I Was a Rat (TV series)

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I Was a Rat
Also known as Cinderella and Me
Genre Drama
Written by Richard Carpenter
Philip Pullman
Directed by Laurie Lynd
Starring Calum Worthy
Brenda Fricker
Tom Conti
Ned Beatty
Stephen Ouimette
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3
Producer(s) Andy Rowley
Running time 55 minutes
Original channel BBC1
Original run 17 December 2001 – 20 December 2001

I Was a Rat is a UK children's drama series broadcast on BBC One in autumn 2001 based on the popular children's book I Was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers by Philip Pullman.[1] It was aired in the Sunday tea-time slot which traditionally accommodates a children's drama series in the run-up to Christmas. The series was produced by Andy Rowley and starred Calum Worthy in the leading role, alongside Tom Conti and Brenda Fricker. It was adapted by Richard Carpenter, who won a BAFTA award for the work.[2]


Based on the book by Philip Pullman it is set in the early 1920s, telling the tale of a young boy with a mysterious past who claims to be a rat.[3] He is taken in off the streets by elderly couple Bob (Conti) and Joan (Fricker) who name him Roger and it soon becomes obvious that he is no ordinary child.


Character Actor
Roger/Ratty Calum Worthy
Joan Jones Brenda Fricker
Bob Jones Tom Conti
Mudduck Ned Beatty
Wheedle Stephen Ouimette
Lady Aurelia Ashington/ Mary Jane Potts Katie Blake
Prince Richard James Millard
Julian Karl Pruner
Charlie Richard Graham
Sergeant Piggles Denis Lill
Oliver Tapscrew Don McKellar[4]


  1. ^ Anne, Heidi (28 March 2011). "SurLaLune Fairy Tales Blog: I Was a Rat". Surlalunefairytales.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Explore the Awards". Bafta.org. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "I was a Rat by Philip Pullman: book review". Readingmatters.co.uk. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "I was a Rat - review". Headliners. Retrieved 30 June 2013.