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The history of the anthology TV series is a long one, stretching all the way from the 1950s to the modern day. Effectively the televisual equivalent of the short story, the anthology has fallen in and out of fashion over the years, but at its heart lies a purist’s take on the power of storytelling.

Join author and podcaster Carl Sweeney for a look at two seminal anthology series from the world of US television - Alfred Hitchcock Presents (later renamed The Alfred Hitchcock Hour) and Rod Sterling’s mind-bending sci-fi series The Twilight Zone. Alongside in-depth discussion of both series and their impact on the world of television, audiences can enjoy a screening of one classic episode from each series – the Roald Dahl penned Lamb To The Slaughter for the former, and the William Shatner-starring classic Nightmare At 20,000 Feet for the latter.

Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.