Sunderland children bid to bring their favourite books to TV

Youngsters from Northern Saints CE Primary School during their visit to Seven Stories.

Youngsters from Northern Saints CE Primary School during their visit to Seven Stories.

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YOUNGSTERS were given the chance to pitch their ideas to TV bosses in the hope of seeing their favourite books come alive on the small screen.

Year 5 pupils from Sunderland’s Northern Saints CE Primary School went along to the Seven Stories children’s book centre in Newcastle to make presentations to a panel of experts as part of the CBBC Live event in Newcastle and Gateshead.

The children worked with drama facilitator Jackie Phillips to choose books they would like to see adapted for television.

Panel judges included author Simon Bartram, whose latest book is about a football team reaching a cup final and heavily influenced by his life as a Sunderland fan, and CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor.

Simon said: “We had a fantastic time listening to the kids pitching their books to be made into TV programmes or series for CBBC.

“The children’s presentations were absolutely fantastic.

“There is so much talent in this class, and they really convinced us that these books would be a really good fit for television.”

Cheryl added: “All three judges were really impressed with all of the pitches, so we had to pick two winners in the end.

“For the first winner, we thought they had a wonderful choice of book – My Dad’s a Birdman, by David Almond. We thought that is a very imaginative tale that would make a lovely one-off. Then we picked The Worst Team in the World by Alan MacDonald because the group was so engaged and involved with the book and really conveyed why they love it and why they think there should be more football on CBBC.”

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