TV Review: Inside No. 9 - To Have and To Hold
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Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have proven themselves, time and time again, to be masterful writers of dark comedy. But while all of their projects contain a certain ode to horror, this latest episode of Inside No. 9 might just be their darkest yet. After a jovial and unexpectedly light-hearted start to the fourth series of the anthology series, this week's episode, 'To Have and To Hold', is something of a shocker - slowly trailing towards a chilling twist and an even more startling conclusion. Careful, as always, to withhold the twists that lie in store and stagger the clues ahead, the duo open the episode with very little fuss. Where previous episodes have had more abstract, complex No. 9's, this week's '9' is (what certainly seems to be) an ordinary house, where a very ordinary couple reside. Adrian (Steve Pemberton) and Harriet (Nicola Walker) have been married for 20 years, but they are anything but happy in their humdrum co-existence together. While the mild-mannered Adrian absorbs himself with jigsaw puzzles and his work as a wedding photographer, Harriet yearns for more of his attention and affection.
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