Matt Lucas helps Hartlepool teaching assistant's Baked Potato Song video go viral

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A fun video made by a Hartlepool teaching assistant sharing important messages around coronavirus has been watched over 20,000 times.

Jay Mullen, who works at Lynnfield Primary School, shot a video to the lyrics of The Baked Potato song by comedian Matt Lucas.

The Little Britain star wrote the song to help get across messages around staying at home and social distancing with people all over the country making and sharing their own videos to the song online.

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Jay’s has been widely viewed after his fiancee Joanne Tapping told Matt about it on Twitter.

He said he was “transfixed” by it and shared it for his thousands of followers to see.

Dozens of them then retweeted it meaning it would be seen by their followers.

Jay’s video features a variety of vegetable characters on sticks dancing to the song in front of a picture of a rainbow.

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He said: “I just made it to engage with the children who aren’t at school at the moment and give them the right messages at this time.

Jay Mullen. Picture by FRANK REIDJay Mullen. Picture by FRANK REID
Jay Mullen. Picture by FRANK REID

“I was blown away that Matt shared it. It was just a bit of fun for the kids at school, so for him to like it and it to take off like it has is really great.”

The quirky song has been so popular that Matt is set to release it as a single with the proceeds going to the FeedNHS campaign to provide care workers with hot meals at work.

It is a revised version of a song he wrote 20 years ago for the madcap quiz Shooting Stars.

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Speaking on Channel 4’s The Steph Show this week, he said: “A week ago I was watching the news and was seeing that people were still going out and thought it was quite shocking.

“The idea came to me to rewrite the baked potato song and update the lyrics and have advice that’s relevant to the situation that we are all now in.”

A video of Matt singing the song has been watched more than three million times.

Watch Jay’s version at Lynnfield’s Facebook page.

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