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Mongrels. Image shows from L to R: Destiny, Nelson, Kali, Marion, Vince. Copyright: BBC.


BBC Three sitcom. 19 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2010 - 2011. Stars Rufus Jones, Lucy Montgomery, Katy Brand, Dan Tetsell, Paul Kaye, Tony Way, Ruth Bratt and others.

Series 1, Episode 2 - Destiny The Reluctant Sniffer Dog

Destiny learns of the power of bottom-sniffing, Kali is reunited with an old partner in crime, Nelson adopts one of Vince's cubs and Marion overdoses on catnip.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 29th June 2010
BBC Three
30 minutes
0.26 million viewers

Full synopsis

Mongrels. Marion. Copyright: BBC.

Destiny goes on a date with a dog who enlightens her to the power of bottom-sniffing when it comes to getting to know someone.

After sniffing all the bottoms in the neighbourhood, including that of broadcaster Paul Ross, she is bitterly disappointed that it seems the love of her life could in fact be her straight-laced, metrosexual fox friend Nelson.

Kali is reunited with an old partner in crime, but is irritated to discover that he has no interest in helping her terrorize the neighbourhood as he has now found God and seen the error of his ways. Annoyed, Kali plots to try and tempt him back to the dark side.

Nelson adopts one of Vince's cubs after Vince reveals that he ate the others in a cannibalistic massacre because he was hungry and couldn't find a spoon for the yoghurts in his fridge - they were rhubarb flavour so he didn't fancy them anyway.

And Marion has severe paranoia and a craving for instant noodles after overdosing on catnip.

Song: What Kind Of God? - Sung by Kali, featuring Christopher Biggins as God.
Written by Adam Miller, Daniel Peak and Jon Brown.


Some sources give this episode the unofficial title Runt.


  1. Wednesday 30th June 2010 at 01.15
  2. Thursday 1st July 2010 at 00.30
  3. Sunday 4th July 2010 at 23.15
  4. Tuesday 21st December 2010 at 00.15
  5. Tuesday 5th July 2011 at 23.45
  6. Wednesday 6th July 2011 at 03.40
  7. Friday 8th July 2011 at 02.15
  8. Saturday 16th July 2011 at 03.15
  9. Sunday 30th October 2011 at 02.20
  10. Friday 19th April 2013 at 23.20 on Dave
  11. Monday 14th April 2014 at 02.25 on Dave
  12. Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 02.45 on Dave
  13. Friday 19th December 2014 at 01.00 on Dave
  14. Saturday 10th January 2015 at 03.15 on Dave
  15. Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at 01.55 on Dave

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Rufus Jones Nelson (Voice)
Lucy Montgomery Destiny (Voice)
Katy Brand Kali (Voice)
Dan Tetsell Marion (Voice)
Paul Kaye Vince (Voice)
Guest cast
Christopher Biggins God
Ruth Bratt Kieran (Voice)
Steve North Fireman
Nick Tanner Big Issue Seller
Lawry Lewin Tramp
Gemma Bissix Self
Stuart Manning Self
Paul Ross Self
Writing team
Jon Brown Writer
Dan Tetsell Writer (Additional Material)
Danielle Ward Writer (Additional Material)
Paul Mayhew-Archer Script Editor
Production team
Adam Miller Director
Stephen McCrum Producer
Mark Freeland Exec Producer
Simon Rogers Production Designer
Joe Henson Composer
Richie Webb Composer
Nigel Williams Editor


What kind of God?

Kali sings a song about why she doesn't believe in God.

Featuring: Katy Brand (Kali), Christopher Biggins (God).

Who's Paul Ross?

Nelson introduces Destiny and Marion to his new adopted runt son, and tries to explain about the idea of 'runts of the litter' using Paul Ross as his example.

Featuring: Rufus Jones (Nelson), Lucy Montgomery (Destiny), Dan Tetsell (Marion), Paul Ross.

Why dogs really bark?

Destiny talks to Nelson and Kali about a dog called James who she met last night, who could be "The One." The secret of the dog bark is revealed.

Featuring: Rufus Jones (Nelson), Lucy Montgomery (Destiny), Katy Brand (Kali).

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