Inside No. 9 : Once, Removed

Season 4 has so far given us two real treats and I feel that it’ll keep on delivering with episode number 3.

It was a story told backwards and I loved it every bit as much as I loved the first two episodes. Skipping back 10 minutes at a time we slowly learn the truth over the crime that a unsuspecting removal man walks in on.

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting at all from the moment the episode started to its end, I think it was the penultimate skip back, or I think it was the penultimate one, when we finally meet Natasha, played by Emilia Fox, and she talks to her father about moving to Portugal with Charles that I kind of twigged on to what was happening, even then when in the final skip back we learn how this whole thing began I still felt every bit as shocked and sad for May (Monica Dolan) to find out the truth of the whole situation.

Again its hard to really talk about Inside No. 9 without wanting to talk about all the twists and turns and I really feel like talking too much about this episode will give away the brilliant story that unfolds before your eyes. Every 10 minute flashback is unique in its own way and you slowly meet and learn a whole deal about every character introduced. I especially loved Monica Dolan as poor May and David Calder as Percy.

May was the biggest question all the way through. Shown firstly not to actually belong where she was, seen later in the episode but earlier in the story snooping around and the final twist actually being all about her was a rollercoaster of a ride and personally I felt just as sorry for her at the end as I did at the beginning. I’m pretty sure you are meant to, I mean what was to happen to her was horrible and I really don’t feel sorry for Natasha that she met the fate she had stored for May, but I actually cheered loudly when I realised how this whole story ended the way it did.

I’m not sure if I liked it as much as Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room, but for me I think that episode will be hard to beat, it was though a thoroughly gripping piece of drama. Slowly unraveling the mystery was fun and the 10 minute flash backs were perfectly placed in the story. It had a little bit of everything in it.

I honestly think that series 4 is turning into my absolute favourite.


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