I Was a Rat

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I Was a Rat
Also known as 'Cinderella and Me'
Genre Children's
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 network BBC One
Original release 9 – 23 December 2001 (2001-12-23)

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.[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]


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.[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.

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  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. 

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