September 14, 2008
Trio’s Appliance of Science on TV Show
By KATHERINE ELLIOTT
Three Torbay youngsters will be appearing alongside Richard Hammond in a new television programme to be aired in the new year.
Oliver King, Jenny Roberts and Robert Taylor were picked from hundreds of hopefuls to star in the new science-based CBBC series with the popular Top Gear presenter.
The trio have already completed filming for the show.
Olly's mum Mya explained how the year six Abbey School pupils got involved in the production: "Jenny is a science fan and saw CBBC was advertising for school children to take part in a new science- based gameshow, so she applied online for herself Olly, and Robert to take part.
"They all had to have individual interviews over the telephone and send off a video of the three of them together."
Having been successful Olly, Robert and Jenny had to travel to London for a tough morning of filming.
"The production company had to film two episodes per day so Olly and the others had to film from 10am to 2pm," said Mya.
"They had to do all sorts of things such as science-based quizzes that tested their brain power with some very hard questions, and in the final event Olly had to swim in a pool of gunge to try and stop the other team getting all the prizes.
"Best of all was that Olly's team won so the three of them got all sorts of prizes from Hamleys in London."
Mya added: "It was filmed in the GMTV studios which was great. The children met some of the presenters and apparently Ant and Dec, Holly Willoughby and Dermot O'Leary were in the building somewhere. We didn't see them, but it was all very exciting.
"I think they would love to do it all over again but they came home with some lovely prizes.
"And although I didn't get to meet Richard Hammond, the children said he was really good with them and very encouraging."
The new CBBC series, Richard Hammond's Blast Lab, will air early next year.
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