Beasts: Season 1, Episode 1

Special Offer (16 Oct. 1976)

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A misfit teenage checkout operator has an unrequited crush on her supermarket manager. At the same shop's cuddly cartoon mascot seems to have come alive and is causing havoc.

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Noreen Beale
Geoffrey Bateman ...
Mr. Grimley
Wensley Pithey ...
Mr. Liversedge
Ruth Goring ...
June King
Shirley Cheriton ...
Linda
Herbert Norville ...
Mickey
Madoline Thomas ...
Mrs. Ogden
Ysanne Churchman ...
Joyce
Lynda La Plante ...
Young Woman (as Lynda Marchal)
Jean Hardwicke ...
Customer
Jane Williams ...
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A misfit teenage checkout operator has an unrequited crush on her supermarket manager. At the same shop's cuddly cartoon mascot seems to have come alive and is causing havoc.

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BEASTS – Episode 4: SPECIAL OFFER (TV) (Richard Bramall, 1976) ***
22 October 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is a good entry in the series, marking perhaps the most enjoyable episode thus far – though ending on a tragic note and being somewhat repetitive in the long run. It involves a poltergeist at a supermarket, whose 'source' is narrowed down to the sexual frustration of a young, frumpy cashier with an inferiority complex!

The special effects are very well done for a TV show: incidentally, the phenomenon is mostly treated in a light vein (at first, it's taken to be a stray animal and, with the supermarket itself having a squirrel for its mascot, is even referred to by that brand-name!). Even so, coming the same year as CARRIE, the implications of it all are undeniably chilling – considering also that it increases in fury with each subsequent manifestation.

As ever, the performances – especially those of the neurotic protagonist and the object of her unrequited affection, the patronizing albeit long-suffering manager (shamelessly involved with an attractive colleague and later seen flirting with a prospective mature employee) who actually hates her guts and constantly tries to have the girl sacked – lend much-needed persuasion to the unfolding supernatural events.


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