Inside No. 9 producer recalls moment creators ‘went too far’

Each 30-minute episode of Inside No. 9 is a self-contained story (Picture: BBC/Metro.co.uk)

An Inside No. 9 producer has revealed the one time he thinks show creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith went too far with the show.

The British programme is an anthology of darkly comic twisted tales, with each one taking place behind a door marked ‘number 9’.

Each 30-minute episode is a self-contained story with new characters and a new setting. Aside from the writers, each episode has a new cast, and it usually contains a little bit of bloodshed.

Speaking during a BFI At Home event ahead of the sixth series airing, producer Adam Tandy brought up the 2020 episode titled Misdirection.

The episode follows a world-famous magician who is extremely protective of his secrets.

‘I think the only time I have seriously thought we might have gone too far was the decapitation in Misdirection in the last series,’ Adam said.

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith return with Inside No. 9

Adam Tandy thinks the episode Misconception is where they might have gone too far (Picture: BBC)

‘In Misdirection, that decapitation with the guillotine felt to me like we could go too far.

‘So it is always a judgment call on the day as to how much gore, how much you can push the idea of offending taste.

‘We have had similar instances where taste has been an issue. But that is probably the goriest moment we have done.’

Comparatively, Steve said he thought they had never ‘overstepped the mark’ when it came to gore or tasteless content.

The actor and writer said viewers have a ‘heightened awareness’ of the violence in dark anthology series Inside No. 9 because it is framed as a comedy.

Each episode has a new cast, apart from the writers (Picture: BBC)

He compared the programme to fellow BBC Two show The Terror, a horror based on Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic in the 1840s, saying it contained ’far worse’ than Inside No. 9.

‘Because it is coming out of a so-called comedy programme there is a heightened awareness of that, because we like to mix these genres up,’ he said.

‘You watch The Terror on BBC Two at nine o’clock, a whole hour before we were on, and you will see far, far worse things than what we did.

‘So I don’t think we have overstepped the mark. We are very, very cautious in how we approach that stuff.’

Series five of the anthology show received two Bafta nominations, for scripted comedy and male performance in a comedy programme for Shearsmith.

The BBC previously confirmed Inside No. 9 will return on Monday May 10 with the star-studded Wuthering Heist.

The sixth series features a typical all-star line-up, with Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Nick Mohammad, and Sian Clifford all set to appear.

Series six of Inside No. 9 begins on Monday May 10 at 9.30pm on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

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