A teacher witnesses one of his students mentally attack another. The boy claims that his brother didn't like what the student did to him. He also learns that he drew a sketch when he ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Craig Miller
Jill Collins
Barnaby Shaw ...
Roderick Shaw ...
Bart Brereton
June Jago ...
Emily Blake
Mrs. Latham
Jerold Wells ...
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Joe Blake
Noel Davis ...
Charles Phillips
Hazel Hughes ...
Mrs. Biddle
Albert Cole
Elsie Cole
The Vicar


A teacher witnesses one of his students mentally attack another. The boy claims that his brother didn't like what the student did to him. He also learns that he drew a sketch when he supposedly couldn't. He learns from his parents who adopted him that he has a twin brother. So the teacher and another go see the brother and learn from his mother that he draws. They discover him playing the piano when his mother claims he can't. They learn that he is not the brother that the student claims who made him attack the other. The teacher later finds himself experiencing his worst fear. They later find where they were born and discover another brother who plays the piano. They learn that their biological parents were subjected to experiments by the Nazis. They discover that the fourth brother is inherently evil. The boys then all come together. The teacher tries to save them. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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21 November 1968 (USA)  »

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Beware 'The Whelp'!
13 March 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Teacher Craig Miller is surprised when his pupil Rodney Blake makes an unusually good sketch. The boy had previously displayed no artistic ability whatever.

When Blake is attacked in class, he stares at his attacker in an unnerving manner - the terrified boy crashes through a window.

Miller and another teacher, Jill Collins, explore Blake's background. His parents came from Australia, and adopted Rodney when they moved to England.

Rodney is one of identical quins, each living with different families, each blessed with a remarkable talent, such as the ability to draw, or play the piano. A psychic link connects the boys - when one feels anger, they all do. Rather more worryingly, they are equipped with terrifying mental powers - they can make people believe they are seeing what is not really there.

Steven, one of the boys, lives in the wilds like an animal, and terrorises the local community. He is thoroughly evil, and appears to be controlling his brothers...

Unusually, this episode was adapted not from a short story, but a novel

  • and a rather good one - by Leslie P.Davies. Watching it now its hard
not to be reminded of 'Village Of The Damned' or 'The Omen' - although that latter movie was a good six years in the future when this was made. Rather than turning out to be sons of Satan, the boys are the product of Nazi genetic experiments. Roderick and Barnaby Shaw play the quins ( with a little help from nifty camera trickery ).

Michael Tolan is the teacher 'Craig Miller'. He was no stranger to sci-fi, having appeared in the 'Outer Limits' classic 'The Zanti Misfits'. Nanette Newman, very pretty but alas the worst actress of all time, is 'Jill Collins' - her performance seems to be a dry run for the one she gave in 'The Stepford Wives'. Good old Michael Ripper, a Hammer regular, plays ( what else? ) a publican.

Directed by James Hill, responsible for 'Born Free' and one of the best episodes of 'The Avengers' - 'A Touch Of Brimstone'.

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