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David Thair | 12:05 UK time, Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Marion says goodbyeMongrels director Adam Miller writes...

Tonight's episode brings to a close this series of Mongrels and I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the lovely viewers that have stuck with us and posted their support on our Facebook site, Youtube, Twitter and elsewhere. More than anything else it makes me happy that I'm not the only who wants a "Morning C****!" T-shirt and a fluffy rat toy for Christmas.

One thing I do hope Mongrels has brought with it is further proof that puppetry is a great and yet vastly underused medium with which to play on adult shows. There's an enormous number of hugely talented puppeteers out there who only really get to show their stuff on kids TV, which to my mind is a criminal waste. As an adult I still find something visceral and wonderfully low-tech about puppetry that you'll never get with CG animation, and yet there's a physicality they bring that humans simply can't replicate.

So thank you, puppeteers, for making me laugh so much over the last five years, and here's hoping for some more puppet shows on TV very soon.

Watch the final episode of Mongrels tonight at 10.30pm on BBC Three.

Mongrels Uncovered

The Mongrels fun doesn't have to end here! Once you've watched the final episode, pop over to the BBC Three Blog for to see how it was all done. Expect to see some hands up some Mongrel derriers.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    I am so sad that this series is ending!!!!
    I hope there will be a series 2!!
    otherwise I will be writing in a letter of complaint to the BBC demanding to bring another series of Mongrels on our screens!!!!!! :) :(

  • Comment number 2.

    This is by far the best bit of comedy to come out of the BBC in ages. I've never laughed so much and I really hope you guys are doing another series.

    Top work!

  • Comment number 3.

    Love this show so much! Characters are so great and i love the humor, the only english kind of thing around. please do another series! anyone know to tell the bbc we love it and want more!?!?

  • Comment number 4.

    please do another series :3
    it would seem a shame to end the series so soon, the characters are too likeable.
    best show on bbc3 anyway... I'm kinda sad it's over

  • Comment number 5.

    this show rocks! but i wouldn't say it was 'too soon' as most bbc series only have a tiny 6 episodes per season. can't wait for a second series..

  • Comment number 6.

    more, more, more, more, more, more, more pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. Refreshing, intellingent, hilarious and naughty. Best new comedic programme in a long time. Already pre-ordered the DVD so I can watch and catch the stuff I missed the first time round.

  • Comment number 7.

    Is there a DVD coming out????
    I demand answers people! if anybody knows please put a comment up saying so! xx
    Mongrels must come back to our screens soon!!
    Why is everything ending??? The Hills is ending on sunday and now Mongrels :D xxx

  • Comment number 8.

    Just seen the making of documentary for the series, its reminds me why I love making stuff for Tv and film; even when its gale force winds and raining non-stop during the entire shoot in winter.
    Mongrels has been fantastic these last eight weeks, Maybe I'll finally get my animal show that I've been working on for 5 years produced at some point :)

    But I would personally like to thank Creator Adam Miller for a hilarious show and for his reply to one of my questions early on in the series.
    Fingers crossed for series 2!

  • Comment number 9.

    The best thing on the BBC for years. The whole family could not stop laughing at last nights episode. It should be promoted to BBC2.

    We want the BBC to maake some cuddly toys of Marion, Nelson & Vince so we can stick them on a dash board.

    Jono & family. Walsall

  • Comment number 10.

    Really sad that the show has ended and hope there is another series - it would be a shame if there are no more after this. Funniest show on the TV at the moment and it was a refreshing change of pace from the rest of the shows that are on.

    Hopefully this show does pave the way for more shows in a similar type of vein, as it seems to be quite popular. Fingers crossed. Finally, agreeing with the cuddly toys - they will sell like hotcakes.

  • Comment number 11.

    I can't believe it's over...

    Bum worms! :-(

    Also, Destiny calendars and wallpaper pls.

  • Comment number 12.

    The BBC are going to make a fortune - if they play their cards right - this Christmas. Mongrels could have been much better if they would have left the obvious toilets jokes alone and concentrated on being seriously funny - and a little less 'London'. Also,wouldn't the pub itself have been a funny place?

  • Comment number 13.

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  • Comment number 14.

    LOVED!!! the programme, recommended it to friends and they too are addicted. Marion is a comedy legend!
    Series 2 just has to be made NOW!!!
    Absolute work of genius, you can tell that people really cared about making a quality programme!

  • Comment number 15.

    I've gotta say, thank you very much for such an awesome show. I thought Gavin & Stacey was funny, but Mongrels is THE best laugh ever! I really do hope for a second brilliant series.

    (Also, Allicorn is right. A Destiny calendar would be immense!)

  • Comment number 16.

    Great series. Fingers crossed for a second series.

