Justin Fletcher

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Justin Fletcher
MBE
Born (1970-06-15) 15 June 1970 (age 48)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Occupation Comedian, actor, presenter
Notable work Fun Song Factory
Tweenies
Tikkabilla
Something Special
Shaun the Sheep
Gigglebiz
Justin's House
Tiny Tumble
Jollywobbles
Awards BAFTA Children's Awards 2008 Best Presenter

Justin Fletcher, MBE (born 15 June 1970)[1] is a children's television presenter and actor on the BBC pre-school television channel CBeebies,[2] speaking and performing in various, often self-created, roles. He specialises in slapstick comedy and work with special needs children through his show Something Special. Fletcher also appears as the award-winning comedian, Mr Tumble.

Biography[edit]

Born in Reading, Berkshire, Fletcher is the son of songwriter Guy Fletcher. He has three sisters. He currently lives in Winnersh, Wokingham, Berkshire.[3]

Career[edit]

Prior to starting at Guildford, Fletcher worked for a company in Reading called Sounds Good. He worked as a production assistant making audio cassette tapes. He was remembered for his ability to make a humdrum job fun.

While studying drama at the Guildford School of Acting, in his final year he started to regularly watch Phillip Schofield in the BBC1 broom cupboard with Gordon the Gopher, and decided that a career in children's television was for him.[4] He then met Phillip Schofield, who suggested that he should make a short reel to showcase to TV executives.

Having sketched out various comedic characters, he put together a show reel called Justin Time, which encompassed two different characters: Anna Conda, a myopic reptile-house warden; and Arthur Sleep, a regional newsreader who has difficulty staying awake and can sleep anywhere no matter what.[4] Both characters would later be used for his CBeebies show Gigglebiz.[4] Sent to various broadcasters and production companies his first show after graduation was Fun Song Factory for GMTV, working with Dave Benson Phillips.[5]

BBC and CBeebies[edit]

He was part of the Tikkabilla programme, out of which was spun Higgledy House, a slapstick comedy for children with Sarah-Jane Honeywell, which progressed to the very popular Mr Tumble. Justin Fletcher has also voiced the characters of Doodles and Jake in Tweenies, Miguel in Finley the Fire Engine, Sleeping Bear and Growling Tiger in CBeebies' Boo!, with additional voices in Todd World, Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time. In 2006 Fletcher became a presenter on CBeebies but left in 2007.

Through his own production company, Fletcher developed Something Special, which he presents while signing in Makaton, a type of sign language.[6]

In November 2008, CBeebies aired three different pilots made by Fletcher, with the possibility of one of them becoming a full-time series. They were called Humphrey the Painter, Gigglebiz and Captain Adorable. In January 2009, an announcement by CBeebies was made that Gigglebiz would become the regular show, starting in September 2009, with the Humphrey and Captain Adorable characters being included, which was now a series of character-based comedy sketches linked by jokes told by children.[4][7]

His voice over work for CBBC includes voicing Harold from Thomas the Tank Engine, which he has performed on BBC Radio 4, arena tour and pantomime. Fletcher is a relief continuity presenter for CBeebies' presentation links and regularly performed on the CBeebies radio station on BBC Radio 7 until its change to BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2011.

Fletcher also appears as himself along with a range of animated characters in the Bee Bright series of award-winning educational DVDs.[8]

He also occasionally appears in a show called The Hollies School.

Justin's House[edit]

In October 2011, CBeebies began broadcasting Justin's House starring Fletcher with Steven Kynman[9] as "Robert the Robot" and Jane Deane as "Dee Livery".[10] The show is based in Fletcher's fictional house, and recorded live in front of a studio audience at the Studios, MediaCityUK, operated by Media City Studios Limited. The show was later renewed for a second series, with some changes - including having a party theme, dropping Dee Livery, and some set redesign. Justin's House is filmed in the same studio as Match of the Day.

