Rufus Hound: The story of Hounded featuring ice creams, pigeons, CBBC
So. Tonight's the night. The show I've been involved with for the last three years finally goes out for people to see with their real eyes. Sorry to state the obvious, but I really hope you like it.
I really love telly. Always have, always will and when I think of my favourite telly, it's generally stuff that I watched when I was young. From The Muppets and The Getalong Gang to Dogtanian and Gamesmaster via any number of quizzes, soaps and sit-coms, I watched it, I loved it and clearly, on some level, I decided I wanted to be on it.
The channel liked the pilot but were less keen on my part in it. The show was commissioned. I was decommissioned.
But that pilot was seen by the very super people at CBBC and they said "Yes".
This was an odd thing to have said, as no one had asked them anything, but it was assumed that they were saying that they wanted something funny, with loads of special effects and a real sense that I have no idea what I'm doing.
What with them having said yes, it seemed only polite for us to go away and actually write something. Well, we would have done but it was nice out so instead we went and got ice creams and shouted at pigeons, then we wrote something.
What we came up with is Hounded and it starts on CBBC on Friday, 11 June. I play a man called Rufus Hound who is blasted into parallel universes by his future self to defeat the evil machinations of Dr Muhahahaha and his pernickety sidekick Steve.
I know what you're thinking "Not that old chestnut!" but, like I say, we were a bit busy shouting at pigeons and eating ice cream.
I mean, there are those who think that children are an incredibly discerning audience and that to do the opportunity justice we'd have had to create whole armies of Ninja Teddy Bears, Evil Clones, Broccoli Monsters, Pizza Space Ships, Wool ships, blah blah blah, but clearly we just dialled it in, opting instead for an army of Ninja Teddy Bears, Evil Clones, Broccoli Monsters, Pizza Space Ships, Wool ships and stuff like that.
So look, I hope you enjoy it. For me, it'll bring back memories of all the ice-cream I ate and all the pigeons I shouted at.
Hopefully though, you'll think that what actually happened was that some of the most creative people you'll never meet spent years of their lives bringing this insane vision to the screen.
Now, would anyone like an ice-cream?
Rufus Hound is the writer and star of Hounded, which starts on CBBC on Friday, 11 June at 5.15pm.
To find out what times Hounded is on CBBC please visit the show's upcoming episodes page.