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.
Series 2, Episode 4 is repeated on BBC4 tomorrow at 10:30pm.

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Arthur Flitwick (Steve Pemberton), Moira O'Keefe (Stephanie Cole), Rev. Neil (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.

Inside No. 9 Live - Dead Line

When Arthur finds an old mobile phone in his local graveyard, he makes the mistake of trying to contact the owner. But some mysteries are best left unsolved, and as Halloween draws near Arthur is plunged into a nightmare of his own making. It seems that no good deed can go unpunished, in this world or the next.


The 25th episode of Inside No. 9, Dead Line was broadcast and scored completely live. It was originally intended to be broadcast on Halloween night itself, but had to be moved to accommodate BBC Two's schedules. The script was rewritten to reflect this.

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith interview

Broadcast details

Sunday 28th October 2018
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Steve Pemberton Arthur Flitwick
Reece Shearsmith Rev. Neil
Stephanie Cole Moira O'Keefe
Robin Berry Alan Starr (Coronation Street Crew Member)
Chandrika Chevli Laura Howarth (News Reporter)
Sophie Jugé Ghost
Connie Wilkins Ghost
Yvonne D'Alpra Radio Advert (Voice)
Rich Keeble Radio DJ (Voice)
Emma Stannard Radio Advert (Voice)
Beccy Wright BBC Two Continuity Announcer (Voice)
Writing team
Reece Shearsmith Writer
Steve Pemberton Writer
Production team
Barbara Wiltshire Director
Adam Tandy Series Producer
Claire McCarthy Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Simon Rogers Production Designer
Christian Henson Composer


Late Coronation Street stars 'haunting Granada Studios'

Coronation Street stars from years gone by are haunting the soap's old set at the Granada Studios in Manchester.

The spooky goings-on are thought to have got so bad, that BBC Two show Inside No. 9 has even pulled out of filming there.

Julia Pritchard, The Sun, 26th October 2018

Tantalisingly, all Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith will give away about this live special is that it's Halloween night and a man is making his way home through the graveyard of a church when he finds a mobile on one of the graves. His attempt to contact the owner unleashes a dark chain of events. Be there and be scared.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 28th October 2018

Inside No 9 Live, review

A prank pulled off with aplomb, this was a televisual trick and treat.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 28th October 2018

How will Inside No 9's live Halloween episode work?

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith discuss the scariest TV project they've ever worked on...

Sam Peters, Radio Times, 28th October 2018

Inside No 9, live Halloween episode, review

The League of Gentlemen graduates deploy retro-horror with some very post modern twisting.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 29th October 2018

TV review: Inside No. 9

I'd love it if some people came in to the show half way through and bought in to the harrowing events that were inflicted upon us.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 29th October 2018

Inside No 9: Dead Line review

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith love a gimmick, coming up with ever-inventive ways to present each of their Inside No 9 stories.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 29th October 2018

Inside No. 9: the road to devilish deception

Where did The Sun and their quoted source, The Daily Star, get the Inside No. 9 Granada Studios story? Is it possible they were fed it as part of the show's mischief...

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 30th October 2018

Inside No. 9's live episode was exceptionally clever

Television history, urban myth, horror tradition, all bound together and delivered at a breakneck pace through live television.

James Cooray Smith, The New Statesman, 30th October 2018

Inside No. 9 Live: staging a Halloween prank

Executive producer Adam Tandy lifts the lid on the delicate staging of an elaborate hoax.

Adam Tandy, Broadcast, 31st October 2018

Inside No.9 review: Halloween special: 'Dead Line'

The way it was done, the sheer audacity of the whole thing left one almost open-mouthed in admiration and amazement.

Dodo's Words, 19th November 2018