List of Mongrels episodes

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Mongrels, formerly known under the working titles of We Are Mongrels and The Un-Natural World, is a British puppet-based situation comedy series first broadcast on BBC Three between 22 June and 10 August 2010,[1][2] with a making-of documentary entitled "Mongrels Uncovered" broadcast on 11 August 2010.[3][4] The series revolves around the lives of five anthropomorphic animals who hang around the back of a pub in the Isle of Dogs, London. The characters are Nelson, a metrosexual fox (voiced by Rufus Jones, performed by Andy Heath); Destiny, an Afghan hound (voiced by Lucy Montgomery, performed by Richard Coombs); Marion, a "borderline-retarded" cat (voiced by Dan Tetsell, performed by Warrick Brownlow-Pike); Kali, a grudge-bearing pigeon (voiced by Katy Brand, performed by Iestyn Evans); and Vince, a sociopathic foul-mouthed fox (voiced by Paul Kaye, performed by various puppeteers).[5][6]

Mongrels originally began as an unbroadcast pilot when it was known as We Are Mongrels. Differences between the pilot and the series included a different voice actor and puppet to portray Marion (Ray Panthaki), Destiny and Kali are also portrayed by different puppets, Vince doesn't swear constantly and the appearance of a sixth character, Debbie the suicidal chicken, who was eventually dropped from the show. Following from this pilot a full series was commissioned.[7] The first series consisted of eight episodes and the making-of special. A second series was also commissioned.[8][9] On 18 January 2012 it was announced via Twitter that Mongrels had not been renewed for a third series by the BBC due to Zai Bennett.[10] The series was created and directed by Adam Miller. The producer for the series is Stephen McCrum.[6]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Original broadcast DVD and Blu-ray release
Series premiere Series finale
Pilot 1 (unaired) Unaired Unaired 16 August 2010[11]
Series 1 8 (+ 1 Documentary) 22 June 2010 11 August 2010 16 August 2010[11]
Series 2 8 (+ 1 Highlights Special) 7 November 2011 19 December 2011 10 October 2012 (DVD) TBA (Blu-ray)

Episode list[edit]

Pilot[edit]

# Title Celebrity guest(s) Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 (0) "We Are Mongrels"[7]
"Pilot"
Chico Slimani
Abi Titmuss
Alex Zane
Adam Miller Daniel Peak
Jon Brown
N/A[fn 1]

Series 1 (2010)[edit]

# Title Celebrity guest(s) Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 (1) "Nelson the Online Predator"[1][2] Toby Anstis Adam Miller Daniel Peak
Jon Brown
22 June 2010
2 (2) "Destiny the Reluctant Sniffer Dog"[12][13] Christopher Biggins
Gemma Bissix
Stuart Manning
Paul Ross
Adam Miller Jon Brown 29 June 2010
3 (3) "Marion the Young Lover"[14][15] Terry Nutkins
Chris Packham
Adam Miller Jon Brown 6 July 2010
4 (4) "Nelson the Stroke Virgin"[16][17] Clive Anderson
Jeff Brazier
Adam Miller Jon Brown 13 July 2010
5 (5) "Kali the Genetic Engineer"[18][19] Scott Mills Adam Miller Jon Brown 20 July 2010
6 (6) "Destiny the Infection Risk"[20][21] Christopher Hughes Adam Miller Daniel Peak 27 July 2010
7 (7) "Marion the Superfluous Feed Character"[22][23] Vicki Butler-Henderson Adam Miller Jon Brown 3 August 2010
8 (8) "Nelson the Naughty Arsonist"[24][25] Eamonn Holmes Adam Miller Daniel Peak 10 August 2010
9 (9) "Mongrels Uncovered"[3][4] N/A Samantha Peters N/A 11 August 2010

Series 2 (2011)[edit]

# Title Celebrity guest(s) Directed by Written by Original airdate
10 (1) "Marion and the Force-Field" None Adam Miller Jon Brown 7 November 2011
11 (2) "Kali and the Rickshaw Inferno" Ainsley Harriott
Richard O'Brien
Russell Tovey
Adam Miller Jon Brown 7 November 2011
12 (3) "Destiny and the V.E.T.S" Zoë Ball (as Zoe Ball)
Danny Dyer
Adam Miller Jon Brown 14 November 2011
13 (4) "Nelson and the C***'s Speech" None Adam Miller Jon Brown
Dan Tetsell
21 November 2011
14 (5) "Marion and the Myocardial Infarction" Scott Mills
Natasha Hamilton
Adam Miller Daniel Peak 5 December 2011
15 (6) "Kali and the Psychological Warfare" Anthea Turner
Vanessa Feltz
Adam Miller Daniel Peak 12 December 2011
16 (7) "Nelson and the AMAZING Nuts" Christian Jessen Adam Miller Jon Brown 28 November 2011[fn 2]
17 (8) "Vince And The Helpful Horse" Lembit Öpik Adam Miller Jon Brown
Daniel Peak
19 December 2011
18 (9) "Miquita and the Obligatory Clips Show"
"Highlights Special"
Miquita Oliver
Will Mellor
Adam Miller N/A 19 December 2011
Clip show

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This episode has yet to be broadcast, but was released as an extra on the Series One DVD.[7]
  2. ^ Following the death of Gary Speed the previous day, episode 7 was hastily broadcast in place of episode 5 as it contained a reference to suicide by hanging, as did episode 6. BBC iPlayer and Sky onscreen information retained the correct and intended episode order.

References[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.1: Nelson the Online Predator". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Mongrels: Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.9: Mongrels Uncovered". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Mongrels Uncovered". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mongrels". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Mongrels – Production Details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ a b c Wolf, Ian. "Pilot: We Are Mongrels". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Brown, Aaron; Wolf, Ian (25 August 2010). "Mongrels given second series". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mongrels to return". Chortle. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Brown, Aaron (18 January 2012). "BBC axes puppet sitcom Mongrels". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Wolf, Ian. "'Mongrels' Merchandise". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.2: Destiny the Reluctant Sniffer Dog". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mongrels: Episode 2". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  14. ^ Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.3: Marion the Young Lover". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Mongrels: Episode 3". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  16. ^ Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.4: Nelson the Stroke Virgin". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mongrels: Episode 4". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  18. ^ Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.5: Kali the Genetic Engineer". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  19. ^ "Mongrels: Episode 5". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  20. ^ Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.6: Destiny the Infection Risk". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "Mongrels: Episode 6". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  22. ^ Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.7: Marion the Superfluous Feed Character". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "Mongrels: Episode 7". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  24. ^ Wolf, Ian. "Episode 1.8: Nelson the Naughty Arsonist". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  25. ^ "Mongrels: Episode 8". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2010.