If you're a fan of macabre comedy and are anxiously awaiting the third series of Inside No.9, then prepare yourself for good news. Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s deliciously dark anthology series will be returning in 2018 for another batch of standalone stories. 

Speaking to The Radio Times, co-creator Reece Shearsmith was delighted to announce the early renewal. 

"It’s time for the neighbours at No 7 and No 11 to get worried again. We are delighted at the prospect of a fourth series and venturing into six more properties with a ‘9’ on the door. We do hope you will be there to join us, kicking and screaming to be let out.”

Following their deeply undervalued mystery series Psychoville, Pemberton and Shearsmith struck creative gold with their inventive, Tales of the Unexpected style anthology. The duo even made their shared directorial debuts with two episodes from the previous series. While they don't helm any installments from the forthcoming series, they are open to directing future episodes.

The third series kicked off late last year with a sinfully enjoyable festive installment The Devil of Christmas. One part hilarious homage to cut price 70s TV production, one part waking nightmare that leaves you feeling deeply unsettled. In short, I loved every second of it and can't wait for the remaining five episodes. On that note, the BBC has yet to announce when the rest of series three will be broadcast, but it's believed to be sometime in the next month.

Joining Pemberton and Shearmith in series three are Tamzin Outhwaite, Fiona Shaw, Philip Glenister, Morgana Robinson, Alexandra Roach, Jason Watkins and Keeley Hawes. Now that Sherlock is on a break, perhaps Pemberton and Shearsmith can coax their League of Gentlemen co-star Mark Gatiss to make an appearance in the fourth series.