Inside No. 9 series 6 release date: Latest news on Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton anthology

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are bringing more strange tales to BBC Two.

Inside No. 9

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are collaborating once again on another series of their darkly comedic anthology Inside No. 9 – and we finally have a trailer for the brand new episodes.


For the uninitiated, each 30-minute chapter tells a self-contained story, often featuring a larger-than-life roster of characters and some big name guest stars.

Series six isn’t letting the side down in that regard, with the talents of Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty), Sian Clifford (Fleabag) and Paterson Joseph (Peep Show) enlisted, as well as the return of the legendary Sir Derek Jacobi.

As usual, fans can expect a nice variety of stories, ranging from creepy to comical, as the creators once again disappear under a number of elaborate disguises.

“It feels like we’ve got six new ideas we haven’t done,” Shearsmith told Empire Magazine. “Tonally, there’s a very silly, slapstick one, and then we’ve got far more psychological stories.”

Read on for everything you need to know about Inside No 9 series six, including the first-look teaser.

Inside No. 9 series 6 release date

While we don’t yet have a confirmed date on when Inside No. 9 series six will be on our screens, there’s every reason to believe that it will be very soon indeed.

Filming wrapped on the sixth edition of the anthology show back in January and a somewhat ambiguous tweet from co-creator Reece Shearsmith implied that post-production may be complete.

“And that’s a wrap,” the actor posted to his feed in early April and although he did not offer any context on what he was referring to, some followers assumed it was the much-anticipated sixth series.

The BBC announced that filming had wrapped on the next batch of episodes in late January, as well as providing a complete list of guest stars – and there are some very big names attached (more on that below).

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton said: “We started filming in March last year but had to hit pause due to the pandemic. After a nine-month gestation it’s a relief to finally deliver our sixth series to the world. As proud parents we couldn’t possibly choose a favourite, but like any youngest sibling this series is cheeky, funny – and can get away with murder.”

The show has already been renewed for a seventh series.

Inside No. 9 series 6 cast

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Inside No. 9 has built a reputation for attracting some of the biggest names on British television and series six is no exception, with a star-studded cast list revealed by the BBC in January.

Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty’s Superintendent Ted Hastings) and Sian Clifford (Fleabag’s sister, Claire) are among those joining the Inside No. 9 family, alongside Paterson Joseph (Peep Show), Lindsay Duncan (A Discovery of Witches), and Nick Mohammed (Intelligence).

Fans can also expect to see Kevin Bishop (Porridge), Bhavna Limbachia (Coronation Street), Sarah Parish (W1A) and Gemma Whelan (Game Of Thrones), with even more names set to be confirmed in due course.

Meanwhile, Sir Derek Jacobi has hit the milestone of being the first actor to appear in Inside No. 9 more than once, having returned for series six after his previous appearance in 2016’s The Devil of Christmas.

While there are no details on what characters this bunch will be playing – as Shearsmith and Pemberton prefer to keep their stories under wraps until close to broadcast – expect plenty of memorable personalities to be introduced.

Will there be another crossover episode?

Fans of Shearsmith and Pemberton were left reeling when characters from their previous collaboration, Psychoville, turned up in an episode of Inside No. 9.

The project was a closely guarded secret, but begs the question whether the creative duo have more crossovers up their sleeve.

Speaking to The Telegraph after the episode aired, Pemberton said: “I’m so proud of what we’ve managed to do and continue to do. Who knows, we might do more Psychoville in the future. It’s unpredictable, what we’re going to do.”

Inside No. 9 series 6 trailer

We finally have a trailer for Inside No. 9 series six, which features Shearsmith and Pemberton as well as several of their illustrious guest stars including Sian Clifford, Adrian Dunbar and Sir Derek Jacobi.


Inside No. 9 returns to BBC Two later this year. Take a look at the rest of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.