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Inside No 9: How Shearsmith and Pemberton have revived a lost genre

5 February 2014 8:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The anthology series – a collection of individual, unrelated episodes – gave birth to some famous hit shows before falling into disrepute among commissioners

The six-part comedy series Inside No 9 (tonight, 10pm, BBC2) is notable not only for its quality and provenance – it was created by former-League of Gentlemen members Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – but also because it is an example of a rare genre, the anthology or portmanteau TV show.

Each of the half-dozen comedies has a separate plot and location, linked only by at least one (and generally both) of Shearsmith and Pemberton being among the cast and every setting – whether a country house, bachelor flat, millionaire's apartment or theatre dressing room – having a number 9 on the door or wall.

Because the stories all have an element of suspense and often a surprise final twist, there is a strong sense of homage to Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected (ITV, »

- Mark Lawson

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TV highlights 05/02/2014

4 February 2014 11:50 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Restaurant Man | Royal Cousins At War | Extreme Beauty Queens: Secrets Of South America | Grimm | International Test Cricket: New Zealand vs India | Inside No 9 | Hunted | Sherlock: The First CSI

The Restaurant Man

8pm, BBC2

Russell Norman, the Restaurant Man, really is very cool. He's organic. Where others steam in with a meat cleaver, Russell dispenses wisdom like a waiter unhurriedly uncorking a vintage bottle of Dom Pérignon, all the while fixing you in the eyes with a look that says, "I know how to handle meat." Tonight, he dishes up advice to Dave and Debbie, who have invested all their moolah in a run-down Gloucestershire village inn they want to turn into a gastropub. Can Russell help with their staffing and serving issues? Ali Catterall

Royal Cousins At War

9pm, BBC2

When Europe went to war in 1914, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom had heads of state who were also cousins. »

- Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, Rachel Aroesti, John Robinson

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