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Young stage duo land dream presenting jobs

PUBLISHED: 18:34 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

TWO young thespians are set to become children s television stars after landing jobs as presenters on a hit show.

TWO young thespians are set to become children's television stars after landing jobs as presenters on a hit show.

Luke Roberts, 23, and Catherine Sandion, 24, both from Bexley, were selected to present Hi-5, a show due to be aired on Sky from Monday, November 3. Producers hope the show will become a UK hit with two to six-year-olds, following its success in attracting 5 million viewers worldwide since its launch in Australia 11 years ago.

The five-strong cast of Australia's Hi-5 are household names - fifth on the nation's rich list and earning $18 million a year.

Mr Roberts, who lives with his parents in Arbuthnot Lane, Bexleyheath, said: "We're genuinely shocked that we live so close - a lot of people auditioned. It's very weird because we seem to have all the same friends yet have never met each other."

The programme will be shown three times a day and will have a Teletubbies-style simplicity with each presenter having their own colour and personality.

Mr Roberts, a former pupil at Cleeve Park School, Sidcup, will be the 'red' presenter and is described on the show as 'cheeky'.

'Sporty' Miss Sandion, from Welling, whose colour on the show is green, said: "This is my first big job. I never expected to be doing children's television - it's a really hard nut to crack. I always wanted to be a presenter but never could have thought it might come so fast. I might have aimed for this in years to come." The former St Catherine's Catholic School for Girls pupil studied at The BRIT School before getting a scholarship to study dance and theatre performance at Bexley's Bird College.

She added: "The filming was about as hard as I had expected it to be - very tough. We were working 12 hour days and it was pretty intense.

We filmed 40 episodes in 10 weeks."

The duo will now wait to see whether the show becomes popular enough to warrant a tour - more than 2 million tickets have been sold worldwide for Hi-5 concerts.

Hi-5 will appear on Cartoonito, Sky channel 619, Mondays to Fridays at 8am, 11am and 3pm. It will become available to terrestrial viewers on GMTV by Spring 2009.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk


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