‘Inside No. 9’ reveals guests stars for final season as filming begins

Another starry line-up of British actors has been confirmed for the next season of Inside No. 9!

Production has commenced on six new episodes of the BBC’s dark comedy-horror anthology series.

Telling a different stand-alone story with new characters and a new setting every week, Inside No. 9 first aired in 2014 and every 30-minute instalment is written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

The British comedy duo – who shot to fame with The League of Gentleman alongside Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss – also both act in most of the stories.

Amongst the guest stars in the ninth season is Siobhan Finneran, best known for her roles in Happy Valley and Downton Abbey.

Also appearing are Dorothy Atkinson (Mum), Charlie Cooper (See How They Run), Philippa Dunne (Derry Girls), Joel Fry (Plebs), Katherine Kelly (The Long Shadow), Matthew Kelly (Stars In Their Eyes), Vinette Robinson (Boiling Point), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake), Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes), and Adrian Scarborough (The Chelsea Detective).

British period drama fans will recognise Mark Bonnar (World on Fire, Guilt) and Eddie Marsan (Vera Drake, Ridley Road) too.

Season 9 will premiere in the UK on BBC Two in spring 2024, before airing on BritBox in the US later in the year.

Every episode of Inside No.9 so far is streaming on BritBox now and you can sign up for a free 7-day trial here!

“It is with mixed emotions that we announce we have started filming the final series of Inside No. 9,” commented Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton this week.

“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,” they said.

“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,” Shearsmith and Pemberton joked.

Inside No. 9 is an all time comedy great, and Reece and Steve’s achievement in writing 55 extraordinary episodes is little short of breathtaking,” remarked BBC Studios’ Head of Comedy, Josh Cole.

“There is something so special about this show, and we will miss making it more than words can say”, he added.

While the ninth season is being pitched as the final run of Inside No. 9 for now, co-creator Steve Pemberton hinted last December that it might still return one day.

“We’re not saying it’s over for good,” he teased.

“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 BritBox.