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Beasts: The Dummy (1976)

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Title Card
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Country of Origin: UK
Date of Original Broadcast: 19 November 1976
Series Number: 1
Episode Number: 5
Running Time: 50m
Format: video tape
Colour Format: colour
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Sound: mono
Language: English
Series: Beasts (1976)

INTRODUCTION

A British horror television episode written by Nigel Kneale and directed by Don Leaver.

PLOT SUMMARY

Actor Clyde Boyd has played monster the Dummy in six previous films and is about to shoot his seventh. But after years of alcohol abuse, Boyd is close to a nervous breakdown and when he dons the Dummy suit again, there's something very different about him - and someone, or something, is killing members of the cast and crew.













DIRECTION

Director: Don Leaver

CREW

PRODUCTION
© ATV Network Limited MCMLXXVI [1976]
ATV
Produced by: Nicholas Palmer


SCRIPT
[Written] By: Nigel Kneale


PHOTOGRAPHY
Lighting: Alistair Morrison
Cameras: Roy Simper


EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
VTR Editor: Peter Charles
Vision Mixer: Mary Forrest
Vision: Jim Reeves


SOUND
Sound: Len Penfold


COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Wardrobe: James Dark
Make-up: Dianne Joyce


DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Designed by: Richard Lake


OTHER CREW
Floor Manager: Bill Goodall
Production Assistant: Susan Foreman

CAST

Bernard Horsfall (Clyde Boyd)
Clive Swift (Bunny)
Glyn Houston (Sid)
Thorley Walters (Sir Ramsey)
Lillias Walker (Joan Eastgate)
Patricia Haines (Sheila Boyd)
Simon Oates (Peter Wager)
Ian Jacob Thompson (Mike Hickey)
Ruby Head (tea lady)
Michael Sheard (Sergeant)
George Malpas (Vic)
Frank Coda (first assistant)
Jackie Cooper (grave robber)
James Giles (sound mixer)
Dave Carter (dresser)
Norman Hartley (boom swinger)
Barbara Hyslop (continuity girl)
Harry Meacher (constable)

AVAILABILITY

UK
Television Broadcasters: ITV (1976)
DVD Distributors: Network (7852477 - 2006)

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

UK
Rating: 15 [DVD release]

TIMELINE

1976
November
19: UK - broadcast in ATV ITV area

PERIODICALS

Scream Factory, The no.17 p.109 (USA)
review


TV Times 16-22 October 1976 pp.2-3, 43 (UK)
illustrated articles


TV Times 20-26 November 1976 p.43 (UK)
credits

BOOKS

Complete Directory to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Television Series, The p.105
credits

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits