Inside No. 9, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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Inside No. 9 invites you into six very different Number 9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the macabre. From a grand country house where a game of 'sardines' leads to some chilling revelations in a wardrobe, 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 horror by turns.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSardines||It is the day of Rebecca and Jeremy's engagement party, and everyone (well, nearly everyone) has turned up to the old house to wish them well. However, one of the bedrooms, the one with all the old baggage in it, has been left unlocked.||29:29||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA Quiet Night In||In this silent farce, we enter the beautiful, modernist home of Gerald and Sabrina - a beautiful home with lots of beautiful things in it. When cat-burglars Ray and Eddie decide to break in, they have to dodge all manner of obstacles - including the warring couple that live there - to get their hands on a priceless painting.||29:20||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTom and Gerri||Tom is a primary school teacher with ambitious ideas of becoming an author. When he tries to repay a good deed from a late-night caller, he gradually becomes the victim of his own generosity.||29:28||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLast Gasp||Tamsin is a very sick little girl, so Jan and Graham have asked WishmakerUK to brighten up their daughter's birthday. The charity is bringing along a very special guest indeed - none other than the legendary singer Frankie J Parsons.||28:36||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Understudy||Tony Warner's performance as Macbeth is the toast of London's West End. It would be very bad luck indeed if he was suddenly indisposed in some way; except for Jim, his ever-hopeful understudy, of course.||29:04||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Harrowing||Ordinarily, Hector and Tabitha never go out as they have to look after their disabled elder brother. But tonight's event is so special that they are going to need a baby-sitter. And Katy's not going to turn down some extra cash, is she?||28:58||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Horror and Comedy greatness
It is on very few occasions that a movie or a film leaves me with the feeling that I just experienced something amazing (I hesitate to say ‘genius’ because then it might seem as though I favor hyperbole and can’t be taken seriously). The Tom and Gerri episode went a little over my head, but that may have just been me, other than that the episodes were a beautiful combination of dark humor, crushing realism (when the plot is more realistic), and true horror, with more somber and dark endings than not. And believe me when I say that there are some truly brilliant moments and ideas in this series. Sometimes you see the twist coming from a mile away, then Shearsmith and Pemberton turn it back around on you. Sometimes, because of how dark you know they can get, they surprise you with a bit of light. Sometimes, when the tension is at it’s highest, they crack a joke and have you laughing out of relief.
I really wasn’t exaggerating before when I said that this series left me with an odd feeling of something amazing. I enjoy laughably bad stories because they are bad, and genuinely good stories because they are good. But this was something different. More than one episode left me with the odd feeling that I had just witnessed something rare and brilliant. I had to sit back and think to myself ‘wow, this is true genius!”
Of course, this is all relative, but I wanted to relay, as much as I could, how this series affected me, as both a writer of horror stories, and a fan of Shearsmith and Pemberton (along with the other two Gentlemen). It is very likely that the general viewer won’t enjoy this as much as I did, but I had to relate my sheer joy at this series and look forward to the second one being posted on iTunes.
I must stress that this is not for everyone. But, if you are familiar with the League of Gentlemen’s past series/shows or Psychoville, then that is the type of humor you should expect here. As for the horror elements, you can really tell that these two men appreciate good old fashioned dark situations and classic horror, because it is decidedly more prevalent here than in their past TV projects. To sum up: Classic horror + LoG Humor + brilliant writing + a touch of the fantastic = Inside No. 9