Miranda Hennessy

Maybe some of you are sick of hearing it by now, but I personally think that this series of Inside No. 9 is possibly the best so far certainly in terms of variety. After last week's clever Memento-style darkly comic murder mystery, we have a much more subdued tale that has the usual twist-in-the-tale that we've come to expect from the show. To Have and To Hold feels like Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's tribute to Mike Leigh as it focuses on the strains in the marriage between wedding photographer Adrian (Pemberton) and Harriet (Nicola Walker) over a handful of scenes. Adrian is painted as the most boring man in the world; a jigsaw enthusiast and pot noodle eater he spends more time in his darkroom than he does working on his marriage. Even though Harriet wants to renew their vows, Adrian is still simmering over a dalliance his wife had with a former colleague in a Premier Inn in Wolverhampton. In the episode's most excruciating scene Harriet attempts to inject some spice into their relationship however their role play doesn't go to plan and is soon interrupted by a recently-wed pair (Shearsmith and Miranda Hennessy) who have come to look at their wedding pictures. What I liked most about To Have and To Hold was the attention-to-detail in the scenes between Harriet and Adrian that added to the realism of the piece. Nicola Walker's casting was a piece of genius and her performance here was utterly heartbreaking as the woman stuck in marriage that had lasted due to habit rather than romance. She and Pemberton were utterly believable in their roles as they convinced as a couple who still loved each other but struggled to show it. I was utterly shocked when the twist involving Adrian was first revealed and as ever the writing duo gradually peeled back the dark side of the character before the dark denouement. Like the best episodes of Inside No. 9, To Have and To Hold is an instalment that you can revisit and try to spot all the clues that Pemberton and Shearsmith dropped about the true nature of Adrian's personality. Unlike many of the shows that have debuted this year, every episode of Inside No. 9 has provided memorable moments and that's especially true of To Have and To Hold which may be the best thirty minutes of TV that I've seen so far in 2018.

Matt, The Custard TV, 27th January 2018

Inside No. 9 series 4 episode 4 review

A wedding photographer's tired marriage comes under the microscope in yet another tremendous Inside No. 9 episode.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 23rd January 2018

Inside No. 9: Series 4, Episode 4 - To Have and To Hold

A terrace house is the setting for this week's tale, about a married couple and some dark secrets.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 23rd January 2018

Inside No 9: To Have And To Hold

After all the fun - if occasionally murderous fun - in this season of Inside No 9 comes an episode with a distinct chill in the air.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 23rd January 2018

Review: Sky Summer Shorts - Andrew Flintoff's Summer

Andrew Flintoff is already a star on Sky thanks to his antics on A League Of Their Own and now he plays a romantic lead - no pun intended - in Pacino & Bert, this short film about a dreamy dog walker written by Daniel Maier.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 29th June 2017

Inside No. 9 Series 4 guest stars revealed

The list of stars that will appear in Series 4 of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's Inside No. 9 have been revealed.

British Comedy Guide, 7th April 2017

Hennessy & Friends Win best new sketch act

The versatile three hander, composed of Miranda Hennessy, David Seymour and Steve Shapland beat off some stiff competition last night to win the final of Best New Sketch Act 2014 at the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh.

James Grant, 22nd August 2014

Edinburgh Fringe review

TV Bomb, August 2014