Warning: contains spoilers for Inside No. 9 series six.
In series six, Inside No. 9 pulled off a diamond heist, explored obsessive geek fandom, framed a cuckold in an international conspiracy, let a grotesque true crime bleed from reality to fiction and back again, made a deal with the devil, and killed Jesus. Where, one might well ask, next?
Anywhere it wants, is the answer to that question. The BBC Two anthology series can float from location to location, story to story, unhampered by the need to put down roots in any one place. Series seven brings half a dozen brand new films to screen, scored by composer Christian Henson, and each one as different as the last.
The official synopsis describes the new episodes as taking us “from the Welsh valleys to an abandoned house, from kidnappers to detectives, and from a day trip out in a pedalo to a public information film.” Here’s all the info we know so far. We’ll update as announcements are made.
Inside No. 9 Series 7 Air Date
The new series starts on Wednesday the 20th of April at 10pm on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer with ‘Merrily Merrily’, guest-starring Shearsmith and Pemberton’s former The League of Gentlemen co-creator Mark Gatiss. The remaining episodes will air weekly, with a gap on Wednesday the 4th of May for some football-related business.
Inside No. 9 Series 7 Trailer
Set to a creepy cover of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’, here’s the Series 7 trailer:
Episode 1: Merrily, Merrily
Lawrence has arranged a reunion with his old university chums at a remote lake. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then of course. As they strike out across the empty lake, the conversation takes them into choppier waters.
‘Merrily Merrily’ stars Reece Shearsmith as Lawrence, Steve Pemberton as Darren, Mark Gatiss as Callum, Diane Morgan as Donna and Patrice Naiambana as The Fisherman. It was directed by Al Campbell (Drifters, Man Down, Dead Pixels, Code 404).
Episode 2: Mr King
Alan arrives at a small village primary school in rural Wales. Passionate about teaching, he throws himself into the new job but finds himself overshadowed by his charismatic and much-loved predecessor, Mr. King.
‘Mr King’ stars Reece Shearsmith as Alan Curtis, Steve Pemberton as Mr Edwards and Annette Badland (Ted Lasso, EastEnders, Midsomer Murders) as Winnie. It was directed by Louise Hooper (The Witcher, The Sandman, Flesh and Blood).
Episode 3: Nine Lives Kat
Hard-as-nails Detective Inspector Katrina, a divorcee and single mum, is determined to crack the case of the missing boy. But there’s also her drinking, her love life and her inner demons. She doesn’t want help, but it turns up anyway.
According to comedy.co.uk, ‘Nine Lives Kat’ stars Sophie Okonedo and Robin Weaver. It’s directed by Kieron J Walsh and will air at 10pm on Wednesday the 11th of May (after a week’s break due to football.)
Episode 4: Kid/Nap
Shane and Clifford have a plan to abduct the wife of a wealthy hedge fund manager. If he won’t pay them the money, they’ll snip her ears off to prove they mean business. Everything in the plan depends on everyone playing their part right to the end. Airing on Wednesday the 18th of May.
Episode 5: A Random Act of Kindness
Helen and her teenage son Zach don’t really get on, until a random act of kindness brings the mysterious Bob to their front door. He seems to understand their problems and offers to help. Airing on Wednesday the 25th of May.
Episode 6: Wise Owl
Everyone remembers the Wise Owl, of course. The bossy cartoon bird keeping children safe back in the 1970s. Those old information films had a lasting effect on all of us – especially Ronnie, who has spent his entire life trying to do the right thing. But what is right? And what is wrong? Airing on Wednesday the 1st of June.
Series 7 Guest Cast
Also joining Shearsmith and Pemberton in series seven are Jessica Hynes (Years and Years, The Witchfinder, Spaced), Daniel Mays (Code 404, White Lines, Temple), Jason Isaacs (The OA, Star Trek: Discovery, Harry Potter), Daisy Haggard (Breeders, Back to Life, Episodes), Sophie Okonedo (Death on the Nile, His Dark Materials, Flack), Siobhan Redmond (Unforgotten, Taggart, The Bill), Ron Cook (Mr Selfridge, Des, The Salisbury Poisonings) and more to be confirmed.
Inside No. 9 Series 7 starts on Wednesday the 20th of April at 10pm on BBC Two.