Ratings[edit]

Episode ratings from BARB.[11]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers Share CBeebies weekly ranking
1
8 October 2011
675,000
7.1%
2
2
9 October 2011
716,000
7.8%
1
3
15 October 2011
535,000
6.0%
5
4
16 October 2011
744,000
7.8%
1
5
22 October 2011
570,000
6.8%
6
6
23 October 2011
715,000
6.3%
1
7
29 October 2011
634,000
4.2%
1
8
30 October 2011
497,000
8.0%
5
9
5 November 2011
464,000
5.3%
5
10
6 November 2011
527,000
5.7%
1
11
12 November 2011
526,000
6.7%
6
12
13 November 2011
Under 485,000
3.3%
Outside Top 10
13
19 November 2011
537,000
6.5%
4
14
20 November 2011
Under 497,000
5.8%
Outside Top 10
15
26 November 2011
Under 461,000
5.5%
Outside Top 10
16
27 November 2011
489,000
5.4%
4
17
3 December 2011
Under 486,000
6.1%
Outside Top 10
18
4 December 2011
510,000
4.0%
5
19
10 December 2011
409,000
6.3%
3
20
11 December 2011
572,000
6.1%
1
23
15 December 2011
800,000
6.4%
2
21
17 December 2011
Under 581,000
6.3%
Outside Top 10
22
18 December 2011
Under 581,000
3.3%
Outside Top 10

Other work[edit]

Starting in 1998 Fletcher presented the Fun Song Factory for the GMTV series for three years as his first full-time presenting role.

He owns a production company, Scrumptious House, which has released a DVD called Let's Sing Nursery Rhymes with Justin Fletcher.

In the CITV channel programme Jim Jam and Sunny, he is the voice of both Jim Jam and Slim the cowardly giraffe.

His voice appears on the VTech Alphabet Desk, Turn and Learn Driver and the Bob the Builder phones, the children's train ride at Animal Farm Country Park near Burnham-on-Sea, and a number of Crick Software titles.[12]

From December 2009 to January 2010, Justin Fletcher played the character Buttons in Cinderella at the Capitol Theatre in Horsham, West Sussex.[13] From December 2010 to January 2011, he played the character Josh the Jester in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Hexagon theatre in Reading, Berkshire.[14] From December 2011 to January 2012, he played the character Wishy Washy in the pantomime Aladdin at the Hexagon theatre in Reading.[15] In recent years he has performed in 2 pantomimes in Woking, 6 pantomimes in Reading and returns in 2018 for the panto Aladdin again at the Hexagon[16].

He also attends festivals such as Camp Bestival in Dorset to entertain children. Fletcher is a patron for Bournemouth-based performing arts school Stagewise.

His debut album Hands Up the Album reached number 16 in the UK Albums Chart on 11 March 2012. In March 2013 he released his second album, Best Friends. In January 2015 he released his third album, Just Party.

On 12 September 2015 he appeared on Pointless Celebrities, and got knocked out on the second round.

Fletcher presents a daily radio show on Fun Kids weekdays from 9 am to 10 am called Justin's Word.

Awards[edit]

Orders of Chivalry[edit]

3,575 people signed a petition calling on the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to give Fletcher an OBE.

The petition stated: "Justin Fletcher is a communication genius. He both entertains and educates our children and does this with intelligence and panache without patronising. Programmes like Something Special can only help bridge the gap that sometimes sadly appears between able and not so able bodied people in our society and help banish the unkindness that disabled people sometimes face due to ignorance."

