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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 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.

Full synopsis

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


  1. Thursday 22nd July 2010 at 12:30am on BBC3
  2. Friday 23rd July 2010 at 9:30pm on BBC3
  3. Saturday 24th July 2010 at 12:50am on BBC3
  4. Sunday 25th July 2010 at 11:15pm on BBC3
  5. Friday 24th December 2010 at 12:15am on BBC3
  6. Wednesday 27th July 2011 at 12:45am on BBC3
  7. Wednesday 27th July 2011 at 3:15am on BBC3
  8. Saturday 30th July 2011 at 1:15am on BBC3
  9. Saturday 30th July 2011 at 3:45am on BBC3
  10. Monday 31st October 2011 at 2:30am on BBC3
  11. Friday 10th May 2013 at 11:20pm on Dave
  12. Monday 28th April 2014 at 1:55am on Dave
  13. Wednesday 1st October 2014 at 2:20am on Dave
  14. Monday 22nd December 2014 at 3:15am on Dave
  15. Saturday 24th January 2015 at 2:55am on Dave
  16. Tuesday 10th February 2015 at 1:55am on Dave
  17. Monday 7th March 2016 at 2:00am 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
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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