For centuries, man has had an uneasy relationship with rats.
They must surely be among the most maligned of creatures: hated, poisoned and attacked by humans and yet they are among the most fascinating, intelligent and adaptable of animals.
Jane Lapotaire narrates a series following the lives of three brown rats and their struggle to survive and raise their families alongside their human companions.Its December, and on Tyneside, a young sewer rat is chased by a group of drunken youths when she emerges at night from her underground burrow in search of food, whilst on Merseyside, a harbour rat has a narrow escape in the docks.
A fight breaks out underground, when an intruder invades the territory of the Tyneside sewer rats.
In Suffolk, one of the litter embarks on a fatal journey across the farm.
A terrible storm floods the underground sewer on Tyneside and the brown rat and her family are forced to swim for their lives.
Whilst, on Merseyside, a sparrowhawk spies one of the harbour rats alone on the quayside.
In Suffolk, the farm rat falls victim to the farmers grandson and his air rifle, whilst on Tyneside, the pest control officers descend underground to exterminate the rats in the sewer.
On Merseyside, the harbour rat feeds on a meal, whilst further north, the sewer rat encounters a fox in an alleyway, and in Suffolk, the farm rat has a narrow escape whilst foraging for food in the snow.