Inside No. 9 (2014– )
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The Understudy 

An acting understudy eventually assumes center stage, but at a price.

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David Kerr
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Rosie Cavaliero ... Kirstie
Steve Pemberton ... Tony
Reece Shearsmith ... Jim
Roger Sloman ... Bill
Di Botcher ... Jean
Lyndsey Marshal ... Laura
Julia Davis ... Felicity
Richard Cordery ... Nick
Bruce Mackinnon ... Malcolm (voice)
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Macduff (voice)
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Storyline

Shy Jim is the understudy to arrogant actor Tony Warner, whose Macbeth is a West End success. Jim, supported by girlfriend - and fellow understudy Laura - would love the chance to take the part himself and when Warner has an accident, apparently caused by being drunk, on stage, Jim gets his opportunity, becoming a star. Nineteen months later Jim, now a name actor, gets a visit from the wheelchair-bound Tony Warner. He also has another visitor, a devoted admirer who, unbeknown to him, went to great lengths to give him his taste of fame. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2014 (UK) See more »

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BBC Comedy See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Cracking episode.
12 October 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Misdirection is the key to the success of this episode, as you watch it you're convinced you know what's going to happen, and exactly just who's behind the chain of unfortunate events, but as always with this show, the writing is so incredibly good that the person responsible is the one you've taken your eye off.

The story is brilliant, the production values and direction are great, but it's the performances that stand out most of all. Pemberton and Shearsmith are brilliant, as are Lyndsay, Rosie and Julia, all the characters are terrific.

I really enjoyed this one. 8/10


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