Inside No. 9 scripts to be published


Thursday 2nd July 2020, 2:44pm

  • The scripts for Inside No. 9 are to be published in a series of books
  • The first three series will be out 12th November, in paperback, eBook, and in hardback Collector’s Edition
  • Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are “delighted” and “thrilled” their work is being published

The scripts for Inside No. 9, BBC Two‘s comedy anthology series written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, are to be released in a series of books.

The first three series are being released this year, with Series 4 to 6 set to be published in 2021, by newly-launched publishing imprint Hodder Studio.

So far, five series of the multi award-winning show have been broadcast, with Series 6 expected to air early in 2021. As previously reported, a seventh series has already been ordered too, and is expected to be broadcast in 2022.

Inside No. 9: The Scripts – Series 1-3 will be published in paperback on November 12th 2020, alongside a special, signed Collector’s Edition box set.

A special behind-the-scenes book entitled Inside Inside No. 9 will also be published next year.

Inside No. 9 script books.

Steve Pemberton comments: “I’ve always been a keen collector of script books from writers I admire, and take huge inspiration from seeing the words of the shows and films I love set out on the page. I’m delighted that Hodder Studio are publishing our efforts on Inside No. 9 and look forward to families up and down the country re-enacting games of sardines, silent burglaries and 17th Century witch trials this Christmas.”

Reece Shearsmith adds: “I am thrilled that the scripts for Inside No. 9 are finally being made available. Hodder Studio have been fantastic in creating beautiful designs for both the paperback and the gorgeous collectors editions. For a fan like me, they are of course a ‘must have’ but these inventive, surprisingly told self contained stories deserve a place on your book shelf anyway. (But I would say that wouldn’t I!).”

Publisher Myfanwy Moore comments: “Inside No. 9 is a beautifully written series, and we are thrilled to publish these wonderful scripts. Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are two of the most inventive television writers of their generation, and this shows them at the height of their powers. The scripts show their astonishing talent and breadth in writing; some are comic, some heart breaking, all are fiendishly original and inventive.”

All three versions of Inside No. 9: The Scripts are now available to pre-order. The details are below.

Lockdown regulations permitting, Series 6 of Inside No. 9 will begin filming shortly.


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Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith - Inside No. 9 - The Scripts: Series 1-3

Take a further peek behind the door marked ‘number 9’ as the scripts from Series 1-3 are collected here for the first time. An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, read how each 30-minute self-contained story with new characters and new settings, sprang to life from the page.

Each series is prefaced by a foreword from the show creators, giving readers and fans behind-the-scenes insight to this creative phenomenon. It is a beautifully written series, some stories comic, some tragic, all highly original and inventive. As well as Steve and Reece, it has featured guest appearances from a plethora well-known actors including Jack Whitehall, Peter Kay, Sheridan Smith, Gemma Arterton, Keeley Hawes, Alison Steadman, Conleth Hill and David Morrissey.

Relive the show’s every enjoyable moment down to the stage directions with Inside No. 9 – The Scripts: Series 1-3.

First published: Thursday 12th November 2020

Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith - Inside No. 9 - The Scripts: Series 1-3 Collector's Edition

Re-enter the darkly comic world behind the door marked ‘number 9’ in this limited, collector’s edition of Inside No. 9 – The Scripts: Series 1-3.

Containing three beautifully designed cloth-effect hardback books, this edition is an essential purchase for diehard fans of the show, designed in close collaboration with series creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. The writers have signed the first book in each slipcase, and all three books feature unique endpapers inside the cover for a stunning visual continuation of their richly imagined universe. Newly-written forewords introducing each series showcase behind-the-scenes content for readers and fans.

Relive your favourite moments from the show by immersing yourself in the script and stage directions, beautifully curated in this unmissable special box set.

First published: Thursday 12th November 2020



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