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A Day in the Life of Millie Inbetween

Comedy drama series. A look behind the scenes to see how the show is made. We meet the cast and crew on a typical day.


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Hello! Yes, it is Millie Inbetween, but not as you know it.

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Cos I'm here.

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I've left the CBBC office to come and give you guys the skinny

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on everything you need to know about one of your favourite shows.

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For 12 weeks this summer, Millie has been doing it all again.

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Along with a team of 58 people,

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she's hard at work filming Series Two.

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And guess what?

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She's invited me to come along and see how they do it.

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We'll meet the cast.

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It's really all glamour.

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-We'll meet the crew.

-Action!

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We're going to see what happens

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when things don't quite go according to plan

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and we're going to spend a whole day with Millie behind the scenes.

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Ah!

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SHE YAWNS Oh, sorry.

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I am literally never awake this early.

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Anyway, this hotel is home away from home for Millie Innes

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when she is filming.

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Yes, that's right, her name actually is Millie,

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and she's about to begin her working day.

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PHONE RINGS

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Hello.

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Good morning, Millie. It's that time again.

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-OK. Bye.

-Bye.

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We asked what you wanted to know about Millie Inbetween

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and you've sent us literally hundreds of questions.

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So, now that she's had a chance to wake up,

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I think it's time we got some answers.

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AmethystBrainyCat, along with others, wanted to know,

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"When did you decide to become an actor?"

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It all started for me when I was about three and, erm,

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one day I was sitting on the sofa,

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watching Tracey Beaker on the TV, sandwiched in between my mum and dad

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and I said, "I'm going to be in a show like that."

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Millie actually got the chance to work with her childhood heroine

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Dani Harmer when she was only nine.

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On my first day of Dani's House, I was freaking out.

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I was so excited cos I'd watched the show for years.

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Like, little nine-year-old me was all excited.

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I kind of got over being a bit starstruck

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after about the first week and then we all just became a massive family.

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Working with the person who'd first inspired her

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was a big deal for Millie,

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but there was more inspiration to come.

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I think the most inspirational person I've worked with would

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have to be Jason Isaacs,

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who's known for Harry Potter and Peter Pan and stuff.

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I was in Case Histories with him,

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and it's a series based on books by Kate Atkinson. It's a BBC drama.

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So he taught me loads, and a lot of my work ethic now is to do with him.

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I always have to remember that when I'm filming it is a job,

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it's not a hobby.

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It is fun, but we always have to get the scenes done.

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BlushHappyFarmer wanted to know,

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"Who looks after you when you're away filming?"

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Jacqui Green is my chaperone and tutor.

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She's basically the person that looks after me and is there for me.

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24/7, when I'm on set, she's like my second mum

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when I'm away filming.

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The role of a chaperone, really, is to make sure

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that the children are looked after properly.

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That includes where they're staying,

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how many hours they work,

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to make sure that they get their adequate tuition

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and that they're very happy.

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The studio is just a short walk from Millie's hotel.

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It's still really early.

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They haven't even had their breakfast yet,

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but Millie and Co aren't the only early birds.

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The make-up and wardrobe teams have to get the cast ready

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for the first scene of the day.

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Right, has anyone noticed

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there isn't actually any wardrobes in here?

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Like, seriously, not even one.

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And I need to shave, cos I'm a real man.

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So, I do that, then I get changed into my costume,

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have some breakfast,

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go on set and produce the magic.

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It's all go, getting bed heads tamed before the actors hit

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the studio floor.

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The make-up department.

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The perfect opportunity to gather some more intel

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and get the answers to some of your questions.

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Lots of you asked,

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"What's the best thing about being an actor?"

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The best things about being an actor

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are being able to play a character

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and truly lose yourself through performing

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and getting to meet and work with such wonderful people.

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It's honestly the only job I could see myself doing

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and I love it with all my heart.

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Another popular question was,

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"Is Millie like her character?"

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Some nights when I look at the scenes for the next day,

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I see a scene and I understand where Millie's coming from completely,

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whether it's a piece to MillieCam or she's just in a scene by herself,

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or if it's a scene with Lauren, in particular,

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I find that really easy to play because I know what Millie's feeling

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or how to understand what she's saying.

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And she's got a new necklace, which is, like, my favourite thing

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in the whole wide world!

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It says "Millie" with wee glasses on!

