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 41.

    Hello I have a 4 year old who is Mad on Justin's house is there any way I could purchase tickets for a show and anywhere that has started to sell any Justins house merchandise? Thank you

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    Comment number 42.

    my 3 year old loves this programme, how do i apply for tickets??

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    Comment number 43.

    A tour would be a great idea - hopefully the BBC will consider it!

    @dfens73......no need to gloat love - don't give us Northerners a bad name.

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    Comment number 44.

    hi my children are mad on justin. as a amazing present i would love to organise for them and their school to be in the justin audienec. if you could plase let me know how i can do think. many thanks for taking the time to read this

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    Comment number 45.

    help trying to find out info on tickets for justins house does anyone know ?
    was reading up and some say its just for schools is this true ?

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    Comment number 46.

    OMG, I can't believe how many requests there are for tickets to see Justins house live. This show is really special to my my 4 year old daughter too & I know she would be extatic if she could be part of the audience. Surely something can be done to see that these kids get to see the show live.

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    Comment number 47.

    My 4 yr old discovered Justin's House 3 weeks ago and can't get enough of it. We live just under 40 miles away from Salford and would love to be part of the audience. Please let me know if you decide to extend the boundary wider than the 20km radius of Salford. I thought when the BBC moved to Manchester all of us northerners would have a chance to participate. It's not fair to limit it to Manchester only. What about Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool? There are plenty of kids here too you know!

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    Comment number 48.

    first off i have three kids aged 2 3 and 5 all three are desperate to be on the show i think the fact that they pick children from schools/nurserys locally is fair, all the people asking to buy/donate for tickets [edited] can you imagine 150 kids with all of the parents would be a nightmare.

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    Comment number 49.

    Just to add mine to the many, many similar comments. We have children who would most definitely love to go to Justin's house... whilst it's not too far to travel, we are most definitely outside the 20 mile radius. In the theme tune Justin sings that "everyone is welcome here in Justin's house", perhaps "everyone is welcome here in Justin's house, if you live within 20 miles of Salford" just didn't fit into the tune??!! Very much looking forward to hearing about a wider acceptance for audience participation or a tour. It's a fantastic show.

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    Comment number 50.

    My Children love Justin and his new home....we have even spent time at weekends down at media city just so they can see the Cbeebies building in the hope they see Justin or any of the other presenters. Please can you let me know how to get tickets to be in the audience and finally get beyond the barrier! They would just love it!!

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    Comment number 54.

    Hi I have a girl of three and a half who loves Justin's house and watches it every weekend. It's all she talks about and I'm just wondered how i could get her a ticket for a live show. Also are there any other events she may like to go to.

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    Comment number 55.

    Due to the fact that normal families are unable to gain tickets for this fantastic show (well done again Justin, my children absolutely love your shows!!!!), would the producers consider doing a countrywide roadshow that could involve schools, nurseries and other children organisations from other counties within the UK? These roadshows could also be filmed live.

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    Comment number 56.

    Will there be a DVD out ready for Christmas? I think this would be a lovely stocking filler.

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    Comment number 59.

    Dear Ceebbies, Congratulations!!! On the huge success of Justin's House. My 4 Year old absolutely loves the show; she sings along and follows Justin's instructions in our lounge. We have tried explaining to her that it is not possible to go Justin's House. However it is her wish that we visit him on her Birthday!

    I would agree with all the comments above and would like to suggest that BBC should do a similar show like "in the night Garden" in O2 Arena and off course different location in England. They would be a big hit as it would be by Public Demand. I hope BBC will re-consider its current policies on selection of audience in respect of this show.

    Thank you

    IQ

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    Comment number 60.

    my daughter is nearly 7 yrs old and has learning difficulties and mobility problems and attends a special needs school she has come a long way in the last yr but any way she absolutley loves something special and gigglebiz and she really loves justins house and it would make her day if she would be able to be in the audience please make my daughter happy and say that she can many thanks

 

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