Lights, camera, action as pupils make TV show about Sir John

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FOUR children got up for school earlier than usual to watch themselves make their TV debut.

James Allen, 11, Callum Roberts, 11, Maisy Leadbitter, ten, and Hannah Stobbs, ten, who are pupils at Todmorden C of E School, helped to make a programme for the BBC about the life of Sir John Cockcroft.

The quartet filmed at Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club’s Halliwell Jones Stadium, Daresbury Laboratories in Warrington, and at Sir John’s former home in Walsden.

Hannah said it was a bit weird being on camera.

“It was really complicated and difficult but it was fun,” she said.

“It was a really good experience seeing how it’s all put together.

“It’s a lot of hard work but in the end it pays off.”

The four pupils filmed a segment for the BBC’s History Hunt programme, which was aired on Tuesday morning.

They researched Sir John’s work on splitting the atom and looked at issues surrounding nuclear power.

They also spoke to Sir John’s son and nephew about his work.

Maisy said: “At the start we didn’t really know who Sir John Cockcroft was but by the end we knew everything about him.”

Teacher Ruth Lee said she was very proud of them.

“They had no idea that the BBC were coming in.

“It was the experience of a lifetime,” she said.

“It’s something they will remember for ever.”

A special Oscars style screening of the programme is being planned at school.