“The Pharaohs kept ichneumons, rat like creatures what crawled into the mouths of sleeping crocodiles and ate their hearts out.”
A one-hour series of 6 episodes
The Pharaoh’s Rat is a one-hour drama series following the exploits of a Derelict, a supposedly homeless 40-year-old, who spends much of his life surviving as a busker with chameleon-like abilities to physically impersonate his chosen musical icon.
Ten years earlier he was a successful lawyer until his 15-year-old daughter was incinerated in a hotel fire, owned by the now wealthy entrepreneur Frank Corrigan. Corrigan had his hotel torched for insurance but was exonerated in a subsequent inquiry.
What keeps the Derelict from psychiatric re-incarceration is his intense need to avenge his daughter. He achieves this by psychologically terrorising Corrigan with unique scams and robberies.
Corrigan owns racehorses, gambling institutions and is currently applying for a casino license. The Derelict’s scams mainly involve the horse racing industry and are designed to thwart Corrigan’s casino license application.
But the Derelict is continually on the edge of total insanity, constantly threatening to implode. It is only through ‘treatment’ by his friend, The Psychiatrist, also a horse trainer, and his close elderly buddy and confidant, Ed, an even better scammer than himself, that the Derelict can pull himself back from his mental abyss.
Having embarrassed Corrigan once too often the Derelict finds himself under threat of extermination from corrupt police and criminals. When those close to him are murdered, the Derelict must use all his resources to not only defeat Corrigan but maintain his sanity.
He sets in motion one of the most ingenious scams of all-time involving impersonation and betting manipulation on horse racing.
He will crawl into the mouth of the crocodile to eat out its heart.