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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 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.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 6th July 2010
BBC Three
30 minutes
0.42 million viewers (2.40% audience share)

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.


  1. Wednesday 7th July 2010 at 01.15
  2. Thursday 8th July 2010 at 00.15
  3. Saturday 10th July 2010 at 01.15
  4. Sunday 11th July 2010 at 23.15
  5. Wednesday 22nd December 2010 at 00.15
  6. Tuesday 12th July 2011 at 23.45
  7. Saturday 16th July 2011 at 00.45
  8. Saturday 16th July 2011 at 03.45
  9. Sunday 30th October 2011 at 01.50
  10. Friday 26th April 2013 at 23.20 on Dave
  11. Monday 21st April 2014 at 02.20 on Dave
  12. Wednesday 24th September 2014 at 02.15 on Dave
  13. Sunday 21st December 2014 at 01.40 on Dave
  14. Saturday 17th January 2015 at 02.45 on Dave
  15. Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at 02.25 on Dave
  16. Thursday 21st January 2016 at 22.35
  17. Saturday 5th March 2016 at 02.30

Cast & crew

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


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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