The public were asked to vote on the Prime Minister's website, and the petition deadline passed on 20 September 2007.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to "children's broadcasting and the voluntary sector". [17]

Professional awards[edit]

  • Nominated as Best Presenter for Something Special
  • BAFTA Children's Awards 2008[19]
  • Awarded Best Presenter for Something Special
  • BAFTA Children's Awards 2010[20]
  • Awarded Best Presenter for Something Special
  • Nominated Best Performer for Gigglebiz
  • BAFTA Children's Awards 2011[21]
  • Nominated Best Presenter for Something Special
  • BAFTA Children's Awards 2012[22]
  • Awarded the Flynn Rossiter award for entertainment

Filmography[edit]

Years Programme Role
1997-1998 Fun Song Factory Himself (Presenter)
1999-2002 Tweenies Jake and Doodles (Voice Only)
1999 Legoland Jonathan Ablebody (Voice only)
2000 Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge Swampy (Voice Only)
2000 Chicken Run video game Rocky and Fetcher (voice only)
2002-2007 Tikkabilla Himself (Presenter)
2003-2006 Boo! Growling Tiger and Sleeping Bear (voice only)
2004-2010 CBeebies on BBC Radio 7 Himself (Presenter)
2002-2006 Higgledy House Himself
2003

-

Something Special Himself, Mr Tumble and various characters
2006-2007 CBeebies Continuity Links Himself (Presenter)
2006 ToddWorld Pickle (UK), Additional voices
2006 CBeebies Springwatch Himself (Presenter)
2007— Shaun the Sheep Shaun and Timmy (voice only)
2008 Famous 5: On the Case Timmy and Smidgie (voice only) [23]
Chop Socky Chooks
2007 Finley the Fire Engine Miguel and other characters (UK dub, voices only)
2009— Gigglebiz Various characters
2009-2012 Timmy Time Yabba the Duck, Finlay the Fox and others (voice only)
2011— Justin's House Himself
2015 Shaun the Sheep Movie Shaun and Timmy (voice only)
2017 The Zoo Various
TBA Shaun the Sheep Movie 2 Shaun and Timmy (voice only)

Live performances[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "BBC CBeebies website". 20 September 2009. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC - CBeebies Presenters - Justin". Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Interview: Justin Fletcher on Gigglebiz". CBeeBies. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Justin Fletcher". CBBC. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Justin Fletcher is Something Special". 12 November 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gigglebiz Homepage". 20 September 2009. Archived from the original on 9 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bee Bright". Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "BBC - CBeebies - Justin's House". Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jane Deane Home Page". Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 10 Programmes - BARB". Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Clicker Books @home". Archived from the original on 31 May 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Hewitt, Phil (4 December 2009). "PANTOMIME: All the major pantos in West Sussex and further afield". Midhurst and Petworth Observer. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Justin Fletcher to star in Hexagon panto". 3 March 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Madge Bishop to star alongside Justin Fletcher in Aladdin". Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Aladdin 2018". www.readingarts.com. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 
  17. ^ "No. 58729". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2008. p. 16. 
  18. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Children's - Awards - 2007". BAFTA. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Children's - Awards - 2008". BAFTA. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Children's - Awards - 2010". BAFTA. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Children's - Awards - 2011". BAFTA. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Children's - Awards - 2012". BAFTA. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Justin Fletcher IMDB Profile". Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  24. ^ Thomas H Green (31 July 2009). "Camp Bestival: punks, travellers and my mum and dad". The Daily Telegraph. London, England. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  25. ^ "Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and The Gruffalo for Camp Bestival". eFestivals. Bristol, England: NRG Internet Ltd. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  26. ^ "Fall in love with Mr Tumble at Harvest at Jimmy's". East Anglian Daily Times. Ipswich, England: Archant. 26 August 2011. Archived from the original on 22 April 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  27. ^ "Camp Bestival '12". eFestivals. Bristol, England: NRG Internet Ltd. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  28. ^ Sketchanet. "Camp Bestival 2016 - Kids - Mr Tumble". Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  29. ^ "Justin's Party 2017". Imagine Theatre. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 
  30. ^ Butlin's [@Butlins] (3 January 2017). "This week is Just For Tots week! We can't wait to work with Justin Fletcher in #Butlins2017 and on our very first J…" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 

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