Inside No. 9 (2014– )
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A family team-building game of sardines (similar to hide and seek) in a rural country mansion leads to a dark and sinister discovery.


David Kerr

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Episode complete credited cast:
Katherine Parkinson ... Rebecca
Tim Key ... Ian
Luke Pasqualino ... Lee
Steve Pemberton ... Carl
Reece Shearsmith ... Stu
Ophelia Lovibond ... Rachel
Anne Reid ... Geraldine
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Mark
Anna Chancellor ... Elizabeth
Marc Wootton ... John
Ben Willbond ... Jeremy
Timothy West ... Andrew


Rebecca and Jeremy are having their engagement party at Rebecca's father Andrew's large country house where, as children, Rebecca and her brother Carl played sardines, hiding in a huge wardrobe. The company revive the game with Rebecca finding Jeremy's nerdy work colleague Ian, the first one in the cupboard. They are joined by the uptight Carl and his saucy boyfriend Stu, Jeremy's ex-girlfriend Rachel with toy boy Lee, and ex-nanny Geraldine, who mistakenly believes she is a guest, and not a hired hand. Married guests Mark and Elizabeth go for sex on the bed before being surprised and beckoned into the wardrobe. Everybody is reluctant to admit 'stinky' John for obvious reasons. Andrew then joins the group and Geraldine reminds him of a shameful family secret from years ago when he was alleged to have wronged a young boy. There is only one sardine left to enter the wardrobe. Is there perhaps a link with this incident the family hoped was forgotten? Written by don @ minifie-1

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5 February 2014 (UK) See more »

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From the Creators of BBC Dark Comedy "The League of Gentlemen" See more »


References The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988) See more »

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It's a decent start.
10 October 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Sardines was the debut episode, and possibly my least favourite episode of Inside no.9, indeed I foolishly didn't watch the series after this until Series 3. If I'm totally honest I just didn't find this particularly funny, or hugely original, having re-watched it just now, my appreciation has grown for it, the subtleties of the writing are there, it just takes some time to open up, and get moving. Some fun moments, the balance of dark and humour is perhaps out of proportion, but the laughs do come, mainly from Anne Reid and Katherine Parkinson.

If I were suggesting Inside no.9 to someone that hadn't seen it, this would be the last episode I'd suggest, this one is for big fans of the show only. 6/10

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