Beasts (TV series)

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Format Horror
Created by Nigel Kneale
Starring Anthony Bate
Martin Shaw
Pauline Quirke
Michael Kitchen
Patrick Magee
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) Nicholas Palmer
Running time c. 50 minutes
Original channel ITV
Original run 16 October 1976 –
20 November 1976

Beasts is a series of six television plays by Manx writer Nigel Kneale, unconnected but for a bestial horror theme, made by ATV for ITV in the United Kingdom and broadcast in 1976.


# Title Original air date
1 "Special Offer" 16 October 1976 (1976-10-16)
Pauline Quirke stars as a shop assistant whose unrequited love for her manager prompts a paranormal revenge.
2 "During Barty's Party" 23 October 1976 (1976-10-23)
Starring Anthony Bate, a middle-class couple's life becomes overturned by rats.
3 "Buddyboy" 30 October 1976 (1976-10-30)
Featuring Martin Shaw and a disused aquarium haunted by the spirit of a dolphin.
4 "Baby" 6 November 1976 (1976-11-06)
Starring Simon MacCorkindale as a newlywed whose wife's pregnancy falls afoul of ancient witchcraft.
5 "What Big Eyes" 13 November 1976 (1976-11-13)
Features Michael Kitchen as an RSPCA inspector investigating a man (Patrick Magee) who is trying to turn himself into a wolf.
6 "The Dummy" 20 November 1976 (1976-11-20)
Shows the psychological effect on an actor (Bernard Horsfall) who regularly plays a monster in horror films.

DVD Release[edit]

The series was released on DVD by Network DVD in 2006. This set also included a similarly themed TV play called Murrain that Kneale had written for ITV's Against the Crowd series in 1975.

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