The latest episode of the sci-fi sitcom is a treat for fans of the original series, as well as dealing with what appears to be a major development in Series XI - the increasing prominence of The Cat (Danny John-Jules) as a major character.Ian Wolf, On The Box, 29th September 2016
Samsara simultaneously harks back to classic Red Dwarf while trying something new, resulting in some outstanding comedy moments...Pete Dillon-Trenchard, Den Of Geek, 23rd September 2016
As a script editor I have looked at the state of modern comedy, made some notes, sat twiddling my thumbs, changed a few words because otherwise it'll look like I've not done any work and, finally, come to the conclusion that script editors are a plague upon the earth and need to be done away with.Dan Tetsell, 25th October 2012
Dan Tetsell is a "broadly average" (his words) writer and comedian who has written for and appeared on television, radio, and stage productions of... lots of stuff.The Humourdor, 16th July 2011
There are a lot of great things about being an actor.Dan Tetsell, BBC Comedy, 19th July 2010
Puppets, it would seem, can get away with pretty much anything. Under normal circumstances all comic references to Anne Frank are subject to a blanket prohibition, but Mongrels extracted guilty laughs by suggesting that it was an overzealous game of Yahtzee, not Dutch collaborators, that gave away her whereabouts to the Nazis.
Mongrels features a menagerie of endearing fluffy animals, with occasional support from a passing live actor, the star of which is a sensitive, confrontation-phobic, urbane urban fox called Nelson. Other characters include a snooty Afghan Hound bitch, a kleptomaniac pigeon, a latino cat and several rats. Episode one opened with a houseful of cats dining on the rotting corpse of their elderly owner, moved swiftly on to embrace the twin themes of defecation and castration, paused briefly for a musical number extolling the virtues of prejudice, before climaxing in a Saw style torture scene involving the use of microwave ovens.
Somewhere in the frantic mix sweet natured Nelson found time to embark upon a doomed romance with a chicken, prompting several oddly touching moments, before the show, and the fox, reverted to their true 'red in tooth and claw' natures.
Mongrels sets out to be offensive, but does so with an irresistible combination of wit, imagination and gleeful enthusiasm. I laughed out loud several times, I sniggered childishly throughout and on at least one occasion I felt sick, which counts as a ringing endorsement.
To borrow a gruesome Americanism, the show features the "vocal talents" of Lucy Montgomery, Dan Tetsell, Rufus Jones and Katy Brand, all of whom sounded as though they were having more fun than is decent.Harry Venning, The Stage, 28th June 2010