AMC has this original five-part revenge thriller The Beast Must Die debuting sometime this spring 2021. It’s a revenge thriller which tells the story of a grieving mother who infiltrates the life of the man she believes killed her son.

The thriller is the first drama to shoot specifically for BritBox UK. It therefore will also be available on that streaming channel sometime in 2021.

This is not The Beast Must Die from 1974 which starred Peter Cushing! It’s actually based on the novel by Nicholas Blake, the pen name of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis CBE!

The Beast Must Die - Peter Cushing
The Beast Must Die -Dr Christopher Lundgren (Peter Cushing ©1974 Amicus Productions

Director & Screenwriter

Dome Karukoski directed the series from a screenwriter by Gaby Chiappe.

Gaby explains, “What captured me when I read the novel was the combination of a thriller pulse and complex, nuanced characters”.

Dome reveals that, “Gaby tricked me. I never anticipated to get so engaged with this evocative vendetta. Suddenly The Beast Must Die became an obsession for me”.

He goes on to say, “I find the story intriguing as to whether the beast is the person we want to take revenge upon or if the beast is within us – one who wants to replace grief with hate”.

The production team used the UK 2020 national lockdown to refine the scripts and narrative. Then the series was filmed, safely, for eleven weeks around the UK’s Isle of Wight.

The Beast Must Die Cast & Producers

The cast of the five episodes include:-

  • Bafta, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Jared Harris (Chernobyl, The Crown, Mad Men)
  • Cush Jumbo OBE (The Good Wife, The Good Fight)
  • Billy Howle (MotherFatherSon, On Chesil Beach)
  • and Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Outcast)

Executive Producers are:-

  • Ed Rubin and Emma Broughton for New Regency
  • Marina Brackenbury and David Zucker for Scott Free
  • plus Nathaniel Parker and Gaby Chiapp

This min-series is produced by New Regency Television and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films.