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Beasts (ITV 1976 with Martin Shaw and Simon MacCorkindale)

An anthology series of supernatural themed dramas from the pen of the creator of Quatermass. Beasts has a terrific reputation despite the fact that it has been barely seen since its original transmission. As usual with Nigel Kneale the productions had a big impact of viewers at home with scenes that have lived long in the memory.

UK / ITV Network – ATV / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Saturday 16 October – Saturday 20 November 1976 / All episodes broadcast at 9.30pm except episode one which went out at 9.00pm

Writer: Nigel Kneale / Music: Derek Bourgeois / Producer: Nicholas Palmer

The plays were:- 1.SPECIAL OFFER, 2. DURING BARTY’S PARTY 3.BUDDY BOY, 4.BABY, 5. WHAT BIG EYES, 6. THE DUMMY

The casts included the likes of Pauline Quirke, John Ryhs-Davies, Martin Shaw, Jane Wymark, Simon MacCorkindale, T P McKenna, Patrick Magee, Madge Ryan, Michael Kitchen, Simon Oates, Bernard Horsfall, Clive Swift and Glyn Houston.