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While the cast are getting their cossies and make-up on,

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there's loads more going on behind the scenes.

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Let's take a trip to the engine room to meet the people

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who keep this show on the road.

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Round here, they're called production.

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There's so much organisation behind a show like this,

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and here is where it all happens.

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Whether you need cast, crew, equipment, scripts,

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transport, they'll sort it.

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And if the director absolutely has to have a pink elephant,

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then production will do their very best to find one.

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If there's a pink elephant with an agent,

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then we get into negotiation

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and then we have to work out how much the pink elephant costs

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and exactly how we're going to get it into the studio.

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Seriously, though, it takes so much organisation

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to get this show into production and keep it running smoothly.

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There is nothing left to chance.

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All over the studio complex, the team is working to a carefully

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worked-out timetable so everything will be ready

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when the actors arrive on the studio floor.

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And today, I get to join them.

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Come on. We've just got time for a sneaky peak

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on set before the cameras roll.

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Even though it might look it, none of this is real.

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Somebody had to imagine Millie's world

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and then create it completely from scratch.

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OK, so welcome to Millie's mum's house.

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And this is actually the set of the upstairs bit

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and this is Millie's bedroom

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that she shares with Lauren, of course,

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and it's amazing.

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It actually just looks like any teenager's bedroom.

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Millie's diary.

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I don't know if I'm allowed to touch this, but I've just gone for it.

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Shouldn't look at that. It's probably private!

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I like that we've got a fictional band up on the wall there

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called The Temper Hearts.

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Unless they're a real band and I'm not cool enough to know them.

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Maybe they are.

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The attention to detail in these sets

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are absolutely incredible. There is just so much stuff.

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Something which I really love is the photos all around the set.

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That's baby Lauren, which is actually baby Tallulah from

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when she was really, really little.

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How cute is her hair?

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OK, let's, er, have a look at what's downstairs.

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Nothing!

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There's nothing down here. It's just set.

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Right, guys, just give me a second cos I just need to use the toilet.

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All right? I'll be two... What? Don't use the toilet?

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What? It's not real?

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Ha-ha!

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That could have been embarrassing!

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OK, guys. Eight o'clock. Thank you. Everyone on the floor, please.

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Dario, send me the cast straight away.

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And now it's time for me to go to set.

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Morning, everybody.

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OK? How are you doing?

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Ever wondered what someone means

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when they say they're calling the shots?

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Well, you're about to find out.

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Dez the director is breaking the scene down.

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He explains what each shot will be, what the actors are doing,

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and what the crew should prepare for.

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You just appear right in shot, yeah?

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It should be wide enough to see her go to the bed.

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Everyone then gets a chance to rehearse

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before the cameras roll for real.

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Go out with you, loser.

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OK, so, Millie for mics, please. Thank you very much.

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Let's set for that now, please. Thank you.

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..rest of the script, and, again,

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get right in before you go "A date?"

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You're still saying it on the move.

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-It's a cut point.

-Thank you.

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Now the director has given his feedback,

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let's see how the take goes.

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OK, take one. First scene of the day.

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And action!

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Ooh! Double chin prop! What's the matter?

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If you must know, it's Fran.

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She set me up on a date.

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On a date?! With a boy?

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The director keeps a careful eye on every aspect of the scene

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and if anything isn't right,

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they have to do it all over again.

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And you're welcome.

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OK, I'm going to cut and go one more time, please.

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In dramas, like Millie Inbetween,

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the actors have to do the scene over and over and over again.

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That's to make sure that it is perfect.

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CeriseWizzingRose asked, "Is the director very strict?"

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I think the director has to be, to get everything done,

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to get all the scenes done by the end of the day,

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but Dez isn't too strict.

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-Sh!

-Only sometimes.

-Don't say that.

-No, he's not.

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Don't say that. I am strict. I am strict.

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-Yeah, you are.

-I'm strict in a nice way.

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In a not a strict way.

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THEY LAUGH

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Right, thank you. Here we go, then. Action!

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I wonder what Jake's doing today. I might give him a call.

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Cut! Thank you. Much better.

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That went well, but do you know what?

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It doesn't always go that smoothly.

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I'll get Mike and Craig out of the way

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and then we can get Miss Knope out of here.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Do you know what? I think I'm going to go for a walk.

-Fine.

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Totally missed me.

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THEY LAUGH

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I shall have to shatter it with the power of my mouth.

