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Robin Askwith, Amanda Abbington, Asim Chaudhry, Mathew Horne and more join series 8 of Inside No.9

Alongside a first look image of Shearsmith and Pemberton with guest star Robin Askwith, the BBC has announced who else will be joining the series in a guest role when it returns this spring.

Following last year's Christmas special, The Bones of St Nicholas, Inside No.9 is returning to BBC Two this spring for its eighth series as Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton invite us back into their world of the extraordinary and macabre in five brand new episodes.

Joining Robin Askwith as guest cast for this new series are Amanda Abbington, Anita Dobson, Asim Chaudhry, Ayda Kiiza, Claire Rushbrook, Frances Barber, Leon Herbert, Mathew Horne, Menyee Lai, Moyo Akandé, Phil Daniels, Samantha Spiro and Sheila Reid.

It's been promised that these new episodes will stay true to the show’s popular anthology format, each delivering an original story and a cast of new characters that bring a mix of horror, thriller, drama, comedy and surprising twists.

Speaking ahead of the new series, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton said "We are thrilled to invite viewers inside a new set of funny and frightening number 9s; take your shoes off, make yourself at home and switch your devices to Do Not Disturb. Well it might work…"

To which Gregor Sharp, Commissioning Editor at the BBC added "Reece and Steve are masters of their craft and it’s a delight to see such a brilliant line up of guest stars joining them for another series of perfectly formed dark comedy masterpieces."

Produced by BBC Studios Comedy Productions, Inside No. 9 is written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton and produced by Kim Crowther. and executive produced by Adam Tandy and Josh Cole.

Inside No.9 returns this spring on BBC Two


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