Student lands role on hit TV show

Nick Hope
Nick Hope

A TALENTED student has swapped the classroom for the set of a popular children’s television series.

Nick Hope, 21, is delighted after landing a role with the set production team on BBC programme Tracy Beaker.

Nick, who only graduated from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), in Hartlepool, this summer, has already started the job and says he is learning “so much” from being on set.

But that’s not the only good news for the youngster from Preston who moved to town to enrol on a course at the college.

Since securing his first class honours degree in entertainment design crafts, he has also been offered a job with the BBC as a design runner at the new media centre in Salford Quays, in Manchester.

Speaking about securing the role on Tracy Beaker, Nick said: “I was made up when I found out I had got the job.

“I was worried about work so to get this was amazing.”

The popular CBBC programme is based on a book written by Jacqueline Wilson and follows the life of a tomboy who grew up living in a children’s residential care home.

Nick is on set, in Jesmond, Newcastle, most days and helps to make sure the props stay the same as scenes change.

He has also been given the opportunity to put his creative talents to the test by making props.

“I am learning so much by being on set, such as how important preparation is before shoots,” he added.

“It’s strange because I used to watch the programme all of the time and now I am working on it.

“It’s great working here as it is a fairly small crew and I really feel part of the team with a proper job to do.”

Nick, from Billingham, says the opportunities he is getting wouldn’t have came about if it wasn’t for the course at CCAD.

He also expressed his delight at being offered a BBC role in Manchester.

“I can’t believe it,” he said.

“It’s going to be fantastic and who knows what other doors will be opened for me.”

Nick’s success reflects an exceptional year for the college with almost a third of students achieving a first class honours degree.