Filming starts on Psychoville duo's new series

Inside No 9 to air in late 2013

Filming has begun on Inside No. 9 – a new anthology of dark comedy films cerated by Psychoville’s Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

The series – to air on BBC Two towards the end of 2013 – will comprise six separate thirty-minute stories, all set in houses at No 9 in their street.

According to the BBC, which is making the series in-house, ‘Inside No. 9 invites you into six very different No. 9’s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.  From a grand country house where a game of ‘sardines’ leads to some chilling revelations in a wardrobe; to a very oddly haunted house; to the flat of an apparently happy primary school teacher who becomes the victim of a good deed.’

Shearsmith and Pemberton said in statement: ‘We wanted to explore the sense of claustrophobia and intensity that is brought about by limiting the action to one location in each story.  We’re thrilled to have our own anthology series of devilish delights, and can’t wait to throw the doors of our various Number 9’s open to the nation.’

BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow added: ‘Once again Steve and Reece bring us a comedy series that stands out from the rest, I hope these six dark little tales will be as enjoyed and talked-about as their highly acclaimed work to date.’

The series will feature a raft of guest stars including Gemma Arterton,  Katherine Parkinson, Anna Chancellor, Tamsin Grieg, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ben Willbond, Marc Wootton, Timothy West and Tim Key – as well as Shearsmith and Pemberton.

The first three episodes are currently being filmed in the studio and on location in London, with a second block of filming next summer.

Inside No 9 is the second working title for the series, which had originally been called Happy Endings.

Published: 3 Dec 2012

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