The Mad Death (1983)

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Britain is gripped by the "mad death", an outbreak of rabies, after an afflicted pet cat is illegally smuggled into the country.

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Series cast summary:
Richard Heffer ...
 Michael Hilliard (3 episodes, 1983)
 Anne Maitland (3 episodes, 1983)
Richard Morant ...
 Johnny Dalry (3 episodes, 1983)
Brenda Bruce ...
 Miss Stonecroft (3 episodes, 1983)
James Logan ...
 Bill Stanton (3 episodes, 1983)
 Bob Nicol (3 episodes, 1983)
Debbi Blythe ...
 Jane Stoddard (2 episodes, 1983)
Bob Docherty ...
 Gamekeeper (2 episodes, 1983)
Jack McKenzie ...
 Fergus (2 episodes, 1983)
Marianne Lawrence ...
 Bibi (2 episodes, 1983)


Britain is gripped by the "mad death", an outbreak of rabies, after an afflicted pet cat is illegally smuggled into the country.

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Top-class drama at its very best. A credit to the Beeb.
4 September 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Oh yes! I remember being hooked to the screen when this mini series first aired on BBC TV. I would have been around 30 at the time, living in England, and I know the thought of rabies horrified me, as it did most British people, because we had been a "rabies free" zone for so long. This was the first time I ever really saw the symptoms and progression of the disease, and it gave me some bad dreams, too.

I never saw a repeat of the series while I remained in Britain, but I thought it certainly deserved one. Going on memory, the acting was more than competent, and from the beginning - when the infected cat was smuggled into Britain on a private yacht - I was absolutely riveted.

This was an excellent series - I'd certainly buy it if it became available on DVD.


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