Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have cooked up another batch of fearsome fables for Inside No. 9 season 7, which now has a teaser trailer as well as a confirmed air date on BBC Two and iPlayer.


The cult favourite anthology series tells a unique self-contained story in each episode, with the only common link being that they all take place in one enclosed location – all of which bear the number nine.

The BAFTA-winning series has amassed legions of fans with its clever scripts, shock twists and all-star casts, with guest stars in this latest outing including Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Sophie Okonedo (Ratched) and Diane Morgan (Motherland).

Season 7 is also noteworthy for featuring Mark Gatiss and therefore functioning as a mini reunion of sorts for Shearsmith and Pemberton's earlier work: The League of Gentlemen.

Shearsmith and Pemberton said in a statement: "We hope you'll join us and another incredible cast of actors for more surprises that will make your jaws drop and spines tingle. Heads might even roll, and if not heads, definitely eyes."

Read on for everything we know so far about Inside No. 9 season 7, including release date, cast and trailer.

Inside No. 9 season 7 release date

CONFIRMED: Inside No. 9 will return to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer at 10pm on Wednesday 20th April 2022, as confirmed by co-creator Reece Shearsmith on Twitter.

Historically, the show usually premieres between January and March, but this changed in 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which shifted the show to a later May date.

Filming on season 7 got started last September.

Josh Cole, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios Production, said: “It’s a joy to be back in the Inside No. 9 saddle. Reece and Steve are comic masters, and their new scripts are better than ever. Which really is saying something when the last bunch won Best Comedy at the BAFTAs!”

Season 6 and 7 were ordered at the same time by the BBC (in March 2020), challenging Shearsmith and Pemberton to come up with another 12 thrilling stories contained within a single location.

Inside No. 9 season 7 cast

Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton reunite for Inside No. 9 series seven
Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton reunite for Inside No. 9 season 7 Jorge Herrera/WireImage

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton will co-star once again when Inside No. 9 returns, disappearing into various roles over the course of six brand new episodes.

As filming commenced in September 2021, the BBC announced an all-star cast of guest performers for season seven including Mark Gatiss, who previously worked with the creators on dark sitcom The League of Gentlemen.

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Line of Duty's Daniel Mays, The OA's Jason Isaacs and Britannia's Sophie Okonedo are also joining the Inside No. 9 family, alongside comedy greats Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Diane Morgan (Mandy) and Daisy Haggard (Back to Life).

Fans can also expect appearances from Annette Badland (Ted Lasso), Siobhan Redmond (Unforgotten), and Ron Cook (Des) in the next series.

Inside No. 9 season 7 episodes

There's no word yet on season 7 storylines, with Shearsmith and Pemberton generally keeping tight-lipped about their episodes until broadcast to protect the surprises in store.

However, a first-look image from season 7 does tease a story set inside a school, with Shearsmith playing a teacher and Pemberton seemingly as a headmaster, invigilating a class of children as they sit an exam (see top of page).

Is there an Inside No. 9 season 7 trailer?

The trailer for Inside No. 9. season 7 dropped in April 2022, roughly two weeks before the launch on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, spotlighting some of the illustrious guest stars in this latest outing. Watch below:

Inside No. 9 season 7 premieres on BBC Two and iPlayer at 10pm on Wednesday 20th April. Check out more of our Comedy coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what's on tonight.


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