Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith. Copyright: BBC.

Inside No. 9

BBC Two comedy drama created by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. 25 episodes (4 series), 2014 - 2018. Stars Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

Series 5 begins in 2019.

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Kirstie (Rosie Cavaliero), Felicity (Julia Davis), Tony (Steve Pemberton), Jim (Reece Shearsmith), Laura (Lyndsey Marshal). Copyright: BBC.

Series 1, Episode 5 - The Understudy

An episode set behind-the-scenes at a performance of Macbeth.

Further details

Successful West End actor Tony Warner's tour-de-force performance as Macbeth is the toast of The Duke Of Cambridge Theatre, but his overbearing personality makes life hell for those he works with.

It would be very bad luck indeed if he was suddenly indisposed in some way - although not for Jim, his ever-hopeful understudy, of course...

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Kirstie (Rosie Cavaliero), Felicity (Julia Davis), Tony (Steve Pemberton), Jim (Reece Shearsmith), Laura (Lyndsey Marshal). Copyright: BBC.

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Felicity (Julia Davis), Tony (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Jim (Reece Shearsmith), Laura (Lyndsey Marshal). Copyright: BBC.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 5th March 2014
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Guest cast
    Reece Shearsmith Jim
    Steve Pemberton Tony
    Lyndsey Marshal Laura (Jim's Girlfriend)
    Julia Davis Felicity (Company Manager)
    Rosie Cavaliero Kirstie (Dresser)
    Roger Sloman Bill (Tony's Neighbour)
    Di Botcher Jean (Tony's Neighbour)
    Richard Cordery Nick (Company Manager)
    Bruce Mackinnon 'Malcolm' (Voice)
    Jo Stone-Fewings 'Macduff' (Voice)
    Writing team
    Reece Shearsmith Writer
    Steve Pemberton Writer
    Production team
    Joe Randall-Cutler Editor
    Brian Sykes Production Designer
    David Kerr Director
    Adam Tandy Producer
    Jon Plowman Executive Producer
    Christian Henson Composer

    Videos

    This is theatre

    Tony Warner's understudy visits him backstage after a performance.

    Featuring: Reece Shearsmith (Jim), Steve Pemberton (Tony), Rosie Cavaliero (Kirstie), Roger Sloman (Bill), Di Botcher (Jean).

    A sackable offence

    Felicity catches Jim and Laura in Tony's dressing room.

    Featuring: Reece Shearsmith (Jim), Lyndsey Marshal (Laura), Julia Davis (Felicity).

    Interview: A backstage Macbeth

    Steve and Reece explain why they decided to set The Understudy in a professional theatre.

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