NEW on CBeebies: Justin’s House

You’d have to have been living under a rock to not know that a significant part of the BBC has relocated to the North West to MediaCity in Salford.  A number of teams have headed to my homeland including Children’s.  I have had the absolute pleasure of going to the BBC’s new pad during the Summer holiday for the live filming of the first episode of a new CBeebies show, Justin’s House which airs next weekend Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October at 11:00am on CBeebies.

I was invited to the BBC along with two children so I took Lil H and his friend JC who is also a mega Justin fan.  The BBC premises are amazing and all 150 children couldn’t have had a warmer welcome or be more catered for.  There were rows of tables set up with colouring sheets & pencils, goodie bags with CBeebies Magazines stacked full of activities, a soft corner and TV’s playing CBeebies favourites, but of course!  There were lots of behind the scenes teams taking the opportunity to chat with both children and parents, genuinely interested in feedback, thoughts and suggestions.  It was exactly this type of event that the move to the North West facilitated for the BBC Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies told me, it gave them the premises to allow them to regularly, easily and effectively bring audience and production teams together.  It was clearly something Kay is immensely passionate about, a fantastic thing to do and totally refreshing.  Brands and businesses listening – love it!

Quickly it was time to go into the studio, the excitement and volume has risen but sank to whispering as we entered the studio where the “Justin’s House” set was there on stage and it was really rather WOW!  A few warm ups and I don’t mean comedians, I mean get up off your bottom and get moving type warm ups because “Justin’s House” is a brand new series and totally diffrent format to his other shows.  So limbered up it was time to get the show on the road.  Lights.  Camera.  Action!

Children, adults, everyone laughed the entire way through the show.  Justin had just moved into a new house which he discovers he will be sharing with Robert, his Robot Butler and Little Monster – who’s a bit of a minx and shockingly I would say Little Monster may just give Justin a run for his money as most popular character in this series!  Singing, dancing, comedy, add in silly names, throw in a unicycle, some custard pies and dust with the magic of panto and you have Justin’s House.  We all absolutely loved it so make sure you tune in on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October at 11:00am on CBeebies.

Having no doubt worked extremely hard in the run up to live filming that day and to deliver the show that evening the cast still all came out to meet the children say hello and do photographs.  Justin’s arrival in the foyer was something like what I imagine happening if George Clooney or Brad Pitt arrived at a mummy blogger event – he was swamped in seconds, children hanging off his every limb.  I did think poor bloke as at one point two children had climbed on his back whilst he was carrying one in each arm and there was one clinging to each leg.  The man is a Saint, he did nothing but smile, chat and make sure everyone who wanted a photo with him got one.  You can see how thrilled and excited my posse were can’t you?

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Thanks again so very much to the BBC for inviting us along, we had a fantastic evening and can’t wait to see “Justin’s House” episode 1 and 2 this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October on CBeebies 11:00am – 11.25am.  Set your Sky+ and keep your eyes peeled for Lil H, me and Amy @and1moremeans5 we’re on the back row, but of course!

P.s.  In other news CBeebies have launched their new Grown Ups site http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/ if your chidren watch CBeebies programmes its worth a visit, providing information for grown-ups and their children favourite programmes a place to learn more, play more and do it together.

P.p.s.  You can follow CBeebies on Twitter and Facebook at www.twitter.com/cbeebieshq and www.facebook.co.uk/cbeebies

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10 Responses to “NEW on CBeebies: Justin’s House”

  1. Emily O

    Oh wow, that sounds amazing! Love Justin. Will be tuning in to watch this weekend!

  2. susanne

    i’m just watching justin’s house with my 19 month old daughter. She is enjoying it and i’m glued to it! . . Is it wrong to enjoy children’s tv more than adult’s? Justin rocks!!

  3. tracey

    hi i have been watching justins house today and my 4 year old
    daughter was laughtinhg so much that i made sure we were in for the repeat and started to look it up on net when i came across this page it was lovely to see the children having so much fun can you please tell me how i can apply for my daughter to go along many thanks

  4. mei

    Hi, can you also please tell me how i can apply for my daughter to go along many thanks.

  5. iona macdonald

    me and my mum would love to have tea with justin and his friends ,im 5 and mum is 47 going on 7

  6. admin

    The audiences for Justin’s house are made up from schools, nurseries and children’s organisations in the local area. Tickets for this series have already been allocated, however, if you live within a 20 km radius of Salford quays, then you can email cbeebies@bbc.co.uk (put Justin’s House Audience in the subject line) to be added to the list of organisations who would like to be included in future productions.

    For all those after more details and information about how to apply to appear in the audience they can be found here:

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=257867964248513

  7. karl friendship

    hi yeah just love to say how good the justin house show and how much my 3 little ones sit down to see it on the t.v and after we have to put it on with the bbc iplay we all love justin work that he has done over the years and wish him to come there .. the one thing i would love to ask tho is how do you get tickets to see the show cuz it would be a good day out for the family and thank you again

  8. Catherine Richardson

    Hi my 5 year old brother and 7 month old son likes watching Jutlin’s House, we always watch it, never miss a show. How can you apply to be one of the audience in the show? as my brother and my son would love that or how do you get tickets to see the show? as it be a great family day out and the kids will love it.

  9. Mark

    I would just like to say that the itckets only allocated to local schoolos, nurseries and organisations is rather unfair for any other children fans of Justins House! My son is 2yrs old and sings and dances along to this mprogramme everytime its on and i would of loved to have taken him along to the show!

    I intend to research this further and will be complaining to the bbc!

  10. Sharon

    I agree with Mark’s comment you should be able to buy tickets to be a member of the audience even if you don’t live within 20km of the studio. What is the point of airing the show nationwide if there is no chance of going to see it!!
    Postcode lottery :(


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