Inside No. 9 returns for its ninth and final season, with 90s legend Matthew Kelly making an unexpected TV comeback.
The critically acclaimed BBC drama from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith is returning for one last season, with an A-list cast.
For the unfamiliar, each episode of the series, which debuted in 2014, is a self-contained drama with a mix of reference points ranging from slapstick humour to gothic horror, all taking place within a building numbered number nine.
The last installment, starring Matthew from Stars under Their Eyes, is now under production and will hit theatres in 2024.
The 73-year-old TV presenter, who hosted the renowned ITV singing competition from 1993 to 2004, originally starred in the early 1980s ITV sitcom Holding the Fort before finding recognition as a presenter on Game for a Laugh and a panellist in Punchlines.
Matthew returned to acting after leaving Stars In Their Eyes in 2004, appearing in TV versions of Cold Blood and Bleak House, as well as various theatrical appearances.
He’ll be joining Dorothy Atkinson, Charlie Cooper from This Country, Mark Bonnar, and Philippa Dunne from Derry Girls in returning to the small screen.
The cast also includes Plebs’ Joel Fry, Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran, Eddie Marsan, Vinette Robinson, Adrian Scarborough, and Susan Wokoma.
Speaking about the final series, creators Reece and Steve said: ‘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, added: ‘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.’
‘Inside No. 9 is an all-time comedy classic, and Reece and Steve’s feat in crafting 55 fantastic episodes is nothing short of astonishing,’ said Josh Cole, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios Productions. This programme has something special about it, and we shall miss producing it more than words can express.’
But it’s not all bad news, as the duo previously stated that while Inside No 9 was not “forever,” it was a “good time to pause.”
Reece said: ’We’re not saying it’s over for good. After all, The League Of Gentlemen came back, but we won’t be looking to make any more episodes for the time being.’
Inside No 9 is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, with series nine premiering on BBC Two in spring 2024.
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