The Best Episodes of Inside No. 9

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

Inside No. 9 invites viewers into six very different No. 9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre. From a grand country house where a game of 'sardines' leads to some chilling revelations in a wardrobe; to a very oddly haunted house; to a blood-soaked actor's dressing room in London's West End; 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 claustrophobic horror by turns.

The 12 Days of Christine

#1 - The 12 Days of Christine

Season 2 - Episode 2

Christine Clarke brings a new man back to her flat from a New Year's Eve party, and immediately her life starts to unravel. Who is the terrifying stranger that keeps appearing in the flat at night?

star 8.27
306 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Once Removed

#2 - Once Removed

Season 4 - Episode 3

According to the Holmes & Rahe Stress Scale, the three most troubling experiences in life are the death of a spouse, divorce and imprisonment. Moving house is only 32nd on the list. But anything could happen in the last 10 minutes of this episode. Or the 10 minutes before that. Or the first 10 minutes for that matter.

star 8.05
154 votes
Directors: Jim O'Hanlon
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
The Riddle of the Sphinx

#3 - The Riddle of the Sphinx

Season 3 - Episode 3

A professor at the University of Cambridge attempts to teach a student how to solve a cryptic crossword.

star 8.04
252 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
A Quiet Night In

#4 - A Quiet Night In

Season 1 - Episode 2

Gerald owns a beautiful house with lots of beautiful things in it. Beautiful things that are also extremely valuable. The kind of things that might just become the target of an audacious criminal enterprise.

star 8.04
388 votes
Directors: David Kerr
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon Buy on iTunes
Cold Comfort

#5 - Cold Comfort

Season 2 - Episode 4

It's Andy's first day as a volunteer at the Comfort Support Line call centre, which offers the lonely and desperate a chance to talk about their problems. All the CSL counsellors have their own ways of dealing with clients, coping with the emotional stress and killing time between phone calls. But is Andy really prepared for what's to come?

star 7.94
253 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room

#6 - Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room

Season 4 - Episode 2

It's been 30 years since Northern double-act Len and Tommy last appeared on stage together, that fateful night at the Glasgow Pavilion. Then Tommy walked out on Len, and that was curtains for Cheese & Crackers. Until now - and one last gig in front of an invited audience.

star 7.92
160 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Zanzibar

#7 - Zanzibar

Season 4 - Episode 1

Welcome to London's Hotel Zanzibar. Our varied guests have travelled from afar. Proposals, plots and prostitutes combine. It's a comedy of errors on floor nine.

star 7.89
170 votes
Directors: David Kerr
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Tom & Gerri

#8 - Tom & Gerri

Season 1 - Episode 3

Tom is a primary school teacher with ambitious ideas of becoming an author. When he tries to repay a good turn from a late-night caller, he gradually becomes the victim of his own generosity. As time passes, his new friend - Migg - becomes an increasingly dominant part of Tom's life, threatening his relationship with his aspiring actress girlfriend, Gerri.

star 7.88
342 votes
Directors: David Kerr
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon Buy on iTunes
The Bill

#9 - The Bill

Season 3 - Episode 2

A group of friends go for a night out at a local restaurant. Soon an argument erupts about who is going to pay the bill.

star 7.88
260 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
To Have and To Hold

#10 - To Have and To Hold

Season 4 - Episode 4

When Adrian's career as a wedding photographer starts to get in the way of his own marriage, his wife Harriet is determined to find out why.

star 7.86
140 votes
Directors: David Kerr
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Tempting Fate

#11 - Tempting Fate

Season 4 - Episode 6

A dead hoarder's flat, a blood-stained floor, a dead rat, and a terrible, inescapable curse from beyond the grave. All in an ordinary day's work for council contractors Keith, Nick and Maz.

star 7.76
129 votes
Directors: Jim O'Hanlon
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
La Couchette

#12 - La Couchette

Season 2 - Episode 1

On board the sleeper from Paris to Bourg St. Maurice, a motley collection of passengers try to get a quiet night's sleep as the train makes its way across France. But as the sleeping compartment fills up, the chances of that begin to look highly unlikely. In Deuxième Classe, everyone can hear you scream...

star 7.75
271 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Diddle Diddle Dumpling

#13 - Diddle Diddle Dumpling

Season 3 - Episode 5

After finding a lost shoe in the street, a man becomes fixated on trying to trace its owner.

star 7.60
221 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
The Devil of Christmas

#14 - The Devil of Christmas

Season 3 - Episode 1

Austria, Krampusnacht 1977. All the good children are given gifts by St Nicholas and all the bad ones are punished by the demonic Krampus. Julian and Kathy arrive for a holiday with their family. But who has been good and who has been bad?

star 7.50
251 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Sardines

#15 - Sardines

Season 1 - Episode 1

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. Except that one of the bedrooms, the one with all the old baggage in it, has been left unlocked...

star 7.49
449 votes
Directors: David Kerr
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon Buy on iTunes
Nana's Party

#16 - Nana's Party

Season 2 - Episode 5

It is Nana's special day: it isn't every day you get to be 79. She is excited about spending the afternoon with her whole family - even Pat and Jim, who both love a great practical joke. Her Angela has put on a lovely spread, including a huge cake. But as Nana says, 'Don't worry about the future: you can't predict it'.

star 7.46
226 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Empty Orchestra

#17 - Empty Orchestra

Season 3 - Episode 4

At a karaoke party to celebrate a colleague's promotion, a group of office workers decide to express their feelings through their choice of songs.

star 7.43
228 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Private View

#18 - Private View

Season 3 - Episode 6

A group of strangers are invited to attend a private exhibition at an art gallery, but none of them knows why they were invited.

star 7.41
205 votes
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge

#19 - The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge

Season 2 - Episode 3

Two of England's most notorious and feared witch-finders are summoned by Sir Andrew Pike to the unassuming village of Little Happens in order to try an old woman. Elizabeth Gadge stands accused of consorting with the Devil, most lewdly and on divers occasions. If she is found guilty, she will burn. It is very definitely the most exciting event in Little Happens since the business of the escaped cow.

star 7.39
234 votes
Directors: Dan Zeff
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
Last Gasp

#20 - Last Gasp

Season 1 - Episode 4

Tamsin is a very sick little girl, so Jan and Graham 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.

star 7.23
299 votes
Directors: David Kerr
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon Buy on iTunes
Seance Time

#21 - Seance Time

Season 2 - Episode 6

Having never consulted the spirit world before, Tina isn't quite sure what to expect. Her visit to the spiritualist medium Madam Talbot has been arranged by her sister. Hives, Talbot's assistant in the mundane world, seems quite helpful, but there's something already waiting for Tina on the Other Side, and Hives knows all about it.

star 7.22
219 votes
Directors: Dan Zeff
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
And the Winner Is...

#22 - And the Winner Is...

Season 4 - Episode 5

We join the jury of a television awards company as they decide on who is going to win the Best Actress award. But only one of the eight actresses can be chosen.

star 7.13
132 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon
The Understudy

#23 - The Understudy

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.02
264 votes
Directors: David Kerr
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon Buy on iTunes
The Harrowing

#24 - The Harrowing

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 carer. And Katy's not going to turn down £88, is she?

star 6.98
258 votes
Directors: David Kerr
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Watch on Amazon Buy on iTunes