The Velvet Onion can confirm that the proposed dvd and blu-ray release of Mongrels Series 2 has been scrapped.
The cult puppet sitcom from the mind of Adam Miller, and featuring a bevy of TVO regulars, was given a big budget revamp for its return last Autumn, but the show was cancelled alongside almost every other show on the BBC3 roster by new controller Zai Bennett in January.
A dvd release was given a placeholder spot on Amazon during the run of Series 2, yet failed to materialise. Six months after the show finished airing, we asked the bods at @bbccomedy on Twitter what was happening, and they confirmed: “There’s currently no plans to bring Mongrels 2 out on DVD, but it is available on download – for example on iTunes.”
Ah yes, iTunes. The series has been available on there quietly for some time, bafflingly in standard definition only, despite broadcasting in hi-def and the first series being made available in the format.
At £1.89 per episode, and £15.99 for the entire run plus the behind-the-scenes mockumentary, it’s a costly alternative to a physical release, in a vastly inferior format, and in only one region – blocking out international viewers of which the show has legion – but alas it seems for Mongrels fans, it’s the best we’re going to get.
Of course, the situation may change – as long forgotten shows from yesteryear leak out onto disc on a regular basis. If BBC Worldwide realise the commercial value of a real release, we’re sure it will happen. The fan-campaign starts here… and we’re sure somewhere out there at least one of you is drafting your petition right now.
In the meantime, you can download Series Two here – and see a classic clip from the second series below.