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LAUGHING

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CRASHING

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That didn't go as planned.

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I'm just going to scout out over here.

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You know, just check it out a little.

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Whatever, Mill.

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Can you just stop giving me that attitude, please?

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Here, I got you these.

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Sorry.

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Ninja!

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They didn't work.

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-Chrissie!

-Hello, Justin!

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-MUFFLED:

-What are you doing here? Sorry!

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Well, they do say you should never speak with your mouth full!

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Another popular question was,

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"What's the best thing about being on Millie Inbetween?"

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The best thing about being an actor on Millie Inbetween

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would probably be everyone on the set.

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Everyone's just really amazing.

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Right, guys, nice and quiet now.

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My special starter, tower of salad!

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Being able to see yourself on TV, it's kind of like,

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"Wow, I did that."

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It's a lot of hard work, but it's fun at the same time.

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Like the experience and the people who you meet -

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Millie, Mya, Tallulah.

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All the crew on this know each other really well

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and, obviously, for most of the cast it's the second year running,

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so, like, I go and see films with Theo and Hannah,

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or I've gone bowling with Jeremy,

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or, you know, we've had a few nights

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round at Richard's and that sort of thing,

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where we've all had food together.

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OK, time for some Millie Inbetween stats.

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How many lights do you think there are between Mum's house

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and Dad's flat?

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68 plus 12,

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that's 100 and 2 over there.

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Do you know what? It's 200.

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I didn't really count them all. The lighting director told me.

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How many cups of tea and coffee will the crew drink during the shoot?

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There'll be 8,640. You're welcome!

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Do you know how many breakfasts

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and lunches will be eaten during Series Two?

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Yes, Lauren. Yes, I do. Looked into that for you.

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-Great!

-Turns out it's, er, 5,759.

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-Wow.

-Lunch!

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I'm about to make that 5,760.

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That's lunch, then, and you so don't want to see Theo eating!

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Believe me!

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So, let's look instead at something that happened earlier this week

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when Millie Inbetween went on location.

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Everything from the studio had to be carefully transported here -

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lights, cameras, monitors, make-up,

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costume props and sound equipment.

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It's died!

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Cut.

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The crew faced many challenges while filming an episode in the woods.

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-Forget it!

-Craig, if you fall down and break both your legs,

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don't you come running to me!

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Just look at what they had to do to get one simple shot

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of Theo up a tree!

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Stand by.

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Action!

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You sort it out!

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Isn't that an ants' nest up there?

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Whah!

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-Got ya!

-Cut!

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Let's go back to the studio for another one of your questions.

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So, loads of you guys wanted to know what I do

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when I'm not in front of the camera.

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Well, you'll never guess where I'm going next.

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This is my school away from school.

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So, I don't get let off easy when I'm away filming.

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I need to keep up with my schoolwork.

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Let's go over again, Robert Louis Stephenson.

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Millie's chaperone, Jacqui, has two jobs on this show.

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She's also the on-set tutor for all of the younger actors,

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making sure they keep up with the schoolwork, too.

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Children can be on set for 9½ hours.

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4½ hours of that can be in front of camera.

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And then we have to give them three hours' tuition every single day.

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At a film set, it's really not a holiday.

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They have to cover their English, their maths, their science,

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their geography, history...

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everything that they're doing at school they also do here.

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So, when they go back,

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they just slot in and become a part of their school again.

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And speaking of learning things,

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there are a few tips I want to pick up from Richard,

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who plays Millie's on-screen dad.

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So, Richard, I've heard that you're a bit of an air-guitar hero?

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Air guitar King of Rock!

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Really? Can I be the Queen of Rock?

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-Do you want the secrets?

-I want all the secrets!

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-Step this way.

-Yes!

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-We're going to do The Windmill. Feet apart.

-OK.

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You need a bit of space, you don't take someone out behind you!

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Don't want to do that.

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-And, round! Whoa, whoa, whoa!

-Yes! Yes!

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-Good girl.

-Yeah, like it!

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Second move, The Caveman. The Cavewoman!

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You get one down on the guitar, and whey!

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After three. One, two, three...

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Whey!

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And finally, Queen of Rock, I salute you, The Hop. Are you ready?

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The Hop? OK!

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-That's the Windmill, a Caveman, and out.

-Right, OK.

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-One, two three!

-Windmill!

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-Caveman!

