BBC viewers have applauded Inside No.9, after the pitch black comedy returned for a live Halloween episode.
As the live special from the League Of Gentlemen creators aired on BBC Two last night, viewers initially feared the worst after it appeared to be facing sound issues. Things got even worse with the appearance of a BBC test cards which announced that a pre-recorded episode would be airing instead.
But in typically twisted fashion, it transpired that the technical mix-up was all part of the show – which went on to feature a series of grisly ghosts, murders and a rather unlikely appearance from The One Show.
— Matthew Dando (@MattDando1983) October 28, 2018
Oh man, my heart goes out to the guys at Inside No.9, it must be heartbreaking to build up and work up to a live episode then have it ruined by technical problems!
— (Seasonally Appropriate) Special Interests! (@ForWantOfAWit) October 28, 2018
FFS was really looking forward to Inside no.9 live! Technical problems 5 mins in and so it cancelled!
— Karl Murch (@Karlos_Albertos) October 28, 2018
After initial complaints about the technical difficulties, the episode soon won over fans.
“Utterly blown away by #InsideNo9LIVE – a Ghostwatch for this generation. Genuinely fooling & scary, brilliantly written, directed & acted. I am in awe. Incredible”, wrote TV star Andy Nyman.
Another said: ‘That is how you do a live TV episode for the twitter generation, Bravo.”
Utterly blown away by #InsideNo9LIVE – a Ghostwatch for this generation. Genuinely fooling & scary, brilliantly written, directed & acted. I am in awe. Incredible.
— Andy Nyman (@andynyman) October 28, 2018
— Kris Myerscough (@KrisMyerscough) October 28, 2018
Wow. #InsideNo9Live – an instant classic of a TV event.
— boydhilton (@boydhilton) October 28, 2018
Well, tonight’s Inside No 9 is one of the most original things I’ve seen in a long time. Very clever stuff #InsideNo9LIVE
— Huw Hopkins (@HuwAHopkins) October 28, 2018
So, on #InsideNo9LIVE the sound 'went' NINE minutes in and was 'replaced' by a rerun that works as a silent movie. @ReeceShearsmith and Steve Pemberton are such evil geniuses they should be living in a hollowed-out volcano.
— Clare Worley (@clareworley) October 28, 2018
It also seemingly transpired that the episode didn’t follow a reported plot which was supposed to follow Arthur Flitwick (Pemberton) as he finds an old mobile phone in his local graveyard.