    And my merchandise request is a Marion toy. For, er, someone I know.

  • Comment number 17.

    I loved every episode.Its a good laugh,I hope there's some more in the pipeline

  • Comment number 18.

    MONGRELS - WOW! what a show,plz plz lets be having more soon. And for gods sake bring on the merchandise. gotta get me a t'shirt or something. if not a mug will do nicely soz i can show my work mates what all the raving waz about LOL!

  • Comment number 19.

    Considering the bbc licence fee i am forced to pay, this is the first thing i've watched for ages that i'd gladly renew for! Love the show, love the script, love the voices.. It's one of the few, VERY few, shows that actually makes me laugh aloud every episode... A real genuine hearty thank you for that... And may the bbc be smote down if it doesn't commission another series! Grrrr!! xx

  • Comment number 20.

    Enjoyed the show very much and particualrly loved the interaction between Nelson and Marion.
    However, found myself less than impressed with Lucy Montgomery as Destiny and was positively irritated by Katy Brand as Kali; what the hell was that accent meant to be?

  • Comment number 21.

    Is it true that the cameo rats are now on loan to that other hands-up-the-arses-acting show 'Eastenders' to make it seem more believable?

  • Comment number 22.

    Love this to bits. Characters brilliant. I agree with those who say they want soft toys of mario.n, nelson et al
    Would also love a Marion t shirt with the quote "Christ Jesus, it's a Premier Inn" the campaign starts here!

  • Comment number 23.

    I wish to join the massess and say how much I am looking forward to a second series. Please BBC, commission another series! Mongrels is my favourite thing on TV at the moment. Why bother with the likes of Sherlock when Mongrels is clearly superior! (I love Sherlock too btw, don't hate me Stephen Moffat!)

    What a wonderful programme Mongrels is, intelligent, insulting and outright hilarious! We have needed a quality comedy like this for a long time. It is also clear that a lot of love and care has gone into making this show and I really wish everyone involved the absolute best for their careers because you are all so amazing!

    I can't get enough of Mongrels, so please shower us with pointless merchandise so we can buy it! I would like a Vince toy which swears when you squeeze him and a Nelson I can play Boggle with!

  • Comment number 24.

    Me and my friedns love mongrels
    defo want cuddly toys of nelson, marion and vince!!!!!
    maybe they could make one of those toys that when you squeeze its paw it says catchphrases! xxx i have a few ideas of the catchphrases they could say

    Nelson
    "Ok Marion lets get the birthday card and get the rock out of here!!"
    "Magic Johnson I think I've got rabies"
    "Oh nuts I've left my pepper spray in my other purse!"
    "Grubby? I am wearing lynx africa!"
    "Diana in heaven I'm on bloody springwatch"
    "Middle class is magical a safe world safe from strife!"
    "Ofsted was a bloody nightmare"
    "I am a fox I just don't let it define me... Marion, my water colours"
    "Russell Howard! what in the name of Marty Feldman happened to your eye??"

    Vince
    "Morning C****!
    "Destiny I hope you've remembered my scotch egg"
    "Well Nelson they are both rhubarb"
    "Oh well how very quaint"
    "Who are you calling a c****?"
    "Alright JC how's your dad?"

    Marion
    "Margeret my silver haired princess I am everything you want me to be"
    "I want to claw out my own eyes with my own claws! and stamp on my own eyes with my own claws!"
    "yeah and seriously we cannot tell anybody about that I am not even joking"
    "Christ jesus it's a premier inn!"
    "Robin Williams is trapped in board game since 1969..."
    Nelson man we are like ninja, NINJA!"

  • Comment number 25.

    This was the best thing on TV for a LONG while. Puuuurrrrlease make more !
    I laughed til I cried many times, and am watching the episodes again and again. Love It.
    And yeah, seriously, not even joking, I WANT a Marion cuddly toy for xmas.

  • Comment number 26.

    I was trying to work out which episode I liked least. This would be achieved by counting up for which one I'd had the fewest repeat-watches on late night BBC3 and iPlayer.

    Trouble is... I lost count at about 7 watches per episode :-)

    Oo - also - my vote for a Marion T-Shirt idea is this: on the front, a disgruntled Marion saying "I knew that!", then on the back the furtive Marion aside, "I did not know that..."

  • Comment number 27.

    Really enjoyed every episode, hopefully season 2 will be coming to are screens in the near future .... not to far though :)

  • Comment number 28.

    I am from the U.S., Georgia, and i absolutly love mongrels! i waited eagerly each week for the new episode to come and was sad when i finished and had to wait another week.
    i hope there will be more seasons, its great to see this show, and i praise it to all my friends.

    please dont end it!

    Vince fan #1!
    -Moomba

  • Comment number 29.