-Caveman!

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And Hop!

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Whey!

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CHEERING

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So, a lot of our fans want to know what age we all were

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when we started acting.

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So, what age were you?

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I was about 16 when it first occurred to me that it was

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something that I wanted to do.

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I had a very good drama teacher at school who really helped me develop

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and I went to drama school at 18, came out when I was 21,

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and worked ever since. And that was about two years ago!

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SHE GASPS

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THEY LAUGH

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-How old are you?

-I was two.

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-No, how old are you now?

-Oh, I'm 12.

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I was 12.

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My first big thing was with the National Youth Music Theatre.

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I did a few years with them and loved it, so have very much

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come from a theatre background and I just loved it.

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12 years old. What were you doing at two - Pampers ads?

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-No, I was doing...

-That's not acting!

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..Absolutely Fabulous!

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You're not acting at two! You're just running around!

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THEY LAUGH

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We all want to know, who is the funniest person on set?

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Hello, hello.

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I'm number one. Cos I've got watermelons on my shirt.

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Canals.

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They float my boat!

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SHE LAUGHS

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Nailed it.

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HE LAUGHS

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Come on! That was comedy gold!

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I don't know! Who's the funniest?

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Just speak your mind. Just say the truth!

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All right, Theo. He's the funniest.

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Do-do-do-do-do-do do!

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It was great, should have been there!

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I think that Craig is one of the funniest characters

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in the series, absolutely!

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Craig takes after Mike, so...

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He takes after Mike, yeah, all of bit of that...

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Very slow, and then a bit manic at times.

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-Oh, oh, I've done some sketches for the kids' outfits!

-Oh, lovely!

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We set up so we sit in the same way,

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we move the same way just to show we've got that father-and-son type.

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We actually put a lot of work... We do, we actually do, don't we?

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HE SIGHS

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But, sometimes, it's funny when it's not meant to be.

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Action!

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-No way!

-Shh!

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-LOUD THUD

-Argh!

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Well, I'm not at one with schools.

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Every time I go in one, I feel reminded of a...

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And I'm not at one with...

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SHE LAUGHS

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Not at one with your lines, either!

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Let me bring up my tactical teacher spreadsheet.

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You have a teacher spreadsheet?

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THEY LAUGH

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And, action!

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Yeah, sorry?

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SHE LAUGHS

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Action!

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I mean, how could you mess it up?

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I did. I mean, it's unbelievable.

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Dad used to think it was cute.

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Why are you putting ketchup on a cracker?

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LAUGHTER

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Are you sure?

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Look, he even has a thing.

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Can't go from...something!

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It was! You was the one that wouldn't let me have it.

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That's so appalling, why is she even talking to me like I'm not...

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It's not "you was", it's "you were"!

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THEY LAUGH

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How am I raising you?

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I'm sorry!

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Oh!

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Oh, I am sorry - I'm just not used to getting up that early.

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Anyway, if they were a real family,

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this is where they'd watch TV together.

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Imagine if they were real,

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and Millie Inbetween was still on the TV.

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SHE YAWNS

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You know, and they're all sat around, like, watching it...

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Oh, this sofa is comfy.

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Meanwhile, in Glasgow,

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the Whittle family is watching its favourite show.

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And tonight it's all about young love.

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Oh, can we watch this? I quite like this show.

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Nice pigtails!

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Shut up! No-one can ever see this!

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This is, er, this is Justin.

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He's my new mate.

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Oh, he looks like a young Michael Bubbles!

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He's got lovely hair!

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Do you think I'd suit a fringe?

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Nice to meet you all.

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Oh, rabbit in the headlights. There she goes again!

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Will someone please just tell her that boys are not the answer?

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Well, that depends on the question.

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You see, there's nothing wrong with the concept of boyfriends.

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They were very big in the '60s!

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Boyfriends?

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Yeah, I had lots and lots!

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She means fringes.

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Oh!

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Craig would be much your style. I mean, look at his room!

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So, here I've got my bed...

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Yeah, the whole looking-like-a-bed thing was a giveaway.

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I just kind of lay here and...sleep.

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-Are those plates...

-Hairy?

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BOTH: Urgh!

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Oh, they should open up some windows, let some fresh air in,

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sitting around on your face pads all day.

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Can't be hygienic!

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That boy needs a healthy hobby.

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Like cross-country running!

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Or hill-walking!

