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a must see
*** This review contains spoilers *** If you were to describe the premise of this show, i.e. an adult-orientated animal puppet show, you could be forgiven for thinking it can't work. You would be wrong.
Mongrels is, for me, one of the freshest, funniest and most original comedies that the BBC has ever produced. It's very seldom that a show will have me laughing out loud, but this one accomplishes it time and time again.
The script is as sharp as a razor blade, and doesn't seem to waning as the series progresses. All too often with new comedy shows, the best gags are saved for the first episode, and then the series starts to tail off. If anything, this is getting better and better.
There is a great mix of characters: Destiny, the naive and pampered Afghan who hates her owner; Nelson, the equally naive but essentially kind-hearted fox; Vince, his foul-mouthed and angry cousin; Marion, a lecherous Lothario tom cat, and my personal favourite, Kali, the street-wise, people-hating, slightly psychotic pigeon, who thinks nothing of blinding humans with acid, or even bumping them off, to serve her own ends, or to help out her friends.
The voice-overs are spot on. Katy Brand, in particular, is outstanding as Kali.
So far we have seen Terry Nutkins, Chris Packham, Paul Ross and Toby Anstis in cameo appearances. I suspect that many more B-list celebrities will queueing up to appear on series 2.
Highly recommended. Well done BBC for being brave enough to commission the show, and I for one can't wait for series 2.