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David Thair | 17:20 UK time, Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Take a good look at the rabble below. As of next week, this bunch of urban strays are going to do be doing for puppet animals what South Park did for cartoon schoolkids.

MongrelsDon't believe me? Here's a song from the series:

Everybody Loves a Lesbian

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Read on to meet the characters!

Friends... animals... mongrels.


The only wild fox in South London with subscriptions to all the major broadsheets (excluding The Sunday Times), Nelson is, as he never tires of introducing himself at dinner parties... "An urbane fox!"


At heart, angel-faced perfectly groomed pedigree Destiny is just a sweet teenage romantic. And like all sweet teenage female romantics, she has the dead-eyed psychotic ruthlessness of a freelance Serbian assassin when it comes to getting what she wants.


It's probably because of his deep-rooted abandonment issues that Marion clings so tightly to his good friend Nelson. Frankly he needs all the paternal guidance he can get. A simple (some may say 'borderline retarded') soul, Marion is nothing if not highly corruptible.


Kali is a spiteful, petty, vindictive, s***ty little bird with a small beak and a big voice. In fact there's only one thing in life she enjoys more than revelling in other people's misfortune -and that's causing other people's misfortune and then revelling in it a bit afterwards (like maybe over some coffee and a bagel from the bins near Pret).


Potty-mouthed sociopath Vince is everything Nelson is not. He's a REAL fox. He's a PROPER wild animal. He's a red-blooded chicken-eating homicidal PREDATOR. As a consequence some of his eBay feedback is frankly appalling.

Mongrels begins on Tuesday 22nd June at 10pm on BBC Three. Find out more about the characters and watch more clips on the programme page.


  • Comment number 1.

    I am so looking forward to see this sitcom! Amazing effort to make a production like this- The Family Guy of puppet shows :)

  • Comment number 2.

    A reasonable first episode... some real gems and some just nearly funny. The dog peeing contest at obedience class and "I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, oh look treats!" was classic observational humour, very funny. Chopsticks adventures and bling bird? Not so much.

    If you have a dog, a fox or a sociopath chicken, don't miss it! :-)

  • Comment number 3.

    First episode was funny as anything - at times I thought I might wet myself!! ('**** Chickens' was the best and funniest musical number I've heard since South Park's Terrance & Phillip sung 'Uncle ****a'). Some great observational humour and some wonderful throw away lines "I thought you had to fly into a building to be surrounded by this many virgins" - classic.

    All the way through I couldn't help but be reminded of the comedy cartoon series "Bromwell High" (no bad thing) and wonder if the writing or production crew are in any way connected/related.

    As it is this is BBC Three doing what it does best - bringing new comedy to our TVs. Sure it may not be everyone's cup of teas but if you've ever found yourself laughing at a joke or situation and then thinking "I'm not sure I should be finding this funny" this is definitely the show for you - Don't miss it!!

  • Comment number 4.

    I thought the first episode was really funny. The Michael Buble joke hit the right button for me and that's the finest use of Anne Frank and Yahtzee! I've seen in... ooh... ever :)

    The puppets are excellent and although Destiny and Kali are perhaps a little too unlikeable, Nelson, Marion and Vince more than make up for them.

    And as for Episode 2... well, Kieran the Runty Fox was brilliant! I really hope they can keep this up for the rest of the series.

  • Comment number 5.

    What can I say? Well done BBC3!

    At last we have returned to the basics of entertainment. Jokes and pure talent mixed together. I haven't laughed so much in years and can't wait for the series to come out on dvd.

    I do hope this is not a flash in the pan but the start of many many series of reality trussed up in animal form. The puppeteers are a credit to the UK and this programme surely has export potential.

    I would say its the Spitting Image of the 21st Century but its much much more than that. Well done!

  • Comment number 6.

    This show is AMAZING! Congrats BBC Three for a wonderful enjoyable side splitting show! :)

    Please BBC do not make this a one off series, Mongrels should be here for a long time to come.

    Marion is the star of the show for me. The catnip scene at the start of episode 2! awsome! ive never laughed as much in my life!

    Congratulations again BBC for this great comedy! A very happy Mongrels viewer! :)

  • Comment number 7.

    tell me about it, at the start of episode two Marion was under the floor boards dancing to funky tunes untill he said catnip screws people up, and then one of the cats said ''all the cool cats are doing it'' he's all messed up. Marion is cool.

  • Comment number 8.

    I love mongrels :)

    The first episode I watched was episode 4 and I fell in love with vince, Marion and Nelson!!! xxx so adorable (except vince of course)

    I will tell my friends to check it out but they usually watch BBC three a lot so maybe they've already found it xx

    I watched the rest on iplayer and peed myself laughing xx

    It does remind me a bit of south park because of its dark humour and family guy because of all the cutaway gags. But it mainly reminds of Friends (which I also love). I think it reminds of Friends because in mongrels they hang around at the bins and in friends they hang around at Central Perk, In Mongrels Marion and Nelson are best friends like Joey and Chandler (Joey being Marion and Chandler being Nelson) and also because Kali is nuts like Phoebe!!!!!!!!! xxxx

    Anyway love Mongrels because it's hilarious with funny characters and songs! I dislike Destiny and Nelson shouldn't fancy him. He's way to good for her!!! Hope it goes on to make more series, make some dvds and merchandise and hopefully becomes a cult fave! xxx

  • Comment number 9.

    vince and hes swer ofs did it for me and the chicken song i cant get it out of my head ceep it up BBC


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