CBeebies Grown-ups

Gem from Swashbuckle is pretty excited about being in her first CBeebies Christmas show. We caught up with her to hear all about it...

What’s it been like being in your first CBeebies Christmas show?
I've absolutely LOVED IT, I felt like I was living every child's dream, spending time with and working alongside such a variety of amazing CBeebies presenters and performers. I was very welcomed in to the CBeebies family and enjoyed every moment of it.

What character do you play?
I play one of Scrooge's office workers alongside Alex and Chris. Scrooge is very mean to us and makes us work in a very cold office and I really don't like the cold!

What did you most enjoy about being in the production?
I most enjoyed spending time with the cast as we all work on the same channel, but we don't usually get to work alongside each other, so it was great to hang out with old friends and make some new ones. It's funny, we all know OF each other, having seen everyone on TV, but we didn't all know each other until spending a week in Sheffield together!!

How did doing A CBeebies Christmas Carol differ from doing Swashbuckle?
There were a lot of similarities, I got to see two of my naughty pirates, watch a bit of slapstick fun and have lots of laughs, the only difference was that no-one had to walk the plank!!

What was it like performing alongside all the other Children’s TV stars?
I learnt SO much!! It is really interesting seeing how people work, some people like to go over their lines a lot and rehearse with people in their scene even when they're not asked to, some like to sit around and have a good old chat, others have to take lots of phone calls and send emails...it's a real mixture. I just tried to cherish every moment and tried to actually get to know everyone and hopefully make some new long term friends!!

Any funny moments during filming? Did everyone remember their lines?
I laughed EVERY day whilst rehearsing and recording the show. There are so many great, talented people around and lots who made me giggle, like Alex – he often had me crying with laughter, as we rehearsed our song, he kept mispronouncing a word on purpose that just really tickled me!! There were moments when most of us forgot our lines or didn't quite hit our marks, but thankfully we did four performances to redeem ourselves!!

What do you think the audience will most enjoy about the Show?
They will LOVE seeing all of their favourite CBeebies characters in roles they haven't seen them in before. I'm sure it'll take some of them a brief moment to recognise us, but when they do I think they'll get swept away in the magic of the show. There are fantastic (and VERY catchy!) songs that they will sing along with and my naughty pirates do me proud by providing a lot to laugh at!!

How will you be spending Christmas this year?
I'm looking forward to spending time celebrating Jesus' birthday with my friends and family and preparing for my winter wedding which is happening early next year! Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas, may the new year bring you lots of love and laughter!! x

A CBeebies Christmas Carol will be on CBeebies on Friday 20th December at 4.45pm


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  • Comment number 3. Posted by lammasita

    on 24 Dec 2013 10:21

    I just have to say that this year's production of a Christmas Carol was absolutley FANTASTIC!!! What a marvellous and wonderful gift to see some of the presenters that i used to watch as a child... it made me cry - every time I have watched it with my boys... how I would have loved to have been at the actual shows. i thought everyone sang beautifully - looked gorgeous and did justice to such a magical story. Thankyou for giving us such a brilliant production - the whole cast, producers and writers deserve a massive pat on the back for delivering such a professional pantomime. Happy Christmas to you all xxxx

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Eno

    on 20 Dec 2013 17:34

    Just finished watching the show, OMG!! guys you were amazing!!! me and my 20 month old danced along with the Fishwicks and sang along with most of the songs. Obviously he doesn't he understand but I did and I loved every minute of it. Have to say though I cried a bit at the end, and I am sure there were other grown ups crying too. WELL DONE everyone and thank you for a beautiful show!!

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Emmaki12

    on 20 Dec 2013 11:41

    Me and 6 year old daughter were lucky enough to be on the front row of one of the panto recordings. It was such good fun, we had an amazing and magical time. Almost every member of the cast acknowledged my daughter at some point during the show, which made her entire year. We can't wait to watch it again tonight. I hope she gets to see herself otherwise I'll never hear the end of it! Lol
    A massive well done to everyone involved with this production wish you could film it in Sheffield every year x

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