Inside No. 9 (2014– )
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Tempting Fate 

Three council contractors have to clear out the flat of a dead hoarder. But when they discover a bloodstained floor, their lives will never be the same again.


Jim O'Hanlon




Episode credited cast:
Ruben Cryer Ruben Cryer ... Charlie
Weruche Opia ... Maz
Jeremy Paxman ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Pemberton ... Keith
Nigel Planer ... Frank
Reece Shearsmith ... Nick


Council workers Maz, Keith and Nick are clearing out the flat of recently deceased Frank Meggins, an elderly loner. A video tape shows Frank hang himself as a result of a supposedly cursed artefact from India. Nick believes the curse to be true, in line with Frank's unexplained wishes for wealth, which came true. Maz's effort to capitalize on this does her no good, leading to a confrontation between her colleagues and a revelation. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Horror


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6 February 2018 (UK) See more »

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The hare statuette featured in this episode can actually be seen in each episode of the series. See more »


References Good Morning Britain (1983) See more »

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Beware the Green eyed monster
25 February 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

It's been another very strong, original, and entertaining series of inside No.9, and gladly the trend of closing with a darker, more macabre tail continues, Tempting Fate is definitely one of the show's highlights, it was intelligent, witty, dark and downright great. Series four has had some great episodes, but I was glad to see the writing take a darker turn, the episode focused on one of man's greatest failings, greed. It showed brilliantly the lengths someone will go to in pursuit of money, no matter how noble or selfless the cause. I love the eighties references, an era both were clearly influenced by, a great time indeed. Two excellent performances from Shearsmith and Pemberton, well supported by Nigel Planer and Weruche Opia. Once Removed has been the season favourite for me, but Tempting Fate is right up there. 9/10

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