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AMC Networks has announced its acquisition of The Beast Must Die, which stars Jared Harris and Cush Jumbo.

The Beast Must Die
The Beast Must Die: Cush Jumbo as Frances, Jared Harris as George — Photo: Gareth Gatrell / AMC

The Beast Must Die is a revenge thriller based on the novel of the same name, which is Book 4 in the “Nigel Strangeways Mysteries” series by Nicholas Blake (pen name of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis CBE). It tells the story of a grieving mother who infiltrates the life of the man she believes killed her son.

Produced in partnership with BritBox UK, New Regency Television International, and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, the six-part series stars BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe and Emmy®-nominated Jared Harris (Chernobyl, The Crown, The Terror, Mad Men​), Cush Jumbo OBE (The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Deadwater Fell​), Billy Howle (​The Serpent, MotherFatherSon, On Chesil Beach​), Nathaniel Parker ​(The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Outcast, Vanity Fair), and Geraldine James (Downton Abbey, Back to Life, Anne with an E).

Said Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming for AMC Networks:

“This series will be something special for AMC and our AMC+ subscribers. It continues a legacy of very successful relationships with the brilliant Jared Harris and our friends at Scott Free, and forges new producing partnerships with BritBox and New Regency Television. The Beast Must Die honors the novel upon which it is based with a fantastic piece of television that cuts to the heart of grief, hate, revenge and allows us to ask questions about our own humanity in a remarkably engaging and suspenseful way.”

Added Ed Rubin, Head of New Regency Television International:

“We are beyond thrilled that The Beast Must Die is going to be shown on AMC, and couldn’t ask for a better television home in the US that stands for bold, quality drama. We hope audiences will be drawn into this emotional thriller and can’t wait for it to go out into the world.”

The series is directed by Dome Karukoski (​Tolkien, Tom of Finland​), produced by Sarada McDermott (Bridgerton, Official Secrets​), and adapted for the screen by screenwriter Gaby Chiappe (Shetland, Vera). The Executive Producers are Ed Rubin and Emma Broughton for New Regency, Marina Brackenbury and David W. Zucker for Scott Free, Nathaniel Parker, and Gaby Chiappe.

The Beast Must Die will premiere this spring on linear TV channel AMC and SVOD streaming service AMC+ (dates tba).

Stay tuned for updates.

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The Beast Must Die: AMC Picks Up Jared Harris-Cush Jumbo Revenge Thriller Series
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