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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 - 2024
  • 55 episodes (9 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.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 36


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Series 8, Episode 4 - Love Is A Stranger

Inside No. 9. Image shows left to right: Manny (Steve Pemberton), Vicky (Claire Rushbrook), Norman (Reece Shearsmith)
You get to meet all sorts when you go online dating, as Vicky's about to find out. Will she finally meet her perfect match? Or will she be talking to the Lonely Hearts Killer?

Broadcast details

Thursday 11th May 2023
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Claire Rushbrook Vicky
Steve Pemberton Manny
Reece Shearsmith Norman
Mathew Horne Edgar
Frances Barber Lesley
Asim Chaudhry Jai
Menyee Lai Polly
Writing team
Reece Shearsmith Writer
Steve Pemberton Writer
Production team
Jesse Quinones Director
Kim Crowther Producer
Adam Tandy Executive Producer
Josh Cole Executive Producer
Steve Pemberton Associate Producer
Reece Shearsmith Associate Producer
Ursula Haworth Line Producer
Owen Oppenheimer Editor
Paul Rowan Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Yves Barre Costume Designer
Len Gowing Director of Photography
Rowena Dean Make-up Designer
Christian Henson Composer
Nathan Juckes 1st Assistant Director
Gregor Sharp Commissioning Editor


Inside No. 9 - Love Is A Stranger review

Rushbrook's performance was outstanding. A thirty-minute comedy doesn't give the greatest scope for a dramatic performance but it can be done.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 12th May 2023

Inside No. 9 - Love Is A Stranger review

"Love Is A Stranger" is another excellent episode in what is one of the strongest series of Inside No. 9 yet.

Nick Bartlett, Critical Popcorn, 11th May 2023

Inside No. 9 - Love Is A Stranger review

Claire Rushbrook shines in an Inside No. 9 episode about looking for love in all the wrong places.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 11th May 2023

Inside No. 9 review

Love Is A Stranger was an expertly conceived, written and acted piece of television about the horrors of online dating. Claire Rushbrook's performance was beautifully restrained, oozing shy vulnerability as a series of hideous men popped up on her laptop screen, played by Mathew Horne, Shearsmith and Pemberton, plus Frances Barber as a ghastly woman selling diets to lonely women. Then, finally, a man who seemed nice, played by Asim Chaudhry. It kept you guessing as to who was the "lonely hearts killer" until the final seconds, then pulled the rug again. Small but perfectly formed television.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 11th May 2023

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