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Number of the Beast 

Wycliffe and his team are called to Bodmin Moor where a resurgence in corpses suggests that the so-called 'Beast of Bodmin Moor', a black panther which escaped from a zoo, and has a ... See full summary »


W.J. Burley (based on characters created by) (as W. J. Burley), Jonathan Rich (by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Kenneth Colley ... Sam Peploe
Brian Miller Brian Miller ... Harry Venning
Robert Vahey Robert Vahey ... Tony Goodden
Jack Shepherd ... Det. Supt. Wycliffe
Jimmy Yuill ... DI Kersey
Adam Barker Adam Barker ... DC Potter
Helen Masters ... DI Lane
Aaron Harris Aaron Harris ... DS Dixon
Tim Wylton ... Franks
Neil McCaul ... Tom Rees
Bernard Latham Bernard Latham ... Edward Tregeddick
Buffy Davis Buffy Davis ... Cathy Cotterill
Tenniel Evans ... Rev. Charles Stafford
Robert Perkins Robert Perkins ... Davie Trelan


Wycliffe and his team are called to Bodmin Moor where a resurgence in corpses suggests that the so-called 'Beast of Bodmin Moor', a black panther which escaped from a zoo, and has a reputation for mauling livestock to death, has been active in slaying locals. Wycliffe, however, takes the view that the so-called beast is a convenient cover for a murderer with genuine motives and his theory is put to the test when Doug Kersey ventures onto the moor on his own and fails to come back. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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16 June 1996 (UK) See more »

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Efficient TV episode with a take on modern myths
12 December 2009 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

The most famous " beast " in the UK is unquestionably the fabled Loch Ness Monster but the so called "Beast of Bodmin Moor" surfaces from time to time in the press and on TV -;he/she/it is alleged to be a large cat like creature spotted on the Moor from time to time and preying on livestock .(For the record ,I am a sceptic with regard to both alleged creatures but that is bye the bye) The "beast " forms background to this episode in the Cornish set police drama.When a schoolteacher is found dead on Bodmin Moor with his throat torn out some are keen to blame it on the Beast ,especially a publicity seeking "Beast hunter" ,and the national and local press are quick to stir up interest in "beast sightings" .Soon there is another victim -the local priest (Teniel Evans) who is discovered in a pool of blood with "666 " daubed on the walls .The police ,especially Wycliffe (Jack Shepperd) believe it to be some human agent ,with a grudge ,and using a vicious attack dog as a weapon .Wycliffe's right hand man Kersey (Jimmy Yuill )finds time amidst the carnage for an amorous dalliance with the landlady of the pub where he is is staying during the investigation but soon finds himself in a kidnap situation as the episode reaches its n climax . Making good use of Cornwall's beauty and with fine performances by Teniel Evans and Kenneth Collley this is a workmanlike 60 minutes are so of UK police drama ,in a series which never quite attained the popularity it merited

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