CBBC Live heads to Newcastle and Gateshead

Hacker the Dog looking cute in the CBBC studio Hacker will be taking his meat paste sandwiches to northeast England

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Some of CBBC's stars and shows will broadcast live from Newcastle and Gateshead during May half-term.

They will be part of CBBC Live between 29 to 31 May, when members of the public can also see preview screenings and try out hands-on activities.

The children's channel hopes to repeat the success of its first CBBC Live, which took place in Leeds last summer.

Around 40,000 people attended the three-day event where Lindsey Russell was also announced as the 36th presenter of Blue Peter.

CBBC canine star Hacker the Dog declared he couldn't wait for the May event, adding that it would be "top notch".

"I've never been to Newcastle or Gateshead beforeā€¦ are they like Wigan where I'm from? Hope they sell meat paste," he concluded.

Northeast focus

The Tyneside event has been organised by BBC North with the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Gateshead Council and Newcastle City Council.

CBBC Live is the latest event announced for northeast England, a region where the BBC has traditionally struggled to gain audiences compared to the rest of the UK, and where many people feel their lives are not fairly reflected, according to audience research.

Maddy (AIMEE KELLY) and Rhydian (BOBBY LOCKWOOD) in woodland Wolfblood films around Rowlands Gill in Tyne and Wear

The children's channel films some of its most popular shows in the region, including fantasy drama Wolfblood and Tracy Beaker spin-off The Dumping Ground.

They have also commissioned new drama Hattie's Army and fly-on-the-wall documentary Our School, which will also be made across northeast England.

BBC North will also stage a live adaptation of the Passion story from South Shields on Good Friday for BBC One.

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