I Was a Rat
|I Was a Rat|
|Also known as||'Cinderella and Me'|
|Written by||Richard Carpenter
|Directed by||Laurie Lynd|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||3|
|Running time||55 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||9 – 23 December 2001|
I Was a Rat is a British-Canadian children's drama television series broadcast on BBC One from 9 to 23 December 2001, based on the popular children's novel I Was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers by Philip Pullman. 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.
The series is set in the early 1920s, telling the tale of a young boy with a mysterious past who claims to be a rat. 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.
Cast and characters
- Calum Worthy as Roger/Ratty
- Brenda Fricker as Joan Jones
- Tom Conti as Bob Jones
- Ned Beatty as Mudduck
- Stephen Ouimette as Wheedle
- Katie Blake as Lady Aurelia Ashington/Mary Jane Potts
- James Millard as Prince Richard
- Karl Pruner as Julian
- Richard Graham as Charlie
- Denis Lill as Sergeant Piggles
- Don McKellar as Oliver Tapscrew
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