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 Felix Dexter.

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.

Further details

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


    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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