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

Inside No. 9

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Two
  • 2014 - 2021
  • 37 episodes (6 series)

Dark comedy anthology series from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. Each episode focuses on the goings-on around something to do with the number 9.

  • Due to return for Series 7

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Series 2, Episode 4 - Cold Comfort

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Andy (Steve Pemberton), George (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC
It's Andy's first day as a volunteer at the Comfort Support Line call centre, which offers the lonely and desperate a chance to talk about their problems. All the CSL counsellors have their own ways of dealing with clients, coping with the emotional stress, and killing time between phone calls. But is Andy really prepared for what's to come?

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Broadcast details

Thursday 16th April 2015
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 6th November 2016 12:20am Gold
Tuesday 4th April 2017 10:00pm BBC2
Saturday 29th April 2017 12:50am Gold
Saturday 18th November 2017 1:00am Gold
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 1:35am Gold
Wednesday 24th January 2018 12:15am Gold
Saturday 10th March 2018 2:05am Gold
Sunday 10th June 2018 12:15am Gold
Wednesday 19th December 2018 10:30pm BBC4
Friday 8th March 2019 12:00am Gold
Friday 8th March 2019 10:40pm Gold
Thursday 15th August 2019 1:50am Gold
Friday 16th August 2019 1:20am Gold
Sunday 14th June 2020 11:40pm Gold
Monday 15th June 2020 1:40am Gold
Thursday 13th August 2020 11:15pm Gold
Friday 14th August 2020 3:15am Gold
Saturday 24th October 2020 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 25th October 2020 2:15am Gold
Sunday 10th January 2021 12:00am Gold
Sunday 10th January 2021 2:25am Gold

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Jane Horrocks Liz
Steve Pemberton Andy
Reece Shearsmith George
Nikki Amuka-Bird Joanne
Tony Way Michael
Edward Easton Caller (Voice)
Vilma Hollingbery Caller (Voice)
Kath Hughes Caller (Voice)
James Meehan Caller (Voice)
Vicky Hall Caller (Voice)
Writing team
Reece Shearsmith Writer
Steve Pemberton Writer
Production team
Steve Pemberton Director
Reece Shearsmith Director
Adam Tandy Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Joe Randall-Cutler Editor
Simon Rogers Production Designer
Christian Henson Composer


Comfort Support Line

It's Andy's first day at the Comfort Support Line, George offers some advice.

Featuring: Jane Horrocks (Liz), Steve Pemberton (Andy) & Reece Shearsmith (George).

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