‘Inside No. 9’ star Reece Shearsmith’s favourite TV anthology episodes

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Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s anthology series Inside No. 9 returned to BBC Two earlier this year for a thrilling second season.

Guest starring the likes of Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs) and Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), David Warner (Wallander), Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) and Jane Horrocks (Trollied), Season 2’s stories ranged from a sleeping-car on a French train to a Séance in a grand Victorian villa, and from a 17th century village witch trial to a volunteer call centre.

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To celebrate the release of Season 2 on DVD (out now), CultBox asked Reece Shearsmith to select some of his favourite ever TV anthology episodes…


Tales of the Unexpected: ‘William and Mary’

Written by Roald Dahl and Ronald Harwood.

Originally aired on 7 April 1979.

A widow seeks revenge on her strict husband when she discovers that his brain has been kept alive.


The Twilight Zone: ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’

Written by Richard Matheson.

Originally aired on 11 October 1963.

Bob Wilson (William Shatner) thinks he sees a gremlin on the wing of the plane he’s travelling on.


Tales from the Darkside: ‘Sorry, Right Number’

Written by Stephen King.

Originally aired on 22 November 1987.

A woman receives a mysterious phone call shortly before her husband suffers a fatal heart attack. Five years later, she finally discovers the truth.


Alfred Hitchcock Presents: ‘Method Actor’

Adapted from Michael Kube-McDowell’s short story by Mark Durand.

Originally aired on 10 November 1985.

A famous actor (Martin Sheen) goes mad when he loses the role of his life to another actor.


What’s your favourite TV anthology episode? Let us know below…