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Well worth it just for "Baby" and "Murrain",
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This review is from: Beasts - The Complete Series [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a series of six plays by the Manx writer Nigel Kneale, who is perhaps best known as the author of Quatermass and The Pit. The plays are unconnected with each other but share the same thematic content, much of which can be traced to Kneale's Manx heritage and his appreciation of the uncanny. They were filmed by ATV and broadcast on ITV in 1976. The six constituent episodes are as follows:
1. "Special Offer", in which a young Pauline Quirke plays a checkout girl at the heart of poltergeist activity in a supermarket.
2. "During Barty's Party", in which the world becomes overrun by rats.
3. "Buddyboy", where a derelict aquarium is haunted by the spirit of an abused dolphin.
4. "Baby", the best of the bunch, which chillingly tells of how a young wife's pregnancy is compromised by ancient witchcraft.
5. "What Big Eyes", in which an RSPCA inspector investigates a pet shop owner with ambitions to become a werewolf.
6. "The Dummy", the worst of the bunch, where an alcoholic actor in a monster costume self-identifies too much with the role and descends into a violent madness.
The DVD contains a bonus feature, Murrain. Although this was not part of the Beasts series it was produced in a similar vein. Together with the Baby episode these two plays are the making of the DVD. Like Children of the Stones, they are a first-rate example of 1970's TV witchcraft at work.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2012 09:25:38 BDT
M. J. Fenn says:
Could anyone tell me is this series really only 102 mins long? Seems. that would make each play only about 15 mins long?!
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2012 13:39:46 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
That must be a misprint. These were all one-hour episodes as I recall.
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