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BOTH: Or...bell-ringing!

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Ding, dong, ding, dong, ding!

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What a family!

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Ding, dong, ding, dong!

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Lauren?

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Lauren?

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-Hi?

-Lauren?

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-Lauren.

-Lauren.

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No, you're Lauren!

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We need the sofa for the next scene.

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Well, that was a weird dream. I am so tired!

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But look at all this lot, they're still working.

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It's very busy, there's still lots to do today.

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But I did manage to grab chat with Millie and Mya between scenes.

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So, guys, how's today going? It looks amazing.

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Today's been really good, yeah.

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It's been quite busy for me,

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because this morning I ran four scenes back-to-back,

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and there was blocking and it was all very hectic, but we got it done.

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And what's it like for you two? Cos, obviously, in the first series

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you two were brand-new, didn't know each other well. What's it like now?

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-We are besties!

-We are best friends!

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-This is just so sweet, I love it!

-Yeah!

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Loads of you wanted to know what these young actors miss

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when they're away filming.

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I miss everyone that I know.

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Like my friends, and my family.

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Oh, and my dog. She counts as my family, though.

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I think the person in my family that I miss the most is my

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little brother, Oscar, who's two.

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Because whenever I go home he's always saying, "My-My, I love you",

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and, like, he's just so cute and I miss him so much.

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It's been a really, really long day,

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but, finally, they are shooting their last scene.

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And...action!

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Don't take it now, we're eating.

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OpalCrazySilkworm, and loads of others,

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asked the cast what advice they would give

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for young aspiring actors.

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The thing that you need to have is a passion and a stubbornness

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and the desire just to go and do it.

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I think the reason that we don't see enough representation

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of different backgrounds and that sort of thing in the industry

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is that kids are told that you're not going to make enough money.

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And that's a stupid reason not to take up acting,

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so, I would recommend it.

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I think if it's something that you want to do,

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let your passion for it show.

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Join the clubs that you can.

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Even if it's, like, you know,

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you're just doing, like, theatre down the road, who cares?

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You're doing something that you love and as long as you're happy,

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that's good.

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I wouldn't be anything without all the experiences that I'd had

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in all those theatre groups - those are where you practice

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and learn and you're doing it, essentially,

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because you enjoy it, rather than just wanting to become famous.

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Whatever dream you have...

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do your dream.

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Memorise it, and do it.

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Thank you, guys. That's a wrap, everyone. Thank you very much.

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We'll see you all again tomorrow morning. Thank you.

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It's hard work making Millie Inbetween,

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but it's also a lot of fun.

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That's horrible!

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But, for Millie Innes, the day is not quite done.

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She's got to learn ten pages of script,

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so that she's ready to do it all again tomorrow.

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I think Millie Inbetween connects with millions of people,

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and I have people messaging me saying,

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this is exactly like my family,

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or, my mum and dad are going through the same thing.

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Real life is full of a mixture of tears and laughter

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and that's what we're trying to represent on this show.

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In no way is this show kind of dumbed down for kids.

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You have all that emotional stuff, as well as all this comedy,

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it's a really, really nice balance.

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Final question from AmethystSewingClownfish,

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"Where do you see yourself in ten years' time?"

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I'm obviously wanting to take time out for school and exams,

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and if I want to go to university, or drama school,

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or whatever it is I find myself doing,

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I think I will always go back to acting,

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no matter what I do in between.

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I really love it and I wouldn't change it for the world.

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You've all seen what it takes to make Millie Inbetween,

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but this episode couldn't have happened without all of you lot.

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So, for sending in your brilliant questions,

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thank you to LimeKitePrimrose, ScarletFizzySatsuma,

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PurpleTalkativeMango, LilacCrispyZook...

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Do you know what? There's loads of you, just read it for yourself!

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You have made this episode of Millie Inbetween extra special,

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and I hope we've shown you guys a little bit about what

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it's like behind the scenes.

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Now, I've had the best day ever, but, I must admit,

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I am more tired than I think I've ever been in my entire life.

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So, I think that's a wrap. Roll the credits!

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A look behind the scenes to see how the show is made. We meet the cast and crew on a typical day to see how the series comes together. Ever wondered if Millie and the gang go to school while we are shooting? Who does Millie's make-up? Or who's the funniest cast member? All these questions, and more, will be answered in this behind-the-scenes special.


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