Show is animal magic for pals

Ethan Ford (left) and Ewan Alderson with presenter Dominic Wood of Dic 'N' Dom fame.
Ethan Ford (left) and Ewan Alderson with presenter Dominic Wood of Dic 'N' Dom fame.

TWO schoolpals are set to appear on a national kids’ TV show helping out their furry friends.

Best pals Ewan Alderson, 12, and Ethan Ford, 11, will be seen by millions next week when they appear on CBBC show Dick ‘N’ Dom Go Wild.

The pair, who both attend Manor College of Technology, in Hartlepool, were picked from scores of other youngsters who applied to be on the show.

The programme sees kids’ favourites Dick and Dom, otherwise known as presenters Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood, challenge young volunteers to help fix wounded and poorly pets in the country’s busiest vets and wildlife rescue centres.

Ewan, who lives in Queensway, in Greatham Village, with parents Zoe, a 36-year-old former cleaning manager and dad Graham, 40, who works in planning, applied to go on the show last summer.

He got a phone call from production bosses asking him to send film footage of himself and programme chiefs rang back the next day saying they liked him.

He was asked to get a friend on board and Ethan jumped at the chance.

Within two days, camera crews descended on Ewan’s home and filmed him and his family around their house and garden and at the town’s Summerhill Country Park.

Then Ewan and Ethan, along with Zoe, and Ethan’s mum, Marsha Coleman, a 40-year-old teaching assistant at Greatham Primary School, travelled down to Norfolk and the boys were filmed at an animal sanctuary alongside Dom.

The boys, who were pupils at Greatham Primary School when they took part in filming, got to look after an owl and some rescued rabbits and also bathed a dog.

Ewan’s proud mum, Zoe, who is also mum to six-year-old Erin, said: “Ewan’s really excited about being on television – but I think I’m more excited than he is!

“It was a fabulous day for them, it’s something they will never forget.

“He loves animals. We have just got two little Russian hamsters, Poppy and Storm.

“Dom was lovely, me and Marsha took lots of photos of him.

“We all got to stay in a five-star hotel, it was great.”

The boys got to hear harrowing tales of how some of the animals got to be at the sanctuary, including how some of the rabbits had been bred for meat, and also got to wash the dog ready for rehoming.

Marsha, who is also mum to Evan, eight, said the crew also filmed Ethan’s dad, David Ford, a 37-year-old Corus worker, and added: “It was a fantastic experience.

“Ethan loved every minute of it.

“Greatham Primary is going to record it and watch it as part of their worship.”

The pair can be seen on the CBBC channel on Monday at 7.45am, with the show planned for repeats soon after on the main BBC1 channel.