British Comedy Guide

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 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.

Full synopsis

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


  1. Thursday 12th August 2010 at 12:20am on BBC3
  2. Friday 13th August 2010 at 9:00pm on BBC3
  3. Sunday 15th August 2010 at 10:45pm on BBC3
  4. Friday 31st December 2010 at 12:15am on BBC3
  5. Wednesday 10th August 2011 at 2:15am on BBC3
  6. Monday 31st October 2011 at 4:00am on BBC3
  7. Friday 31st May 2013 at 11:45pm on Dave
  8. Monday 5th May 2014 at 2:30am on Dave
  9. Wednesday 8th October 2014 at 2:45am on Dave
  10. Sunday 28th December 2014 at 3:10am on Dave
  11. Saturday 31st January 2015 at 3:15am on Dave
  12. Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 2:25am on Dave
  13. Monday 7th March 2016 at 3:30am 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)
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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