This episode wasn’t available for preview, and I’ve no idea why, but then the episode from Series 5 with David Sowerbutts was largely kept under wraps, as were any previews for the 2018 live episode, and both of those were spot-on for those actions, since the content of the live episode wouldn’t have worked if it was NOT live, and I can understand the secrecy about the Sowerbutts – someone would’ve leaked that, so I have to bow to their decision.
No.9 is the house occupied by a family who are watching the Last Night of the Proms on TV… well, clearly from a year that was anything 2019 and before. As an aside, personally, I’m not a fan of the Proms, but I do enjoy the annual New Year’s Day Concert in Vienna… not that you need to know that, but as this family get fully into it, so do I, every January 1st.
At the house owned by Dawn (Sarah Parish) and husband (Steve Pemberton), Dawn’s sister, Penny (Debra Gillett), thinks her opera snob husband, Brian (Reece Shearsmith), is going gay. Meanwhile, Dawn’s father, Ralph (Julian Glover), is slowly suffering from dementia which is causing him to utter Carry On-style profanities.
As the drink flows, there’s also differences over Brexit, and with Dawn’s birthday is in the offing, a DNA test as a birthday gift leads to a rather unfortunate surprise… and then it all got a bit mad to the tune of Land of Hope And Glory, after the arrival of the mysterious guest, Yusuf (Bamshad Abedi-Amin).
In the end, there was nothing which could be spoiled in relation to spoiling the return of long-past characters. At least as events came to a head, this gave us Hope of a reasonable and glorious (sorry, couldn’t help it) end to what has been a rather lacklustre series.
However, Big Flipping Moron Award goes to the continuity announcer. I hate them at the best of times, but at the end of this one (the only one of this series which I’ve watched live), the end credits were accompanied by the continued applause of the Proms audience… quickly muted by Shouty McShoutface who waffled over it about… no idea, I muted them, very quickly. Have I said I hate continuity announcers?
Inside No.9 Series 6 is available to pre-order on DVD, ahead of the release date on June 21st, but there’s no Blu-ray listed yet, nor even for Series 5.
After broadcast, each episode will be on the BBC iPlayer.
Check out reviews of more Inside No.9 episodes.
Also available to buy:
- Series 5 on DVD
Series 4 on Blu-ray
- Series 4 on DVD
- Series 3 on Blu-ray
- Series 3 on DVD
- Series 1 on Blu-ray
- Series 2 on Blu-ray
- Series 1 and 2 on DVD together
Episode Score: 7/10
Director: Matt Lipsey
Producer: Adam Tandy
Writers: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Music: Christian Henson
Dawn: Sarah Parish
Mick: Steve Pemberton
Brian: Reece Shearsmith
Oliver: Jack Wolfe
Penny: Debra Gillett
Ralph: Julian Glover
Yusuf: Bamshad Abedi-Amin
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