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Am I Not Monstrous? 

As the investigation into Linklater's death continues, Reid and the team deal with the murder of a woman whose recently delivered baby has been stolen, which leads them to a former foe.


Tom Shankland


Richard Warlow (creator), Richard Warlow

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
Jerome Flynn ... Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake
Adam Rothenberg ... Cpt. Homer Jackson
MyAnna Buring ... Long Susan
Joseph Mawle ... Det. Insp. Jedediah Shine
Clive Russell ... Ch. Insp. Fred Abberline
David Wilmot ... Sgt. Donald Artherton
Anton Lesser ... Dr. Karl Crabbe
David Dawson ... Fred Best
Damien Molony ... Det. Con. Albert Flight
Gillian Saker ... Bella Drake
Frank Harper ... Silas Duggan
Nicholas Woodeson ... Dr. William Corcoran
Tom Brooke ... John Goode
Elva Trill ... Stella


After attending Linklater's funeral Reid and Drake investigate the murder of a young woman and the abduction of her new-born baby from the London hospital. The fact that the woman has a tail leads them to a circus freak show where another exhibit, John Goode, proves to be the child's father but he panics and flees. Goode spent time in a mental asylum treated by Dr Crabbe, who explains that Goode had a deformity and points them towards Goode's doctor father, a man obsessed with perfection and anxious to stamp out any abnormalities. Also instrumental in helping solve the case is Joseph Merrick, the 'Elephant Man' but he is done away with before he can help Reid solve Linklater's murder and identify Blush Pang's accomplice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

4 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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The episode title "Am I Not Monstrous?" is spoken by Joseph Merrick (Joseph Drake). "Am I not monstrous? It is the truth of my every waking moment. And yet, despite all, I feel joy." See more »


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Joseph Merrick: [Speaking to John Goode] John, look at me. Do it. Do it! Am I not monstrous? It is the truth of my every waking moment, and yet, despite all, I feel joy. No, I do. I do!
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Excellent episode of a brilliant show
21 April 2016 | by src2911See all my reviews

How to describe it without giving a single thing away?

Brilliant that's how. I am loving this series at this episode has set a high watermark for the entire show. Watching it I run pretty much the full gamut of emotion and if there is consider watching the show but is still not sure let me just say that is the episode does not convince you of the quality than perhaps nothing will. IMDb needs to raise the scale above 10 to truly reflect how good it truly is.

The performance of the cast, which is always well above par in my opinion was raised for this one was taken to a new level. Highest praise must go out to the actor playing Joseph Merrick (Joseph Drake) deserves special praise, especially for one scene in particular which I will say nothing about but lets just say when you see it you will know exactly where I am coming from.

11 out of 10 any day

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