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4.0 out of 5 stars Completely ahine!, 12 Mar 2012
This review is from: Beasts - The Complete Series [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
Like nearly all Nigel Kneale productions, this series is essential viewing. That's not so much because it's perfect in its execution (it would be pushing things to say that it was), but rather because you are likely to sit there open-mouthed thinking "I can't believe they put this on television!?" And no, I don't mean that in the sense of "I can't believe they let something this bad on television" - it's more that it's just so damn ODD in places, yet everyone on screen is taking it all so immensely seriously... it's toying with madness right before your eyes.

For example, one story has Doyle out of The Professionals playing the owner of a p0rn cinema, trying to buy new premesis off some Arthur Daley character who is terrified by one of his ex-employees, namely a young lady who is possessed by the ghost of a dead dolphin. (No, really).
Now ask yourself, would such a storyline ever be broadcast on television today?! I doubt it. But in 1975 it was up there on ITV, with ad-breaks in the middle for Curly Wurlies and Readybrek. I defy anyone to watch something like this and not feel slightly 'altered' by it. It's a surrealist slap in the chops, TV to prod your mind and defamiliarise the mundane around you. Cos that girl on the bus or on the Tescos cheese counter *could* be possessed by the ghost of a dead dolphin, you know... Maybe...
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