Wuthering Heist – Inside No.9 Series 6 Episode 1 – The DVDfever Review

Wuthering Heist is the first episode of Inside No.9 Series 6, and centres aroudnd a planned £12m robbery of rough-cut diamonds, hence the ‘heist’ part.

Gemma Whelan, as Columbina, breaks the fourth wall, describing the contents of the episode to come to us, as a mix of Commedia dell’Arte and a heist movie, saying it’s “something a drama teacher would have a wank to”, but concedes, “Still, it’s Series 6, so you have to allow for certain artistic exhaustion”.

On the plus side, there’s a nice early trick with the use of slow-motion, but I’ll leave you to discover that one. On the downside, everything takes place in the initial location, so the heist never gets beyond the planning stage.

On the whole, I couldn’t quite get a handle on Wuthering Heist. The first episode of each Inside No.9 can always be a bit hit and miss, but in this case, it was far too self-referential. I know that’s intentional, but it just doesn’t work.

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.

There’s also Inside No. 9: Collector’s Edition: The Scripts: Series 1-3 in Hardcover.

After broadcast, each episode will be on the BBC iPlayer.

Check out reviews of more Inside No.9 episodes.

Also available to buy:

Inside No.9 Series 6 – Official Trailer – BBC

Episode Score: 2/10

Directors: Cal McCrystal, Guillem Morales
Producer: Adam Tandy
Writers: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Music: Christian Henson

Arlo, a Fool: Kevin Bishop
Columbina, a Maid: Gemma Whelan
Pantalone, a Rogue: Paterson Joseph
Hortensia, his daughter: Rosa Robson
Scaramouche, a soldier: Reece Shearsmith
The Doctor: Steve Pemberton
Mario, his son: Dino Kelly