I'd just like to show some appreciation for Inside No.9 (DVD out now) - a unique anthology series that finished on BBC2 just last week. Written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville) and directed by David Kerr (Fresh Meat, That Mitchell and Webb Look), each episode of the series inhabited its own world, with deliciously dark, devilishly funny stories unfolding each week often - but not always - with a twist that left you thinking about the programme long after its 30 minute run time was up. (I think the episode that played on my mind the most was Tom & Gerry.)
I was lucky enough to attend a preview screening of part of the series back in December with Shearsmith, Pemberton, Kerr and producer Adam Tandy in attendance and available to answer questions after stand-out episodes A Quiet Night In and The Harrowing had been shown. You can view the Q&A session online here thanks to the BFI.
Other than the fantastic writing and character acting, something else I've appreciated about Inside No.9 is the series of specially commissioned posters that accompanied each episode of the series - how many TV series can boast such a collection? My favourite has to be the one for The Harrowing, created by Graham Humphreys who also created the famous Evil Dead poster. I've placed all the Inside No.9 promo posters below for your viewing pleasure (if you can identify the individual artists, please leave a comment and let me know). Roll on Series Two! MISCHIEF!
I know this post may seem a little out of place on this blog, but ultimately Lily in the Labyrinth is an outlet for my creative inspirations and there are few bigger than Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson - collectively known as the League of Gentlemen. Together and individually, their output has been a big influence on my creative writing over the past 14 years; I appreciate their tendency towards dark, awkward comedy and willingness to push their audience. Also, you can't beat a good bit of British, character acting!