    Will there be a spin-off "Mongrels" comic strip in Viz Magazine? That way we'll get to find out what Vince is really saying! It can't be swearing because there's so much of it. We think he's saying stuff in favour of the war in Afghanistan and the BBC management is bleeping it out because it's 'off-message'. At the moment listening to Vince is like listening to Radio Four's "Just a Minute" with a hyped-up Graham Norton's finger on the buzzer.

  • Comment number 30.

    Please please please give Mongrels a second series! There aren't many tv shows that make me laugh out loud, but this was certainly one of them - would love to see more episodes

  • Comment number 31.

    oh please make another series that was the funniest comedy since the nineties and it brought me out of my depression :(

  • Comment number 32.

    Will miss Mongrels. The characters work brilliantly with the silly and rude material. The song about being Middle Class was very funny. Please, please make another series.

  • Comment number 33.

    Too some people this show seems to be like marmite. However I cannot get enough, Like a cocktails of sitcoms on crack, it's laugh out loud comedy that so few shows nowadays succeed in. It such a shame there were only 8 episodes.

    It make take a few years but please Make another series. read reviews of your shows, find what people like and didn't like and improve. Be like family guy and rise of the ashes. I know thw show isn't offically cancelled but seeing that it took 5 years to make. I can only hope for more.

  • Comment number 34.

    I can't believe Paul kaye voices vince. such a legend.

  • Comment number 35.

    Anyone else getting withdrawl symptoms from Mongrels not being on anymore?

  • Comment number 36.

    Great timing, BBC - show us the "making of" documentary, whet our appetites, and then take it off iPlayer less than a week later before we've had the chance to watch it!!

    I was halfway through episode 5 last night and this morning there's only episode 8 left to watch. Was website storage allocation one of the recent BBC cost-cutting measures??

    Poohsticks.

  • Comment number 37.

    absolutely loved mongrels, can't wait for the next series. please please please bring out some merchandise, t-shirts and teddies etc, gotta get me a marion t- shirt, just love that cat!

  • Comment number 38.

    So will this show take another five years to make?? or maybe if they get a bigger budget it will take less time to make??? xxx so many questions!! i hope it doesn't take another five years!! xx

  • Comment number 39.

    Genius!

    The TV licence paying public want more... At least bring out the DVD for Christmas, with a special edition 'spanked-up' mix of **** Chickens. That should guarantee an improved seasonal number one!

    Thank you everyone involved.

  • Comment number 40.

    Found you by accident and have tried to spread the word - agree absolute genius and please come back with a series 2.

    If you don't win any awards for this there is no justice.

    Will I be able to put series 1 DVD on my Christmas list?

    Love to Kali - you dirty beep beep beep beep-er

  • Comment number 41.

    Anyone wondering about the dvd it was out on the 16th of august. I've ordered it off amazon and I can't wait until it arrives. Also on the Dvd charts Mongrels ranked as the number 10 in the top 100 comedy dvds. Also in the overall chart it ranked higher than Ashes to Ashes, Band of Brothers and An education!! which is something to be proud of xx

  • Comment number 42.

    I love mongrels. It was stumbled upon by a friend of mine just after it started and since then it has been a constant topic of conversation at work. Everyone I know who has seen it has found it crude, disgusting, revolting and UTTERLY BRILLIANT! This isn't just for teens either - we are mainly a bunch of old farts knocking well into our forties and have been thoroughly entertained by this unique piece of television. This should be given it's proper dues and repeated on BBC2 where it will rightfully get a much wider audience. Great stuff!!!

  • Comment number 43.

    I would love to see some merchandise from The Mongrels. I would be first in line for a Destiny toy, as well as coffee mugs, t-shirts, calanders of the shows animals...
    Please, PLEASE bring more episodes to us!! And, DON'T LET DESTINY DIE!!!! She was fab, I swear my Saluki is Destiny, in looks and attitude. I was hooked from the first show, and I need more!!

  • Comment number 44.

    I don't think i've laughed as hard at anything new on the BBC in a long time, dear God please give Mongrels another series!!

    Please can we have a DVD/Blu-ray with the swearing uncensored as well? I was rather hoping to hear Vince call people ***** in all its glory!

    (Like the sound of a Destiny calender, I have a, uh, friend who'd love it...)

  • Comment number 45.

    I really hope they're planning on merchandise... :D... come on BBC... you can make a fortune here :p

  • Comment number 46.

    This was the best comedy series since the likes of Blackadder, my wife, myself and my four kids found it hilarious, it should be on prime time BBC 1 instead of the drizzle we see there. Amazing show, and I agree, merchandise!

  • Comment number 47.

