Sheridan Smith and Jack Whitehall are among the stars who will cameo in the new series of dark comedy Inside No 9.

The BBC Two comedy series – written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – is returning for a second series of standalone stories about the peculiar goings-on at different houses with the same door number.

Sheridan Smith



Sheridan Smith is among the guest stars for the new series (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Steve and Reece said: “We are delighted to be handing over the keys to six new No 9s, we hope they will amuse, shock, horrify and surprise… but not necessarily in that order. Once again we have enjoyed working with some of the best comic talent in the country. Now we are getting old, it’s nice not to have to play all the parts.”

This time the stars of The League Of Gentlemen and Psychoville will be joined by another impressive list of guest actors, including Alison Steadman, Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner, Jane Horrocks and former Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh.

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Jane Horrocks will also appear (Richard Gray/EMPICS)

The dark comic tales will again give a variety of settings, from a sleeping car on a French train to a seance in a grand Victorian villa, and from a 17th century village to a volunteer call centre.

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton in Inside No 9 (BBC)



Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton in Inside No 9 (BBC)

Other actors taking part in the series include Sightseers’ Alice Lowe, Waterloo Road’s Mark Benton, Game Of Thrones star Paul Kaye and Wallander’s David Warner.

Steve and Reece will also making their joint directorial debut on two episodes in the new series, which returns to BBC Two later this year.