Inside No. 9 Series 5 Episode Guide, Cast & Reviews

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Series five took Inside No. 9 to new and unusual places: the changing room at a premier league football match, a Louisiana prison, a cemetery at night, Wood Green… In fan-treat episode ‘Death Be Not Proud’, it even revisited an old haunt. Co-creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith welcomed new guest stars including David Morrissey, Ralf Little, Jenna Coleman, Phil Davis and Maxine Peake.

The series earned Bafta nominations for Best Scripted Comedy and Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme, to go with Steve Pemberton’s 2019 Bafta win for the previous series. It offered laughter, tears, blood, a gristly beheading, and most of all, it offered variety. Streaming now on BBC iPlayer in the UK, find all the series five episode details and links to our spoiler-filled reviews below.

The Referee’s a W***er

Inside No. 9 series 5 episode 1 poster The Referee's a W***er

Directed by: Matt Lipsey
Guest cast: David Morrissey, Ralf Little, Dipo Ola, Steve Speirs 
‘The final day of the football season and it has all come down to the last match – the crunch clash between United and Rovers – all safely in the hands of the four match officials.’
Read our spoiler-filled ‘The Referee’s a W***er’ review here

Death Be Not Proud

Inside No. 9 series 5 episode 2 poster Death Be Not Proud

Directed by: Matt Lipsey
Guest cast: Jenna Coleman, Kadiff Kirwan, Sarah Solemani, David Bamber
‘Young couple Beattie and Sam have finally managed to get onto the property ladder. But the only flat they can afford has a dark and sinister past, a past that demands to be heard.’
Read our spoiler-filled ‘Death Be Not Proud’ review here

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Love’s Great Adventure

Inside No. 9 series 5 episode 3 poster Love's Great Adventure

Directed by: Guillem Morales
Guest cast: Debbie Rush, Gaby French, Bobby Schofield, Olly Hudson-Croker
‘Trevor and Julia always want to make Christmas really special for their family but with money tight, it won’t be easy. As each door of the advent calendar opens, everyone will have to do their bit to make Christmas happen.’
Read our spoiler-filled ‘Love’s Great Adventure’ review here

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Misdirection

Inside No. 9 series 5 episode 4 poster Misdirection

Directed by: Guillem Morales
Guest cast: Fionn Whitehead, Jill Halfpenny, Tom Goodman-Hill
‘World-famous magician Neville Griffin is extremely protective of his secrets, but student journalist Gabriel is determined to get his interview nonetheless.’
Read our spoiler-filled ‘Misdirection’ review here

Thinking Out Loud

Inside No. 9 series 5 episode 5 poster Thinking Out Loud

Directed by: Steve Pemberton
Guest cast: Phil Davis, Maxine Peake, Ioanna Kimbook, Sara Kestelman, Sandra Gayer
‘Seven extremely disparate characters share their stories with a camera, their fates inevitably, inextricably, and unknowingly set for a head-on collision.’
Read our spoiler-filled ‘Thinking Out Loud’ review here

The Stakeout

Inside No. 9 series 5 episode 6 poster The Stakeout

Directed by: Guillem Morales
Guest cast: Malik Ibheis, Rebecca Callard (voice)
‘Two police officers have time to get to know each other on the night shift. But PC Thompson’s previous partner died in a brutal attack, the forensic evidence has gone missing and PC Varney is asking awkward questions.’
Read our spoiler-filled ‘The Stakeout’ review here

All episodes of Inside No. 9 are available to stream now on BBC iPlayer in the UK. 

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