I Was a Rat

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I Was a Rat
Also known as'Cinderella and Me'
Written byRichard Carpenter
Philip Pullman
Directed byLaurie Lynd
StarringCalum Worthy
Brenda Fricker
Tom Conti
Ned Beatty
Stephen Ouimette
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3
Producer(s)Andy Rowley
Running time55 minutes
Original networkBBC One
Original release9 – 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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