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We’re getting a double helping of Peterborough actor Luke Pasqualino on our TV screens as he appears in dark new comedy ‘Inside No. 9’ as well as enjoying his current run in The Musketeers.

BBC Two have produced the anthology of comedies stuffed with dark humour and unexpected twists and it’s written, created by and stars Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith familair faces from A League Of Gentlemen and Psychoville.

There are six separate 30-minute stories and Luke appears in the first episode called Sardines, which will be broadcast on Wednesday February 5.

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith follow up the multi-award-winning Psychoville with an anthology of tales of the genuinely unexpected, under the working title Inside No. 9. What goes on behind closed doors on the street where you live? Inside No. 9 invites you into six very different No. 9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre. From a grand country house where a game of ‘sardines’ leads to some chilling revelations in a wardrobe; to a very oddly haunted house; to the flat of an apparently happy primary school teacher who becomes the victim of a good deed; these unpredictable tales feature high comedy and claustrophobic horror by turns.

As well as local guy Luke, others starring alongside Steve and Reece throughout the various stories will be the likes of Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace, Tamara Drewe), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd), Anna Chancellor (The Hour, Pramface), Anne Reid (Last Tango In Halifax), Tamsin Grieg (Friday Night Dinner, Episodes), Timothy West (Exile, Endgame), Sophie Thompson (Love Life, EastEnders),  Adam Deacon (Kidulthood, Adulthood) and many more.

“We wanted to explore the sense of claustrophobia and intensity that is brought about by limiting the action to one location in each story. We’re thrilled to have our own anthology series of devilish delights, and can’t wait to throw the doors of our various number 9s open to the nation.” say Shearsmith and Pemberton.

Janice Hadlow, BBC Two Controller says: “Once again Steve and Reece bring us a comedy series that stands out from the rest. I hope these six dark little tales will be as enjoyed and talked about as their highly acclaimed work to date. That, combined with the stellar cast, will make an exciting addition to BBC Two’s comedy offering this year.”

The first part of the series is written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, produced by Adam Tandy (The Thick Of It, A Touch Of Cloth) and directed by David Kerr (Fresh Meat, That Mitchell And Webb Look). The series is executive produced by Jon Plowman (Ab Fab, Twenty Twelve) for the BBC.

Photo: BBC/Gary Moyes


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