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 8 - Nelson The Naughty Arsonist

It's the worst time of the year for the animals - Bonfire Night (aka 5/11). After failing in his job last year as a fire warden, Nelson faces an angry mob led by Marion demanding an end to the event for good. Kali has her wings clipped and discovers she is suddenly an easy meal for Vince. Destiny decides to pursue a modelling career.

Further details

Mongrels. Marion. Copyright: BBC.

The return of Bonfire Night unearths some bitter memories among the Mongrels.

After failing to protect his friends as fire warden the previous year, metrosexual fox Nelson faces an angry mob demanding an end to the event for good. However, when a rather bewildered and incompetent Marion is nominated as leader of the rebellion, things don't quite go as planned. After having her wings clipped by a safety conscious Nelson to stop her flying into fireworks, a grounded Kali faces a new danger from Vince, who suddenly sees Kali as an easy meal. Kali has to do some serious plotting to devise a way of avoiding becoming Vince's dinner.

Meanwhile, Destiny sets her sights on a modelling career after being spotted by a dog photographer in the park. However, the result of the photo shoot isn't quite as glamorous as she had hoped.

Song: Beautiful - Sung by Destiny.
Written by Daniel Peak and Jon Brown.


Some sources give this episode the unofficial title Bonfire.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 10th August 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)
    Guest cast
    Kevin Eldon Photographer
    Simon Lipson Ensemble (Various Roles) (Voice)
    Ruth Bratt Yvonne (Voice)
    Eamonn Holmes Self
    Writing team
    Daniel Peak 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


    Bonfire Night

    It's 5/11 (November 5th) and the Mongrels are worried about the Fireworks on Bonfire Night. Nelson has flashbacks to last year's event.

    Ugly Women Are Beautiful Too Song

    Destiny points out the differences between her and other women - in song form.

    Featuring: Lucy Montgomery (Destiny).


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