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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. 18 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2017. Stars Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

Another series is in development.

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Find the Inside No. 9 hare

Series 3 of the brilliant Inside No. 9 may be finished, but every episode deserves a re-watch to pick up on the details missed the first time through.

What viewers might not be aware of is that there is actually a game you can play whilst re-watching the show. Creators Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have placed a common prop in all the episodes. They explain: "It's a nice little game we play. It's just fun."

A statue was added to every episode of the show, because - aside from the number 9 and the two actors - there was nothing else connecting the wildly different stories. Pemberton said: "We just thought it would be nice to have an object that you could hide... Just have it there on every set."

This silver hare ornament was selected to be that common object:

Some readers may remember the famous 1970s treasure finding puzzle book Masquerade which gave clues to the location of a golden hare. However, producer Adam Tandy says that Pemberton & Shearsmith picking the same animal for their show is just a coincidence. "We had a cardboard box of about a dozen things and [Pemberton] just picked up that."

If you want to play along, you'll have to pay very close attention, as in some of the episodes the hare is very hard to spot. In a couple of instances where it wouldn't make sense for a statue to be in the room in question (for example, the karaoke booth), it's hidden in an even more devious way!

So, whilst we wait for Series 4 to be made, why not have a go at spotting the hare? If you don't have the episodes to hand, you can buy them on DVD, or you can stream/download via BBC Store (at the time of writing BBC Store has an offer on a Series 1 & 2 bundle).

If you've got stuck or want to 'cheat', we've put the answers below.

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Series 1, Episode 1: Sardines

A hard one to start! It's on the bedside table near the wardrobe.

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Series 1, Episode 2: A Quiet Night In

On the cabinet in the bedroom. About 21 minutes in, when Ray is about to hide under the bed.

Inside No. 9. Ray (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.

Series 1, Episode 3: Tom & Gerri

On the mantelpiece opposite the sofa.

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Series 1, Episode 4: Last Gasp

On the bookshelves.

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Graham (Steve Pemberton), Si (Adam Deacon). Copyright: BBC.

Series 1, Episode 5: The Understudy

On the dressing room table.

Inside No. 9. Tony (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

Series 1, Episode 6: The Harrowing

Next to the lamp in the bedroom, about 17 minutes into the episode.

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Series 2, Episode 1: La Couchette

A tricky one! It's hidden in the family picture that is found in the dead man's wallet (15 minutes into the episode).

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Series 2, Episode 2: The 12 Days Of Christine

Under the mirror.

Inside No. 9. Christine (Sheridan Smith). Copyright: BBC.

Series 2, Episode 3: The Trial Of Elizabeth Gadge

The hare is on the middle table, but due to the position of the camera can only be momentarily glimpsed.

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Mr Clarke (Steve Pemberton), Mr Warren (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.

Series 2, Episode 4: Cold Comfort

On the desk in the CCTV picture in the top right of the screen.

Inside No. 9. Andy (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

Series 2, Episode 5: Nana's Party

On the bookshelf.

Inside No. 9. Maggie (Elsie Kelly). Copyright: BBC.

Series 2, Episode 6: Séance Time

The hare is located near the mirror that conceals the TV camera.

Inside No. 9. Tina (Sophie McShera). Copyright: BBC.

Series 3, Episode 1: The Devil Of Christmas

The hare is on the table in the opening scene, as the camera pans.

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Series 3, Episode 2: The Bill

Again, it can be spotted very early in this episode. This time it's in the display in the pillar.

Inside No. 9. Anya (Ellie White). Copyright: BBC.

Series 3, Episode 3: The Riddle Of The Sphinx

The hare can be briefly glimpsed on the table in the fireplace...

Inside No. 9. Professor Squires (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

There is actually a second hare in this episode too. Shearsmith gave a tip off on Twitter that hare hunters should look very closely at the crossword. It's not fully filled in by the characters during the episode, but the version in The Guardian allows the grid to be completed. We can't take credit for spotting this, but when you fill it all in you can see in one of the columns the nina (hidden word pattern) "ONE LEPUS" ... Lepus being Hare in Latin. Genius!

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Series 3, Episode 4: Empty Orchestra

The hare hides in a picture again... this time it's in the photo Roger pulls out of his wallet.

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Series 3, Episode 5: Diddle Diddle Dumpling

The statue is quite easy to locate in this episode - it's sitting with the photos. Shearsmith points out: "In Diddle there are actually two hares - either side of the sideboard - in keeping with the 'pairs' motif of the episode."

Inside No. 9. Copyright: BBC.

Series 3, Episode 6: Private View

Did you spot it in the latest episode? It was hiding behind a mannequin.

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Jean (Fiona Shaw), Maurice (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: BBC.


Want to know what's coming up in the next series of Inside No. 9? Our Series 3 interview with Reece and Steve includes some clues about their ideas for the next series.

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BCG would like to thank Davida Grimes for her help in spotting many of the hares, and Shannen Pickering for managing to locate the statues in The Riddle Of The Sphinx and The Trial Of Elizabeth Gadge.

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