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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.
- Mark Lawson
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The Restaurant Man
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
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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