I Was a Rat

BBC (ended 2001)


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A little boy found wandering the streets is taken in by Bob and Joan, a kindly couple. The boy is cold, wet and desperate for shelter, but Bob and Joan are perplexed by his claims that he was once a rat. Meanwhile, rumours are rife at the newspaper about the prince's new love: a girl who captivated everyone at the palace ball. Children's Express reviews this year's BBC Sunday tea-time serial. The scenery and costumes are superb and transport the viewer straight back to bustling 1920’s London. There's nothing like a good old fairytale to get you ready for Christmas and this year CBBC are getting us in the Yuletide mood with the "fairy-tail" I was a Rat. Based on the book by Philip Pullman, I was a Rat is set in the 1920’s. It tells the story of a young boy with a mysterious past who is taken in off the streets by a kind old cobbler, Bob (Tom Conti), and his washerwoman wife Joan (Brenda Fricker). They name him Roger and it soon becomes clear that he's no ordinary little boy. Roger insists that he used to be a rat. He eats pencils and rips up his bed sheets to make a nest. This unusual little boy soon becomes the talk of the town, which unfortunately leads him into trouble. Roger (Calum Worthy) does his best to look fierce for freak show boss Tapscrew (Don McKellar). © BBC I was a Rat is a real rags to riches story and keeps the viewer intrigued all the way through. The scenery and costumes are superb and transport the viewer straight back to bustling 1920's London. From Bob and Joan's little cottage to the royal palace the set designers spare no detail. Calum Worthy who plays Roger is excellent and captures the mannerisms of a rat perfectly. Ned Beatty was also very well cast as the bad tempered newspaper publisher, Muddock. You could tell he enjoyed playing the part. He made us laugh and we enjoyed watching him shout at his staff.moreless