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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rabies | tv mini series | animal | See All (3) »







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16 July 1983 (UK)  »

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Not Great, But Occasionally Effective
4 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having heard so much about it online, The Mad Death ultimately turned out to be a disappointment when I finally obtained it on DVD. The main highlights turned out to be its opening sequence and an eerie synthesizer score.

The main problem with the miniseries is that it is not particularly well written. Many of the characters are too dumb to care about, picking up animals that are clearly rabid even to an untrained eye, and not bothering to have animal bites checked out by a doctor. Furthermore, the film has a certain element of predictability about it, with many of the plot developments telegraphed in advance.

Moreover, there is a disturbing lack of violent animal attacks in the film. If one purchases a film called The Mad Death about a rabies epidemic, the least one would expect would be a good, violent mauling every fifteen minutes or so. Most of the violence here is directed toward the animals, mainly gunshots to the head.

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