Inside No. 9 (2014– )
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La Couchette 

A group of passengers on a train from France try to get some sleep, but the compartment quickly fills up and the possibility of sleep dwindles away. Then one of the passengers suddenly dies.


Guillem Morales




Episode cast overview:
Reece Shearsmith ... Maxwell
Steve Pemberton ... Jorg
Julie Hesmondhalgh ... Kath
Mark Benton ... Les
Jessica Gunning ... Shona
Jack Whitehall ... Hugo
George Glaves George Glaves ... Yves


A night train crosses France with mixed group of passengers in couchette number nine. Loutish drunk Jorg noisily annoys uptight professor Maxwell before bickering marrieds Kath and Les Cook arrive, to be joined by sweaty Australian back-packer Shona with free-loading lay Hugo in tow. As they are about to have sex a body tumbles from the top bunk but, for various reasons, some passengers are reluctant to immediately report the death. When the train arrives at its stop the motive of one of them becomes clear. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama | Horror


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English | French | German

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26 March 2015 (UK) See more »

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References Runaway Train (1985) See more »

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It's not Murder on the Orient express.....
15 October 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Maxwell is on a night train travelling through France, his journey becomes unbearable as passengers start joining the carriage making incredible amounts of noise. The journey is worsened when one of the sleepers falls out of the bed, dead.

A wealth of talent, Mark Benton, Julie Hesmondhalgh and the wonderfully talented Jessica Gunning. Shearsmith and Pemberton show their German capabilities.

Having travelled on a sleeper I can appreciate the realism, literally any noise someone makes is amplified. I'm reminded by the wardrobe episode from that first series and this is similar in format, a confined space, a set of irritating characters, but this goes one better and has a murder.

Cleverly written. It's a mix of frustrating and funny, it's a solid opener. 7/10

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