Chimera (miniseries)

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Written by Stephen Gallagher
Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Starring John Lynch
Christine Kavanagh
Kenneth Cranham
Theme music composer "Cursum Pericio" by Enya
Composer(s) Nigel Hess
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Brenda Reid
Archie Tait
Producer(s) Nick Gillott
Cinematography Ken Westbury
Editor(s) Alan Pattillo
Running time 60 minutes (TV version)
104 minutes (Movie version)
Production company(s) Zenith Entertainment
Anglia Television
Original network ITV
Original release 7 July (1991-07-07) – 28 July 1991 (1991-07-28) (UK)
14 June 1992 (1992-06-14) (US)

Chimera is a British horror/science-fiction television miniseries made by Anglia Television for ITV in 1991. It is based on the 1982 novel of the same name about genetic engineering by Stephen Gallagher. The theme music was "Cursum Perficio" by Enya.

The series was later re-edited for release in the United States, and retitled Monkey Boy.


The story focuses upon Chad, a young half-boy, half-chimp, developed by scientists as part of a top secret government operation. However, Chad becomes aggressive, strong and uncontrollable, with the inability to communicate on a human level, escaping from the lab, brutally killing several nurses and scientists in the process. The hunt is on to find and capture Chad before the public encounters this strange and dangerous creation. During Chad's escape, he wrestles with his natural child tendencies after befriending some local children and trying to control his wild primal inner instincts.



The film originally aired in its native Britain on ITV in July 1991. In the United States, it aired on A&E Television Networks.[1]

A heavily edited version of the series was released on VHS, with the title Monkey Boy, by Prism Entertainment.[2]

The complete series was released on DVD in the United Kingdom by Revelation Films Ltd in July 2010.[3]


  1. ^ "Company Credits for Chimera". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  2. ^ "Alternate Versions for Chimera". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Chimera". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 

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