Beasts

Season 1 Episode 4

Baby

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Aired Unknown Nov 06, 1976 on ITV
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  • A vet and his pregnant wife move to the country and ,at once,their cat runs into the surrounding fields in fear.Whilst repair work continues in the house,a jar is found in a wall cavity housing a small mummified animal.The woman feels a sense of dread...moreless

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    I've come across this story only recently on the dvd release but, after viewing, it seemed to ring a bell somewhere.

    This is the first story in Nigel Kneale's 'Beasts' anthology series which featured horror/suspense stories with remarkably varied animal themes.

    'Baby' is a very clever piece of television and the ending ,though obviously set on a low budget, is at first bewildering but when you think for a while you begin to unravel what takes place and you find yourself thinking about the story later in the day.

    I imagine that in the mid 70's this would have been very scary television indeed and today it is still very powerful.

    I found the end, on the one hand, very creepy but ,on the other hand, rather endearing from a certain angle..I would explain more but I'd give it all away!

    'Beasts' was a great show and this episode is very powerful and thought-provoking.

    At the end of the episode the credits roll ,but with no music, and after the sudden finale it has a very eerie effect on the viewer.

    There's a feeling of doom throughout the story ,with it's intimations of witches and animal miscarriages ,but it's hard to realise exactly where you're being taken until it's too late and you're already there.

    It's a very, very powerful episode and the build-up in suspense is startlingly effective and the finale is a piece of rare television genius.moreless

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