber nine. ev­ery episode in­tro­duces new char­ac­ters, mean­ing Pem­ber­ton and Shear­smith (who also star) can take the sto­ries in what­ever di­rec­tion they like, how­ever gonzo that might be. “that’s the fun of In­side No. 9,” says Shear­smith. “it re­boots ev­ery week.”

Pre­vi­ously, we’ve seen episodes set in a train car­riage, a the­atre dress­ing room, and even a wardrobe. not to men­tion the wildly ac­claimed near­si­lent episode, A Quiet Night In. the am­bi­tious ap­proach has paid off: In­side No. 9 is a hit in not only the uk, but far-flung places such as China and Scandinavia. “it’s got a real fol­low­ing of peo­ple who want to see what the hell we’ll do next,” says Pem­ber­ton. “As soon as peo­ple stop be­ing sur­prised, we’ll know we’ve plateaued.”

don’t ex­pect that to hap­pen any­time soon. For their new batch of episodes, the pair have come up with six more uniquely twisted sce­nar­ios, fea­tur­ing a stel­lar cast of guest stars from Felic­ity

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