Inside No. 9 (2014– )
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The Devil of Christmas 

A director talks about his old horror film. It's Austria, Krampusnacht, December 1977. The Devonshires arrive at the alpine chalet for a holiday. The caretaker, Klaus, tells them about a local legend of Krampus, the Devil of Christmas.


Graeme Harper




Episode credited cast:
Reece Shearsmith ... Klaus
Rula Lenska ... Celia
Jessica Raine ... Kathy
Steve Pemberton ... Julian
George Bedford George Bedford ... Toby
Derek Jacobi ... Dennis Fulcher (voice)
Cavan Clerkin ... Interviewer (voice)
Naz Osmanoglu ... Young Dennis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Wilson Chris Wilson ... Stage Hand


A film director screens a drama he made in 1977 in which actors play Julian Devonshire, his little son Toby, pregnant second wife Kathy and his mother Celia who are spending Christmas at a ski lodge in Austria. Local guide Klaus tells them the legend of the Krampus, a malevolent demon who punishes bad children and rewards the good and soon it looks as if the demon is stalking the family. Celia takes Toby to safety, leading Kathy to make a confession to Julian about her pregnancy. Something terrible follows. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 December 2016 (UK) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Filmed using equipment from the 70s. Evident from the light trails from candle light from the camera panning across and resolution. See more »


References Snuff (1975) See more »

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The Devil of Christmas
28 December 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The macabre Christmas Special from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith take us back to the Christmas Ghost stories of 1970s television drama. Veteran television director Graeme Harper was specially brought in as the production used the type of cameras from that era.

A British family has come to an Austrian chalet for a Christmas skiing holiday. Julian (Steve Pemberton) his mother Celia (Rula Lenska) son Toby and pregnant second wife Kathy (Jessica Raine.) They are met by Klaus (Reece Shearsmith) the old caretaker who tells them of the tale of the Krampus whose creepy picture is on the chalet wall and how he takes naughty children away.

We see footage being rewound and we hear commentary from the director Dennis (Derek Jacobi) who tells us how this episode had to be shot in one day, some of the bad acting, the actress playing Celia had bad eyesight who kept missing her marks and how one actor had to leave by 6:00 pm as he had to do a voice-over. Dennis himself said he only did the job because he lost out on doing an episode of Worzel Gummidge.

The story goes on as how Krampus might be coming for Toby or is it Kathy's unborn child? is Klaus all he seems to be? Why has Kathy thrown some of Julian's pills away?

The Inside No 9 team create a nice pastiche of those quickly shot video dramas of the 1970s. Just watch out for that extra scene being shot, it took Kathy by surprise and the commentary was not for a DVD extra.

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