A young couple move to the countryside and discover a strange mummified animal in the wall of their cottage. The wife increasingly feels that she and her unborn child are in danger.

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Jane Wymark ...
Jo Gilkes
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Dick Pummery
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Arthur Grace
Norman Jones ...
Stan Biddick
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A young couple move to the countryside and discover a strange mummified animal in the wall of their cottage. The wife increasingly feels that she and her unborn child are in danger.

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6 November 1976 (UK)  »

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9 March 2007 | by (North East England) – See all my reviews

Despite a dubious performance from Simon MacCorkindale and some low-budget effects work at the climax, this works beautifully.

The plot in outline: a long-dead creature unearthed from a tomb in a wall exerts a malign influence on the household of a young vet and his pregnant wife. The idea contains echoes of the third Quatermass story, which helped establish Nigel Kneale as a uniquely original and imaginative writer.

In the best tradition of ghost stories, the atmosphere of this episode is all created by suggestion, helped by some excellent sound effects and a generally good cast. Shelagh Fraser is particularly effective as the wife of the "sitting" vet, her bluff but insensitive manner cleverly increasing the tension. The idea is intriguing at the start and the pace is fairly slow, with the suspense and fear developed beautifully to the climax. Part of the BEASTS TV series from 1976, the episode defies description - you really should see it!


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