Alexander Armstrong A “Beast”?

Not quite. Beast was the name of the BBC sitcom based in a vet’s surgery that starred Alexander Armstrong.  Beast ran for twelve episodes, two series of six, between 2000 and 2001.

Written by Simon Nye of ‘Men Behaving Badly’ fame the idea behind the title is that the practice owner does not like being a vet and has a strong dislike of animals.


Nick is fortunate enough to have inherited a successful rural vet’s practice from his Father. The problem is that he isn’t especially fond of animals.  In fact, he’s come to detest and fear them… with a particular loathing reserved for guinea pigs.

However, Nick’s career has its compensations – notably the opportunity to encourage concerned clients to part with large sums of money, and to meet well-heeled, good-looking women, for whom he’s convinced his bedside manner is enormously attractive.

Strangely, though, Nick remains single – as does practice manager Kirsten, his most honest critic and confidante…





Alexander Armstrong – Nick, practice owner
Doon Mackichan – Kirsten, the scatty receptionist
Emma Pierson – Jade, veterinary assistant
Steven Alvey – Andrew, vet
Sylvestra Le Touzel, Briony, vet


Channel: BBC1
Created And Written By:Simon Nye
Original Transmission Dates: 13th January 2000 – 10th February 2001

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