Thursday, March 26, 2015

Inside job

Well done, Auntie - no, not just for coming to your senses and (finally) sacking Jeremy Clarkson, but also for commissioning a second series of Inside No. 9, which kicks off tonight. Creators Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have been talking about it with their employers ahead of transmission, with the former seemingly slightly nervous about the critical and popular reception it might get: "It's like presenting your baby to the world and them passing judgement on it. You feel protective of it, you want it to be liked."

That said, the pair's track record is extremely good and consequently they've had the luxury of being trusted by the Beeb, left to their own devices to do what they want rather than having TV execs breathing down their necks. The results, Shearsmith says, are "hopefully subtler than stuff we've done before" - an intriguing comment, given that "subtle" is one of the last words that would spring to mind when describing League Of Gentlemen. The proof, of course, will be in the viewing...

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