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  • BEAST MAN

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A massive one-eyed monster lurking in the Amazon...a freakish desert creature spraying acid and delivering electric shocks...an ape-like creature walking upright in the Indonesian jungle!  You won't find them under your bed.  These are the monsters of persistent myth and legend, and may just be based on real creatures.  If they are out there, someone needs to find them.

Meet Beast Man Pat Spain. A young wildlife scientist working in an ultra-advanced biotech facility.  He is also an explorer willing to go to extremes to separate fact from fiction.

From the Brazilian Amazon to the Gobi Desert, Pat Spain, begins each mission with adventure in his veins and a tradition of investigating monsters in his DNA.  He treks to some of the most remote places on the planet and immerses himself among the people and cultures.  To earn the respect of the locals and gain their assistance, Spain takes part in respected village customs, including extreme initiation rituals. Meeting with eyewitnesses, supposed victims, local experts and fellow scientists, Spain begins gathering information he needs to help decipher what's real.  Then, cameras are strategically placed, hoping to capture the ultimate revelation: evidence of an undiscovered species...

 

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Beast Man: African Swamp Monster
    Ever since some of the first explorers returned from Africa, there have been stories told of strange water-dwelling monsters living in the forests of the Congo Basin. Pygmy tribes of the area speak of an animal roughly the size of an elephant possessing a long thin neck. They call it Mokele-mbembe. Literally meaning 'the one who stops the flow of rivers', the beast is said to resemble a sauropod dinosaur. Biologist Pat Spain travels deep into the inhospitable Cameroon jungle to investigate if there is a logical, scientific explanation to these outlandish stories. Or could there really be a population of undiscovered dinosaurs living in the jungles of Africa, or some other creatures unknown to science?
  • Beast Man: Amazon Nightmare
    Pat Spain travels to the Brazilian Amazon on the trail of one of its most compelling creatures of myth-the Mapinguari. It is described as a massive one-eyed beast, with a gaping mouth in its stomach, fierce claws, savage howl and a horrific stench. Through eyewitnesses, scientists and anthropologists he learns that the Mapinguari is a melting pot for many things- ancient myths, mistaken identity and spiritual beliefs. But only when he travels to a remote forest tribe does he find what may be the key to unlock the truth behind the beast of the Amazon.
  • Beast Man: Ape Man of Sumatra
    In the vast jungles of mystical Sumatra, locals have reported seeing a creature that looks something like an ape, yet it walks just like us. They've named it Orang Pendek - the 'little man' of the forest. A recent scientific discovery proposes that another species of humans - nicknamed 'hobbits' - did once live in Indonesia. So could there be a new great ape waiting to be discovered? Or is it possible we're not the only human species living on earth? Biologist and beast hunter Pat Spain investigates.
  • Beast Man: Mongolian Death Worm
    Deep in one of the most inhospitable regions of the planet, the Gobi Desert, there is said to live a creature, a freakish desert dwelling "super" monster which has the ability to spray acid, send out electric shocks and the capability of exploding itself when threatened. The nomads who share its sandy domain live in fear of its deadly powers. But could such a creature really exist, going undiscovered in this vast wilderness? Biologist and monster hunter Pat Spain heads off to investigate the truth behind the deadly Mongolian Death Worm.
  • Beast Man: Sea Monster
    For over a century a sea serpent known as Caddy has been reported off the coast of British Columbia. Biologist Pat Spain travels to Vancouver Island to investigate these astonishing sightings. He questions eyewitnesses, explores First Nations myths and cross-examines top oceanographers in search of the best evidence we have. Drawing in everything from deep sea fishing to marine anatomy, his search takes him to one of the most remote and least understood places on the planet: the bottom of the ocean.
  • Beast Man: Attack of The Teens
    Attack of the Teens: Financial troubles mount at the park whilst Kevin juggles the daily challenges of keeping his lions and hyenas happy and a trip to Botswana helps conserve wild lions.
  • Beast Man: Living with Big Cats
    The intimate story of the relationship between two filmmaker-explorers and a leopard they find when she is 8 days old. With the most sensitive methods they follow her as she matures, first in the company of her mother, then hunting on her own. Their resulting film, Eye of the Leopard, is the story of her coming of age. Now, Living With Big Cats tells us of the relationship that develops between the filmmakers and this leopard. Passionately told, it is a story of internal conflict, of testing boundaries, and of seduction the seduction of Dereck and Beverly Joubert our human characters, by Legadema the leopard.
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