Mongrels. Image shows from L to R: Destiny, Kali, Nelson, Marion. Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Mongrels

An adult puppet sitcom for BBC Three about a fox, a cat, a dog and a pigeon who hang out together in an inner-city yard

AKA:
We Are Mongrels (Working Title); The Un-Natural World (Working Title)
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2010 - 2011  (BBC Three)
Episodes:
19 (pilot + 2 series)
Starring:
Rufus Jones, Lucy Montgomery, Katy Brand, Dan Tetsell, Paul Kaye, Tony Way, Ruth Bratt, Felix Dexter
Writers:
Adam Miller, Jon Brown, Daniel Peak, Paul Doolan, Dan Tetsell, Danielle Ward, Henry White
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Mongrels is an puppet comedy featuring adult humour. It tells the tale of a group of urban animals who hang out together an inner-city backyard.

The sitcom follows the day-to-day lives, trials and tribulations of Nelson, a metrosexual fox; Destiny, a pretentious pedigree 'it-bitch'; Kali, a deeply cynical pigeon; Marion, an abandoned tom cat; and Vince, a streetwise geezer fox. They are kidults struggling with the everyday drama of life in the back-alleys of the urban jungle.

Mongrels is bold, mischievous, upbeat, surprising and colourful. It encompasses all human life, love and its contradictions - relationships, sex, aspirations, desperations and shattered dreams. The show also features cut-aways and flashbacks (a bit like Family Guy), musical songs and cameo appearances.

On the 18th of January 2012, it was announced that Mongrels would not return for a third series.

Our Review: It took us a little while to get into this sitcom as there's something a bit distracting about seeing the puppets talk - but we're glad we stuck with it as Mongrels is packed full of fun characters, neat gags, amusing plot ideas, toe tapping musical numbers and character-assassinating cameos.

Be warned: contrary to appearances, this isn't a comedy for kids - and perhaps not for some adults either! It's got some rude words in it, lots of death, some close-to-the-bone jokes and other such things that stop it from ever approaching PG territory. For example: the first episode starts with a cat giving mouth-to-mouth to a dead granny.

It's not all perfect, but we think overall this has enough laughs and lovable rogues in it to capture a big audience.