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 142.

    My daughter loves watching the show her birthdays coming up I wanted to surprise her, i wanted to bring her to the studio and she could be in the auddiens. she loves wathing justins house.

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    Comment number 143.

    I would like to know how to get the tickets to Justin house could you please help me with this luv Fuzia

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    Comment number 144.

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

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    Comment number 145.

    How can I take my children to Justin's House? Nothing'll make them more happy.

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    Comment number 146.

    Just to add to all of the other comments - please open up Justin's house to children from all areas. Don't want to complain, but I agree it would be better not to pan to the audience if the tickets aren't open to all, as a previous writer suggested. However, would much prefer that tickets were available for sale. Thanks.

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    Comment number 147.

    I must admit i had a quick search for tickets to the show as my lad loves the show , now would everyone please calm down if you will take a look at the audience it is obviously School classes from the small number of adults that you will see. Can you imagine the carnage of opening it up in the studio to family's with all the bags with lunchs in ,and all the scrambling for the best seats along with the mums forgetting to turn their phones off and wanting to take pictures . I'm sure a tour will follow soon so please no more begging for tickets and moaning that the show is only open to schools locally to the show . BBC carry on the good work with this and the many other programmes that you do as it gives added value to the license fee.

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    Comment number 148.

    my 2 year old loves justins house,( something special and anything else with justin in she even has a justin cd in the car!!) and would love to see the show live but as it seems this is not possible at the moment i have a different request and that is please, please, please make some new episodes of justins house as we (the whole family) know this series by heart!!!

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    Comment number 149.

    Are there any plans to extend to nurseries in other parts of the country? Seems a shame it's only local schools.

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    Comment number 150.

    hi.....i love justin's house and so do my 2 children 3 and 4.....we would love to know how to get tickets for it or a cbeebies panto. Justin flecher is great, he can enertain my kids for hours and thats not easy, we enjoy all his programs, and my son thinks Andy is great (Andy's Adventures) too. Maybe tickets can be purchased through schools or childrens centres for cbeebies shows, pls let me know, the school children would to meet some cbeebies characters.

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    Comment number 151.

    Hi My both 6yr old and 2 yr old simply love justin house and i was wondering how i can get them to be an audience for this show.

    any info would be useful

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    Comment number 152.

    Hi my daughter adores Justin's house, how can we apply for tickets to watch the show live? Many thanks Diana

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    Comment number 153.

    Thank you for your comments.

    We realise that there is great interest in attending the Justin House studios from our audience and from the programme makers point of view it is essential to have live reactions from children. The audiences help Justin and the writers get comedy that children really laugh at.

    Some people have asked why all our studio recordings are in Salford. The cost of making the show in different locations would be very high, but due to the number of requests from around the UK, we are looking into the possibility of touring the show in the future. In the meantime, the second series will be made in Salford while we do the necessary costings for a tour.

    Others have asked why we only invite school groups and not individual children with a parent/carer. We require audiences of children as opposed to individual children with accompanying adults and by only inviting school groups we can offer the maximum amount of children the opportunity to take part and see a studio audience primarily composed of children.

    While we looked into an open invitation to children of Reception and Year 1 age at any school to attend our studios in Salford, a number of issues made this impossible:

    1. We record in school time and have a duty to ensure children are not taken out of school for whole days.
    2. While the children are not making a performance and only members of the audience we observe the same guidelines provided for children working as performers in the entertainment industry. This governs the times that travel can commence and so we think it is inappropriate to ask young children to travel long distances.

    We hope this helps explain the decision that we made to restrict our invitation to audiences in an area close to Salford.

    We are holding a ballot on the 17th April to select schools for the second series, if your school or organisation meets the criteria you can apply to be included here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/static/nonsa
    Everyone who has emailed the CBeebies inbox and fits the criteria has been automatically entered into the ballot.


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    Comment number 154.

    We are wondering if there was any way we could get hold of tickets to watch Justins House, we are big fans!!!!

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    Comment number 155.

    Justin's House must be the greatest thing since sliced bread! Justin Fletcher is ever so excellent at what he does. My husband and I secretly enjoys Justin's House as much as our 1 and 1/2 year old.

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    Comment number 157.

    May I echo all the strongly positive comments here regarding Justin's House? It is so refreshing to see our (nearly) three years old son sitting on the sofa and laughing out loud at the talented antics of Justin Fletcher and his fellow crew. Our boy first absolutely loved Gigglebiz: the slapstick style was right up his street. Now that his language skills are improving he can follow the more complex stories and situations that really make Justin's House so special and interestingly unique in UK-originated children's TV programmes. No violence, swearing, 'sexualisation', strobe lights or animation. Just real people, being real nice. The theme music is (like Gigglebiz) very catchy and kids just love that opening song from the moment the red button is pressed! Hats off to you all at CBeebies for commissioning the series - and may I also plead for you to continue pursuing a live touring show. I'm sure it would be a sell-out!

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    Comment number 158.

    would love my daughter to part take in the audience of justins house. shes 2 and loves the show. brought her to belfast to justin switch on xmas lights she loved seeing him x

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    Comment number 159.

    I have a 3 year old daughter who absolutely loves this programme. She keeps telling me she is going to go to Justin's House when she is bigger!! I was really dissapointed to read that you have to live in a 20 mile radius of salford to apply for the audience. We live in Cardiff, please consider schools/nurseries from other areas of the uk, I'm sure there would be a huge interest, or maybe consider selling tickets?

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    Comment number 160.

    We LOVE Little Monster (me and my kid!)


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