Mongrels creator Adam Miller has announced via Twitter that the BBC3 comedy puppet show will not be returning for a third season, after disappointing viewing figures spelled an end to the show’s run on the channel.
Slightly earlier, Mongrels voice-actor Dan Tetsell had used his own account to announce that BBC3 controller Zai Bennett had let the axe drop on the show. The actor, who plays Marion the cat – broke the news with the following tease:
“If you were (like me) hoping Mongrels would get a 3rd series, I’ve got some bad news…”
When asked whether the show has indeed been canned, Tetsell didn’t pull any punched with his reply: “Yeah, we’ve all been sacked now.”
Miller then posted the following message this afternoon…
Mongrels friends, it is my unbearably sad duty to announce that we will not be returning for a third series on BBC THREE, a decision that has been made based on the fact that apparently you need more than two people watching a programme to make it successful. Crazy talk. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at BBC Comedy, BBC THREE and BBC Worldwide who have supported us so strongly… over the years, and helped us put our silly puppet show on the digital screens of the nation.
I’d also like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the writers, cast, crew and support team who have made a horribly challenging show such an utter joy to make. This news could not be less of a reflection on your brilliant work.
Most of all I’d like to thank those of you that loved watching Mongrels as much as we loved making it. It’s wonderfully reassuring to think that we weren’t mad after all, and that what we find funny, other people do too.
I’d like to believe that there’s room on television for a little show like ours; one that’s not just another sitcom, one that tries to do things a bit differently and that tries to push a few boundaries here and there. Who knows, maybe we’ll find a that room in the future. I hope it has a minibar.
But why listen to me moan when you can listen to a chimpanzee singing.
Thank you for watching. Both of you
The show follows Ideal and Dr Who Confidential into the BBC3 trash following Bennett’s move into the controller’s chair.