Beasts (TV series)

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GenreHorror Anthology
Created byNigel Kneale
StarringAnthony Bate
Martin Shaw
Pauline Quirke
Michael Kitchen
Patrick Magee
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)Nicholas Palmer
Running timec. 50 minutes
Original networkITV
Original release16 October –

20 November 1976

Beasts is a 1976 British television series. Written by Nigel Kneale, it is an anthology of six self-contained episodes that feature the recurring theme of bestial horror. The series was made by ATV for the ITV Network.



# 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 foul 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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