    Just to let people know . . the Series 1 DVD was released on the 16th August. :-)

    Where can I buy a Vince soft toy with assorted Vince catch phrases ? please . . .

    Oh yes . . . get on with Series 2 already !

  • Comment number 48.

  • Comment number 49.

    brilliant series. Can't wait for the next one. Loved the dance of the fox. Love Kali's "james bond villan-like" schemes. Her voice is so perfect for a street pigeon and showing her softer side when her mama died and being so fat she had to get cut out of the box! All the jokes and the body language movements of the puppets are just spot on right down to the trembling smaller animals when in Vince's presence. Loved Marion as the party clown. I've got the gas man still as my screen saver. When are the t-shirts coming out? I'd love one of Kali with some machine gun ammunition rounds wrapped around her calling her winged brethern to arms against the humans who've terrorized her kind for centuries! At least a t-shirt with her saying "I did not think that through" or one with Vince on it that says "are you calling me a c***". Can't wait for the next series!

  • Comment number 50.

    One of the funniest things for ages, caught it by accident at work, been a fan ever since.
    Shame it's disappeared from the iplayer, DVD soon?
    We MUST have a series 2, 3, 4, 5, (I think you see where I'm going).
    Also agree the puppet toys would be great.

    "belt and braces... nothing to do with religion"

    MORE...

    Thanks

  • Comment number 51.

    amazing series
    !!!

  • Comment number 52.

    Went onto the iplayer to find episode 9...

    Arrrrghhh!!!!

    Series 2 purlease...seriously, can't imagine you could spend the license fee any better than on this. The puppetry and puppet design was something Jim Henson would be proud of. Amazing characters, and the last episode was so very very excellent.

    Something about the puppetry adds an edge to the comedy which is so much better than animation...the characters are so much more real, and so much funnier...

    Congrats and thanks to the team who made this, looks like a labour of love...off to buy the DVD!

  • Comment number 53.

    Literally, and I really do mean literally, the hardest I have laughed this year has been at this programme. If there isn't a second series I'll get my stroppy boots on and complain in every medium til my tonsils bleed and my writers-cramped hand seizes up into a claw-like arthritic lump of flesh. Genius writing, amazing puppetry- nothing else like it!

  • Comment number 54.

    there got to be anuther seris with so meny fans so meny peopl how want seris 2 to hapen the bbc cant egnor it

  • Comment number 55.

    if any one reads this the is a nice guy on youtube he put ech epysode of mongrels but in 3 parts on it my withdwows are over mongrels is like my pot

  • Comment number 56.

    there are lots of things you can do with a puppet that cant be dun with humans. like marrian and the 3week old kittan that was a bid destorbin but still funny so i hope thay do more sorry for speling im dislxic

  • Comment number 57.

    I totally love this show.
    There definitely must be another series with...
    More Marion.
    Less Destiny.
    More Marion.

  • Comment number 58.

    Confirmed they are making another series! Fantastic! Can't wait! More Nelson and Vince please!

  • Comment number 59.

    Please make another series, in fact, make two!

  • Comment number 60.

    I miss it already!
    Please come back with a series 2, I'd love to see
    Nelson take evening classes with marion to meet women, Destiny fight for garys affection when he gets a new girlfriend , Carly fall for pyramid selling scheme and get her revenge, and Vince , well , who knows !

    Come back soon!

  • Comment number 61.

    Just been talking (and laughing) about this prog and remembering the excellent characters. I really do hope there's going to be another series!!!!

  • Comment number 62.

    Just been talking (and laughing) about this prog and remembering the excellent characters. I really do hope there's going to be another series!

  • Comment number 63.

    A second series has been comissioned mate.

  • Comment number 64.

    hello tanked i happy cuz i found a way to do this with ps3 live but i can only be nelson so no more bobby no more vince jonson till new laptop comes

  • Comment number 65.

    That's okay, Nelson is my favorite character anyway, just don't tell Vince.

  • Comment number 66.

    ok moms the work

  • Comment number 67.

    Wiki says season 2 is being worked on. Please let it come soon! I need my Nelson fix. I love that fox!!! And BBC please make some toys or other collectables! My self and many others will buy it. Trust me! :)

  • Comment number 68.

    I must say Job well done on this show! I heard about the controversy of this being too similar to pets. Frankly I watched an episode of pets, not even.. The beginning into it the characters seemed way to stuffed animal like, and very bland scripting. As to mongrels it really is hard to critique,The characters are so like-able, so realistic, and im always excited because the suspense of not knowing what will happen next. I am a hugee fan of family guy and love its series of flashbacks, and puns. Mongrels is a great show and i loved that you guys played the prodigy during the catnip rave scene, I cannot wait for second season ill have my eyes and credit card ready x)

    - D3GENERATE

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