Puppet comedy for BBC Three

'It's like a feral Top Cat'

BBC Three has commissioned an adult puppet comedy described as 'Avenue Q meets Family Guy'.

We Are Mongrels is about a country fox in the city, where his friends include a sarcastic pigeon and sexy Afghan hound.

The pilot episode starred Rufus Jones from sketch group Dutch Elm Conservertoire, pictured, as the fox, with Lucy Montgomery, Katy Brand and Ruth Bratt among the supporting cast.

It is hoped they will return for the eight-part series, which is due to air next year.

The show was created by Adam Miller, who directed Katy Brand's Big Ass Show for ITV2, and will be written by Jon Brown, whose credits include Horne and Corden and Scallywagga.

Executive producer Stephen McCrumb told TV trade magazine Broadcast: ‘It has a lot of cut-aways and flashbacks and it’s fast-moving; more like an animation with puppets than a traditional sitcom. It gives you the licence to do things you can’t with live action. We pitched it as Avenue Q meets Family Guy.’

The BBC's head of in-house comedy Mark Freeland added: 'It’s like a feral Top Cat.'

Published: 23 Jul 2009

Today's comedy-on demand picks

THE SIMPSONS TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING I KNOW

Australian comic Yianni Agisilaou takes a romp through the glory days of the animated comedy. Previously performed at festivals, and now streamed via Zoom, the show asks whether an obsessive knowledge of the world's longest running cartoon embiggen one's understanding or is that unpossible?

Click for more suggestions
... including the latest Mark Thomas show and the next Marcel Lucont's Cabaret Domestique.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.