The dark comedy returned to BBC One this week (Picture: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)
*Warning: This article contains spoilers for Inside No. 9*
The stars of Inside No. 9 have revealed that series six opener Wuthering Heist originally had a different ending which they didn’t have time to film.
The latest episode which aired on Monday night features a cross between a thriller heist and commedia dell’arte – a traditional form of masked theatre.
The meta, gag-filled episode sees Arlo, played by Kevin Bishop, walk away with diamonds worth £12million after a strange twist of events, but things nearly looked very different.
Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith spoke on BBC podcast Inside Inside No. 9 and revealed that time constraints meant the ending they originally planned wasn’t possible.
The surreal closing moments see Arlo’s echo-doppelganger appear and the pair walk away together, but originally the plan was to film a special version of the show’s credits.
‘We had five days to shoot this [episode],’ Steve said. ‘The last day was really stressful because we had all the blood work, all the shooting, the slitting of the throat, and time just ebbed away.
He added: ‘All these special effects take so long, and we knew we had the whole ending to do and we were getting down to the last hour. At one point, Adam [Tandy], our producer came up and said we were going to have to cut the Echo sequence, we’re not going to have time to shoot it, and we were just devastated at that, because what’s your ending otherwise? And it was such a lovely cherry on top.’
Steve went on to say: ‘But the other thing that we didn’t manage to do is that instead of our usual credits, we were going to take our bows and remove our masks, so that people would see the actor Kevin Bishop underneath and it would have been a really nice flourish at the end. It’s almost like “You Have Been Watching…” like they used to do.’
The new episode put a commedia dell’arte twist on the heist thriller (Picture: BBC)
‘That’s such a shame,’ co-creator Reece Shearsmith agreed. ‘That was what we wanted to do.’
The dark comedy anthology series is back for its sixth series, with the likes of Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar, Fleabag’s Sian Clifford and Sherlock’s Lindsay Duncan set to star.
As well as Kevin, the first episode also featured guests stars Paterson Joseph (Peep Show) and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones).
Inside No. 9 airs on Monday nights at 9.30pm on BBC One. Wuthering Heist is available to watch now on iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.