Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Our Little Stars Are Screen Ready; NORTH EAST CHILDREN TO FEATURE IN FLY-ON-WALL TV SHOW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Our Little Stars Are Screen Ready; NORTH EAST CHILDREN TO FEATURE IN FLY-ON-WALL TV SHOW

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Byline: SAM WONFOR Reporter sam.wonfor@ncjmedia.co.uk

TWO North East five-year-olds are looking forward to getting a taste of fame through starring roles in the latest instalment of Channel 4's exploration of the dramas of the playground.

Popular series The Secret Life of Five-Year-Olds returns tonight for a special two-parter, focused on examining the difference between boys and girls - observing them both separately and together.

And Oliver Dudman from Forest Hall and Alice Maguire from Low Fell in Gateshead, who have both turned six since the shoot took place last summer, are among the groups of primary school boys and girls who were filmed.

The pair, who didn't know each other before the cameras started rolling, both attended a casting in Leeds last spring after their respective mums, Natasha Dudman and Nikki Maguire, filled in an application form following an episode of the Bafta-nominated series, which has so far taken a look at the secret lives of four, five and six-year-olds.

"It was a spur-of-the-moment thing," laughs Nikki, who lives with Alice and husband Dave. "At the end of the show they appealed for people interested in having their child take part in the next series. I thought Alice would be great on it, and so I applied, not really expecting to hear anything." Natasha, who has an older son, Ellis, nine, with husband Lee, tells an identical story. "Oliver is a pretty outgoing little boy and I thought it might be something he'd enjoy, but you never think you're going to get picked," she said.

Some 11,000 children were put forward for the series, which is made by RDF Television, but only 10 boys and 10 girls were selected for the filming sessions in a school in Hammersmith, London, during the summer.

"The idea behind the series was basically to observe whatever differences there might be between boys and girls," said Nikki. …

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