DVD: The Beast - Series 1

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If this is to be Patrick Swayze's swansong, he'llbe remembered kindly.The actor, ailing withpancreatic cancer,does well as the kind ofbuck-the-authorities FBI agent that has becomesomething of an uglyand unlikely cliché in US dramas. But at least hereit is done with somepanache. While the plotsaren't always believable,and many characters arelittle more than ciphers,the action is strangely gripping, and you'll care who's set up who, even ifa few of the actors don'tseem to.

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