Frustrated after a long evening, writer Spencer Maguire (Steve Pemberton, with a hairdo in the style of David Lynch) gets home after learning how everyone hated the finale of his fantasy drama, The Ninth Circle, so it’s basically like when fans moaned about the final season of Game Of Thrones (which I’ve never seen, bar the odd clip).
The silence is soon broken by obsessive fan Simon (Reece Shearsmith), who breaks the news to Spencer that after the altercation which broke out, another fan, Gavin, died, but good news, since Simon states he filmed the whole thing and is happy to go to the police on Spencer’s behalf.
But who was to blame for Gavin’s death?
Without going into too much detail, as I know many will catch up on iPlayer afterwards, Simon Says did feel a bit like Stephen King’s Misery, with Spencer being forced to write a new script for his series.
With a guest appearance from Lindsay Duncan as Spencer’s agent Loretta Lamb, and Nick Mohammed (The Martian, Sorry I’ve Got No Head) as Gavin, overall, Simon Says was quite entertaining, but a bit too predictable, as events went on.
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: 6/10
Director: Guillem Morales
Producer: Adam Tandy
Writers: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Music: Christian Henson
Spencer Maguire: Steve Pemberton
Simon Smethurst: Reece Shearsmith
Gavin: Nick Mohammed
Loretta Lamb: Lindsay Duncan
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