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.
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: 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
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