British Comedy Guide

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


BBC Three sitcom. 17 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2010 - 2011. Stars Tony Way, Rufus Jones, Lucy Montgomery, Katy Brand, Dan Tetsell, Paul Kaye, Ruth Bratt and others.

Series 1, Episode 3 - Marion The Young Lover

Springwatch comes to film on the Isle of Dogs and Nelson is horrified to discover all the animals are, in fact, actors. Destiny becomes a guide dog, Marion attempts to win love by staying alive for one more day, and Kali reveals she used to nest in Amy Winehouse's hair.

Full synopsis

Mongrels. Marion. Copyright: BBC.

The BBC's Springwatch comes filming to the Isle of Dogs and urban fox Nelson is horrified to discover all the animals are, in fact, actors. But when Nelson discovers that Afghan hound Destiny loves the show, he seizes the chance to impress her by auditioning for a part.

Out on a walk in the park, Destiny meets a guide dog and decides that guiding is for her - purely because she likes the idea of being in control. However, Destiny quickly discovers that guiding has its downside. It's time for her to find someone else to do her work for her ... Nelson.

Tomcat Marion falls for the beautiful Lollipop and discovers all he has to do to make Lollipop his soulmate is to stay alive for one more day. How hard can that be? After all, a cat has nine lives...

And Kali the pigeon reveals that she used to nest in Amy Winehouse's hair.

Song: What A Difference A Day Makes - Sung by Marion and Lollipop.
Written by Danielle Ward.


Some sources give this episode the unofficial title Springwatch.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 6th July 2010
BBC Three
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 7th July 2010 at 1:15am on BBC3
  2. Thursday 8th July 2010 at 12:15am on BBC3
  3. Saturday 10th July 2010 at 1:15am on BBC3
  4. Sunday 11th July 2010 at 11:15pm on BBC3
  5. Wednesday 22nd December 2010 at 12:15am on BBC3
  6. Tuesday 12th July 2011 at 11:45pm on BBC3
  7. Saturday 16th July 2011 at 12:45am on BBC3
  8. Saturday 16th July 2011 at 3:45am on BBC3
  9. Sunday 30th October 2011 at 1:50am on BBC3
  10. Friday 26th April 2013 at 11:20pm on Dave
  11. Monday 21st April 2014 at 2:20am on Dave
  12. Wednesday 24th September 2014 at 2:15am on Dave
  13. Sunday 21st December 2014 at 1:40am on Dave
  14. Saturday 17th January 2015 at 2:45am on Dave
  15. Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at 2:25am on Dave
  16. Thursday 21st January 2016 at 10:35pm on BBC3
  17. Saturday 5th March 2016 at 2:30am on BBC3

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Tony Way Gary
Rufus Jones Nelson (Voice)
Lucy Montgomery Destiny (Voice)
Katy Brand Kali (Voice)
Dan Tetsell Marion (Voice)
Paul Kaye Vince (Voice)
Ruth Bratt Ensemble (Various Roles) (Voice)
Guest cast
Daniel Lawrence Taylor Producer
Steven France Flipper's Friend
Toby Marrow Death
Chris Packham Self
Terry Nutkins Self
Lewis Macleod Ensemble (Various Roles) (Voice)
Writing team
Jon Brown Writer
Paul Doolan Writer (Additional Material)
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 Executive Producer
Nigel Williams Editor
Simon Rogers Production Designer
Joe Henson Composer
Richie Webb Composer


Guide Dog Training

Afghan hound Destiny completes her guide dog training, complete with an appropriate Rocky-styled montage, which basically involves an eye test.

Featuring: Lucy Montgomery (Destiny), Lewis Macleod (Ensemble (Various Roles)).


BBC's Springwatch comes filming to the Isle of Dogs and urban fox Nelson makes an appearance, but is less than impressed by Chris Packham's comments.

Featuring: Rufus Jones (Nelson), Chris Packham.

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