1 9 8 8 (UK)
3 x 50 minute episodes
Charles Dance starred in this BBC television adaptation of Maureen Duffy’s darkly disturbing novel, Gorsaga.
Dance played Edward Forester, a geneticist who mixed his own sperm with cells from a female gorilla to create an infant man-ape, Gor(don).
The child grew into a fine and human-looking son who, when told the facts of his cross-species birth, demanded to see his mother – a gorilla named Mary, who beat him to death in a violent rage.
To pile on the horrors (and the dire warnings about the dangers of playing God) Forester’s incestuous daughter Nell gave birth to Gor’s child, who was plainly a hybrid.
Peter Wiggins (child)
Beth Pearce (child)
Marc de Jonge