Inside No 9

Series 1 - 1. Sardines

Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith return. If their last macabre comedy drama, Psychoville, was slightly weighed down by servicing a tricky overarching storyline, there's no such problem here since this is a series of one-offs, set in a variety of homes that all happen to be number nine on their street.

The opener is confined not just to a house, but to one room in a fusty old family mansion. And mostly, we're in the wardrobe: two grown-up siblings who used to live here (Pemberton and Katherine Parkinson) are celebrating her engagement with a party – and a game of sardines. As more guests squeeze in, everyone gets less and less comfortable, until the bickering turns to bile.

It's a vicious little one-act, one-room play, deftly staged and superbly acted by a cast that also includes Anne Reid, Anna Chancellor, Timothy West and Tim Key.

About this programme

1/6. New series. Anthology of darkly comic tales written by and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, with each exploring what is going on behind the door of a different residence. The guests arrive for Rebecca and Jeremy's engagement party, but one of the bedrooms - the one with all their old baggage in it - has been left unlocked. With Katherine Parkinson, Timothy West, Anne Reid, Anna Chancellor and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Cast and crew

Cast

Rebecca
Katherine Parkinson
Ian
Tim Key
Lee
Luke Pasqualino
Carl
Steve Pemberton
Stu
Reece Shearsmith
Rachel
Ophelia Lovibond
Geraldine
Anne Reid
Mark
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Elizabeth
Anna Chancellor
John
Mark Wootton
Jeremy
Ben Willbond
Andrew
Timothy West

Crew

Director
David Kerr
Producer
Adam Tandy
Writer
Steve Pemberton
Writer
Reece Shearsmith
Categories
Comedy