Two North East stars of the stage and screen are celebrating their TV show Danny & Mick hitting the no.1 spot on CBBC – just before the next batch of episodes are released. The slapstick show, starring real-life brothers Danny Adams and Mick Potts, saw viewing figures for series five hit record highs in January, with another ten new episodes launching every weekday on CBBC from Monday 13 March at 8.10am.
The pair, who rose to fame in Newcastle’s Theatre Royal Pantomime, alongside dad Clive Webb, began the TV series in 2019 incorporating all the fun and frivolity they bring to the panto and their own Cirque Du Hilarious shows, which tour nationwide.
The latest series, which centres around a leisure centre where the hapless pair turn simple jobs into calamity comedy chaos, was filmed at a new location in Alnwick and is being hailed as the best yet.
Danny who plays the general dogsbody in the leisure centre, said:
“This series we’ve gone bigger and better than ever! The BBC wanted bigger stunts and we delivered – from hanging out of windows to literally sawing a caravan in half!
“The success of this show is a culmination of everything that we have worked towards. I had confidence in it – we have such a good team behind us, and I knew the potential was there so getting to number one show on CBBC is a fantastic achievement for everyone.
“We began in 2018 and it hasn’t been plain-sailing, with series three and four filmed during lockdown with social distancing – there were a lot of challenges! But since we started, we have been plugging away and this is the icing on the cake.”
Danny, who lives in Newcastle with his wife Amy and two children, says being based in the North East is a huge part of the programme’s success story.
“We started panto here at the Theatre Royal and have built a relationship with the North East over the last 18 years. The BBC knew this and wanted to film Danny & Mick up here because of our fan-base and to replicate that feel that we have when we perform live here.
“We were really keen to keep the work in the region; the locations, the actors and crew as much as we could. It is important to take the North East out of the region and put it on the map nationwide, as well as create work here. We have so many ideas to take this forward – this is just the beginning.”
The hapless brothers
The latest series sees the lads join a new leisure centre in Alnwick for a fresh start, after previously filming at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. It sees the return of former Eastenders actor Nina Wadia who stars as long-suffering boss Joy.
Viewers can expect calamity chaos as the hapless brothers blow up a pumpkin, bring down the reception ceiling, and break the central heating, turning the leisure centre into a frozen wonderland.
The show is produced by Tiger Aspect Kids & Family, the producers of Mr Bean, for the BBC. Producer Tom Beattie said:
“It does so well in the North East, there is a huge audience up here and a real love for Danny and Mick.
“I think it will continue to grow and go on and on. Danny, Mick, Nina and not forgetting Rob, who plays Lance, are fantastic comedy actors and they love what they do – and this really comes across in every episode.”
Danny and Mick fans can also catch the accident-prone pair when they appear on Blue Peter on Friday 17 March as part of Comic Relief.
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