Sardines (Inside No. 9)
“Sardines” is the first episode of British dark comedy anthology series Inside No. 9. Written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, it premiered on BBC Two and BBC Two HD on 5 February 2014. In the episode, a group of adults play sardines at an engagement party. The story takes place entirely in the bedroom of a country house.
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“Sardines” is the first episode of British dark comedy anthology series Inside No. 9. Written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, it premiered on BBC Two and BBC Two HD on 5 February 2014. In the episode, a group of adults play sardines at an engagement party. The story takes place entirely in the bedroom of a country house, with much of the filming taking place inside the wardrobe. The episode starred Katherine Parkinson, Tim Key, Luke Pasqualino, Ophelia Lovibond, Anne Reid, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Anna Chancellor, Marc Wootton, Ben Willbond and Timothy West. The cast and writing were praised by television critics, and the episode was chosen as pick of the day in a number of publications. On its first showing, it was watched by 1. 1 million viewers, which was 5. 6% of the audience. The writers were inspired by a large wardrobe in their workspace. The format of the series also pays homage to Tales of the Unexpected, The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, with the writers wanting to evoke a feeling of claustrophobia in viewers. They were keen to explore other stories in this bottle episode or TV play format, and inside No. 9 allowed them to do this. At the same time, the concept was a reaction to Psychoville, with Shearssmith saying that they thought it would be nice to do six different stories with a complete new house of people each week.
The idea of putting characters into a wardrobe gave them the opportunity to develop the theme to a more extreme level of sardine-like confinement, and was not about the game being played, but about the story itself. The show has more characters than any other episode of the first series, and these characters were written before any other episodes of the show were filmed. In addition to the writers, the episode also features Timothy West, who had previously starred in Tales of The Unexpected, and had a great nod to the series due to this prior appearance in the episode. The series has a total of six episodes, with each episode featuring a different group of actors. The final episode of Inside No 9 will be screened on Monday, February 14. The first episode will be shown on BBC One at 9pm. For more information on Inside No. 9, visit insideno.9.co.uk or go to the official Inside No 9 websites on the BBC channel and the official website for the series and the BBC TV channel on the B&B channel and on the BSI channel on the BBC iPlayer. For the full list of episodes, visit the official Inside Network and BBC TV channel as well as the BBC Online channel for more information on this series and the BBC TV channel.
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