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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    Comment number 81.


    Like many others on here, is there any chance of geting tickets for my daughter to participate in Justins House.

    My daughters school would dearly love to paticipate also.

    Best wishes


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    Comment number 82.

    Hi how we get the ticket to participate this show? My daughter is really love this show

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    Comment number 83.

    It would appear that just as many adults want to be in Justin's audience as there are children!

    My 6 year old daughter grew up learning Makaton with Justin and Mr Tumble as part of her speech therapy. Since then she, and her 4 year old brother, are still big fans of Justin and his Gigglebiz and Justin's house.

    The parents call for the BBC to take this show on the road is an excellent idea! So come on BBC!!! Think of the children... Justin Fletcher has once again excelled himself in providing fun and laughter to the future generation of BBC viewers.

    Looking forward to seeing those tour dates...

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    Comment number 84.

    Like Many other parents I would love to take my son to see Justin. He watches Justins House and just laughs through the entire program. Come on Auntie Beeb, take the show on the road so that lots more children can experience the show live!

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    Comment number 85.

    I would just like to know why the spaces for the audience members are only allocated to schools etc and also why only within the 20km distance? My daughter
    loves this programme. Thanks Amanda

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    Comment number 86.

    Both my children love Justins House and bounce around the living room as if they were there! I think a roadshow would be fantastic and would definatley take my two, i know others that would go too

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    Comment number 87.

    I think your theme tune of "everybodys welcome here in justins house" is a little misleading!!!!

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    Comment number 88.

    Justin's house is big in Ireland too, An Irish tour would be great

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    Comment number 89.

    You have 88 comments on here asking for kids to be in the audience of justins house and I am making it 89! PLEASE respond and do a tour or something! your viewers are desperate to be part of it! PLEASE!!!

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    Comment number 90.

    I have got to say that i agree with most of the above. My two have grown up watching justin (giglebiz, sarah and justin?, etc). It is a shame that it is not open to the public, just the schools. If this ever changes please let me know as you would make two kids V. happy

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    Comment number 91.

    There are 90 posts on here, most of which are asking about tickets for Justin's house. How many replies from the bbc? 1!!! My kids love this and it would be great to take them to see it, bbc would make a lot money and a lot of kids very happy if they released tickets for this show.

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    Comment number 92.

    Please can anyone tell me where I can buy tickets for my son for Justin's House?

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    Comment number 93.

    I have to agree with everyone, there is a massive demand for Justin's house to tour, BBC there is money to be made from this! Justins house has a huge audience and is very popular everywhere. I think it would sell out! My dauhter is 5 and I know that she's always asking to go in the audience and so are her friends.
    Please BBC bring the audience there tour for 2012!

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    Comment number 94.


    im another mother whose 2 children aged 5 and 3 are desperate to go to justins house. i can see from the 90+ other comments that this is a popular request so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give our children a chance. I am willing to travel any distance so my children can be on the show but need the chance to but tickets.
    Congrats on this great show and the requests to partipate mush show you how popular the show and especially Justin is.
    Thanks, louise.

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    Comment number 95.

    Sorry to be a bore but need to add to the tsunami of comments that you should open up the show for applications from individual kids from beyond the 20km. My 4 year old is OBSESSED and spends a huge amount of time pretending to be Justin. He knows all the songs and catchphrases. It would mean the world to him, and thousands like him, to come along and be in the show. COME ON GUYS - SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY!!!!!

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    Comment number 97.

    I would also like to know how i can get my kids on Justins House...Please if anyone knows can you let me know...My two are forever shouting in the lounge when it's on "JUSTINS HOUSE". They would love it if i could get them on it :)

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    Comment number 98.

    how do i get tickets for justins house - my daughter loves it!!

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    Comment number 99.

    how do i get tickets for justins house, my daughter loves it

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    Comment number 100.

    hi both my girls love this show and join in every time i see that you only have local schools but can you please consider widening this to be a trip for other schools ect or is there a tour becoming available please keep me informed if this happens will love you forever if you do ( creep creep lol ) ty


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