Justin's House

Friday 7 October 2011, 17:03

Catherine Carey Catherine Carey

Justin's House, CBeebies brand new comedy starring Justin Fletcher is finally here! We caught up with the show's two runners, Beth and Elliot to find out what it's been like working on the first ever CBeebies show to be filmed in front of a live studio audience...

So what does being a runner on Justin's House involve?

B: Basically, being a runner involves assisting the production team however we're needed.

E: That can be anything from general fetching and carrying, to sending CDs and lyric sheets to the local schools involved so that they can learn the songs for the show. We're also on 'Little Monster Duty' every other week meaning I get to take part in the show and help our puppeteer, Kat operate Little Monster, who pops up all over the place in Justin's House causing trouble.

What's Justin's House all about?

B: Justin's House is a slapstick, pantomime style comedy, and probably the closest thing CBeebies has to a sitcom! It's filmed in front of a live audience of 150 children which is a new experience for all of us...

E: In the first episode Justin (messy, prone to slapstick accidents) moves into his new house where he meets Robert, his extremely tidy live-in robot helper, and Little Monster, who the kids go crazy for - especially when she's being chased around the set by Justin and Robert! Every episode Dee Livery, (the delivery lady) comes to deliver the 'Justin Times', Justin's own personal newspaper. It tells him what's happening in Justin Town that day or which special guest is coming to visit - each episode it's a different CBeebies star, prepare yourself for some very funny cameos..

B: Throughout the rest of the series we see them play games, sing songs, cause chaos and throw a few custard pies along the way. .

What's an average day like for you in the studio?

B: An average day in the studio is very busy but great fun. In the morning we rehearse both shows with the cameras for the first time, which is amazing considering that only gives one morning to rehearse both episodes with actors and the camera crew together. We get the audience in and seated (no mean feat with 150 3-5 year olds!) then the filming begins. During the week our researchers Anna and Ellie visit them at school to teach them the songs for each episode so on the day the whole audience can sing along and get really involved.

E: It still really amazes me how much impact the live audience has on the show as their laughter and reaction to what they're seeing on stage really breathes new life into the shows that we've been rehearsing all week.

Beth and Elliot

Do you have a favourite episode?

B: My favourite episode is called 'The Tidy Prize', where Chris Jarvis visits to show off about the Tidy Prize he has won for being the Tidiest person in Justin Town. Robert the Robot loves tidying, and is put out by Chris' Tidy Prize and his top-of-the-range feather duster 'The Featherard 500'. Chris tries to teach Robert and Justin how to be as tidy but, they quickly realise that being tidy is actually really boring and get Little Monster on the case to trick Chris into getting really messy!

E: I really enjoyed 'Get Fit Justin', where Justin, spurred on by Robert and Katie from 'I Can Cook', decides it's time for a healthier lifestyle. There's a sequence where Justin runs to the shops to pick up salad ingredients only to come back each time to discover that they were already in the house. That whole scene really brought home what a funny guy Justin is and his wheezing and panting to the various camera positions showed you just how much stuff he has to remember in a scene.

What have you most enjoyed about working on Justin's house so far?

B: I think helping Kat do Little Monster in the first episode is still my favourite moment of the series. This one of my first jobs in Children's TV, so it was really warming to be able to see how much the audience enjoyed the show and to hear them go mad for Justin and Little Monster.

E: The evening before we filmed the 'custard' episode with Auntie Justina, the cast and crew of the show gathered in the loading bay of the studio to watch Justin practice the show's end scene. This involved him placing a custard-filled bowler hat on his head that projected a stream of custard into the air. I remember standing watching and thinking that a couple of months before that moment I was working behind a bar and now I'm involved in something where I get to watch Mr. Tumble shoot custard from his head! It was a surreal but very enjoyable moment.

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    how can i get my children to go to justin house please anyone known

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    My 3 1/2 year old has watched the first two episodes of Justin's House and loves it. He wants to be in the audience. Could you direct me to how we can apply to join the recording of an episode? Many thanks

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    Hello I am trying to find out if tickets are available for children to join the audience when this programme is filmed and where it is filmed. If not is there any plans to make a 'theatre' type show and travel around. My daughter loves this programme and the others that Justin is in and it would be really good to see a live show? Thanks

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    Comment number 4.

    major congrats on justin's house . i have a 3 year old and an 16 month old , both watch something special and giggle biz and only watch cebeebies, so justins house is a massive hit!!! i would love to find out how to get my little one to the live show? also we are going to watch chris and poi at the end of this month, my 3 year loves show me show me too . any info on going to justins house i wqould be very greatful

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    Comment number 5.

    My daughter Jasmine has just turned 7 she absolutely loves Justin and Justins House! Could you possibly tell me how the audience for the live shows are picked if there is a link or an address to apply.
    She has always been an avid Justin fan from when she was tiny, if she could apply for the live show would absolutely make all her Christmas's come at once.
    Kind Regards

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    Comment number 6.

    Hello, thanks for all the lovely comments, we're really glad to hear you're all enjoying the show. 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.

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    Comment number 7.

    Hello, can you let us know when you need more schools please. Thanks.

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    Comment number 8.

    Hi,my daughter is great fan of Justin so please can you let me how she can participate as an audience in Justin House just to meet and watch Justin in Justin's House.Awaiting for your positive and soon reply.If you want I will send her date of birth and evidence you need to take participate as a audience.

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    Comment number 9.

    my daughter really wants to be on show how can you get on the show please let me know
    thanks

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    Comment number 10.

    Hi my daughter is 6 years of age and has Down's Syndrome, she adores Justin Fletcher in Something Special. She is watching Justin's House 24/7 at the moment and I would love her to visit Justin's house and take part in the audience, she would be so excited and seeing her face light up would be so wonderful. How can I make this happen?

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    Comment number 11.

    Hi, will Justin's house be going on tour around the country? Great show for all ages. Thanks

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    Comment number 12.

    I'm another mum with girls so eager to participate in the audience. Oh please widen your acceptance of those allowed to go along to the shows. Or, tour please!!

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    Comment number 13.

    Like all the other parents posting here, my kids - aged 4 and 6 - just LOVE Justin's House and desperately want to be in the audience ! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE open up the audience participation to allow parents to buy tickets to attend, even if it's not all the shows ! After all, the BBC is supposed to be saving money so here's a way that we would willingly contribute more to the BBC coffers !!!

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    Comment number 14.

    I agree with all the positive comments and I would love to take my 3 year old to Justins House, she would love it. Any ideas how we can get ticket.

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    Comment number 16.

    Hi, Please please please can you help i have a 6 year old daughter with Downs syndrome and she absolutly loves justin. What do you have to do to be part of the audience for Justins house or any other show that he does we would be prepared to travel as this would make our daughter very happy. hope to here form you soon xx

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    Comment number 17.

    hi my granson loves justins house and him as mr tumbles how can i get him on the show please can you help

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    Comment number 18.

    yes start to sell tickets that would be great

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    Comment number 19.

    Hi, like all the comments above my daughter also loves anything to do with Justin! A tour would be a wonderful idea!!!!!!! How about it, Catherine??? PLEASE?

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