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 5 - Kali The Genetic Engineer

Nelson's French penfriend Christian arrives for a visit, but brings rabies with him. Destiny discovers that her new boyfriend is a pimp organised by her owner Gary to get her to produce pups. When Kali is caught up in a pigeon cull, she resolves to take revenge on humankind.

Further details

Mongrels. Nelson. Copyright: BBC.

Nelson's effete French penfriend Christian arrives for a visit and starts behaving uncharacteristically badly, exhibiting mood swings and frothing at the mouth. Yes, it seems Christian has rabies. Nelson and Marion must contain the disease and save their friends.

Destiny discovers that her gorgeous new boyfriend Archie is in fact a pimp organised by her owner Gary to get Destiny to produce some pedigree pups. Destiny decides to teach Gary a lesson.

When Kali is caught up in a pigeon cull, she resolves to take over the world and take revenge on humankind by creating the pigeox - half pigeon, half fox. All she needs to bring her invention to life is a bit of help from a passing fox, like Nelson, or, failing that, his vicious friend Vince.

Song: My Destiny - Sung by Nelson, stopped by Destiny.
Written by Adam Miller.


Some sources give this episode the unofficial title Rabies.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 20th 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
    Amber Beattie Girl
    Nathaniel Martello-White (as Nathaniel M White) Boy
    Scott Mills Self
    Duncan Wisbey Ensemble (Various Roles) (Voice)
    Simon Lipson Ensemble (Various Roles) (Voice)
    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 Executive Producer
    Nigel Williams Editor
    Simon Rogers Production Designer
    Joe Henson Composer
    Richie Webb Composer


    Kali's PowerPoint

    Kali explains her new evil plan to take over the world via PowerPoint, much to the disgust of Nelson. He is not keen on fathering a pigeon-fox hybrid - a pigox.

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    Featuring: Katy Brand (Kali).

    Nelson's Penpal

    Nelson's French penpal Christian is visiting the Isle of Dogs. However, Nelson is not sure where to take him for dinner, so asks the rest of the Mongrels for suggestions.

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    Featuring: Rufus Jones (Nelson).

    Scott Mills on Mongrels

    Nelson visits the Doctor as he fears he may have caught rabies from his French penpal Christian. Whilst he's there, he recalls getting frustrated at Scott Mills' use of the English Language on BBC Radio 1.

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