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Followers on social media have reacted with delight after Inside No 9 got here full circle to ship a star-studded remaining episode.

The BBC anthology sequence is being dropped at an finish after 9 seasons by creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

In a press release asserting the ultimate season, Pemberton stated: “We really feel it’s a good time to pause Inside No. 9 after we end filming season 9 subsequent 12 months. We’re not saying it’s over for good… however we gained’t be trying to make any extra episodes in the meanwhile.”

Previous to Wednesday evening’s episode, rumours had abounded that the present could be a two-hander starring simply Pemberton and Shearsmith.

That was quickly proved incorrect as a number of visitor stars from earlier episodes all turned up, enjoying fictionalised variations of themselves.

They included former Coronation Avenue star Anne Reid, The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson, Ted Lasso’s Nick Mohammed, and Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington.

‘Inside No 9’ creators Steve Pemberton (left) and Reece Shearsmith

‘Inside No 9’ creators Steve Pemberton (left) and Reece Shearsmith (PA)

The callback-filled episode, titled “Plodding On” was partly set in a rest room cubicle, a reference to the very first episode “Sardines” which was set inside a wardrobe.

On X/Twitter, longtime followers praised the finale for its many references to the present’s historical past.

One wrote: “Love how they’ve introduced again so many stars for the ultimate #InsideNo9”

Whereas one other added: “all of the episode references are making me so emotional it’s actually coming full circle”

One other wrote: “Can’t imagine how many individuals have come again for the finale! Stunning!”

One fan predicted: “the sequence will get plenty of hits on iPlayer after this”.

And one summed up the general mood by writing: “That was the right approach to finish a sequence. I’m gonna miss that magnificent present. #InsideNo9 is kind of merely the most effective.”

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The sequence has lengthy been identified for wrong-footing viewers. In 2018, the sequence aired a terrifying dwell Halloween episode that at the beginning gave the impression to be the sufferer of technical difficulties.

Final 12 months Inside No 9 pulled off one other spectacular stunt that tricked many viewers watching dwell. These tuning in had been advised by the announcer that there had been a change to the schedules and, as an alternative of Inside No 9, a Lee Mack-presented quiz present would air as a substitute.

Viewers then watched on as Mack hosted 3 By 3, a seemingly regular quiz present that includes 9 contestants. Nonetheless, when the quiz present took a terrifying flip of occasions in its closing moments, the Inside No 9 credit rolled, and viewers who may need not clocked the prank realised they’d been tricked as soon as once more by Pemberton and Shearsmith.

To mark the ultimate episode, The Unbiased’s Michael Hogan hailed Inside No 9 as “essentially the most creative, ingenious programme on our screens.”

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