Friday, August 14, 2009

New CBBC drama Jinx

A new CBBC comedy drama is currently filming in Oxford Road Studios, Manchester and will air in September with three teen actors to look out for.

Jinx is a 13-part series being produced by Kindle Entertainment, which focuses on a teenager called Lulu and a magic cookbook she owns.

It's based on the successful Lulu Baker trilogy by Fiona Dunbar, the comedy-drama series charts the adventures of a truly modern-day Cinderella, and her two friends 10 year old Torquil and Frenchy.

In the original pilot made for Nickleodeon in 2007, the main part of Lulu was played by one of Screenterrier's Stars of tomorrow Holliday Grainger.

The new Lulu is 16 year old Amber Beattie (now represented  by Hamilton Hodell) from Stoke Newington who starred as Gretel in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Her best friend Frenchy is played by 14 year old newcomer Gia Lodge-O'Meally from London (represented by Sylvia Young Agency)

And Chip by Ben Ryan-Davies from Manchester, who starred in last year's successful drama adaption of David Almond's novel Clay.

Torquil is played by a young actor from Manchester, James Ainsworth (represented by Linton Management).

Lulu Baker is not your typical teen, she has a very cool secret – she’s the proud owner of a magic cook book. She can bake her own gingerbread boyfriend for that school dance. She can create an extra-terrestrial to win the class debate on the existence of aliens. She can give her annoying step-brother donkey ears by feeding him a cookie. The possibilities are endless. Life would be perfect, if it weren’t for the guardian of the book: Cookie. Don’t think sweet fairy godmother, think mischievous imp. She’s the most frustrating keeper of magic that you could ever not wish for. Then there’s maddening Minty, Lulu’s new step-mum who wants to be Lulu’s BFF, and doesn’t seem to notice that she’s 35. So far so embarrassing. And then there’s terrible Torquil, Minty’s son, a trouble-making demon in the body of an angelic ten-year-old boy. Luckily Lulu has her true BFF, Frenchy, the only one who knows about the magic and the loveable but totally gullible, accident-prone Chip. Together these three friends make crazy things happen – the magic recipes rarely turn out as Lulu planned but then it’s the not-knowing anything-canhappen adventure that’s half the fun.


  1. Correction required: The role of Frenchy is played by newcomer Gia Lodge-O'Meally, (represented by [Sylvia Young Agency])

  2. Whoops! Many thanks. Sam played Frenchy in the pilot with Holly Grainger. I have updated the post.

  3. my friend was an extra in this show. she's called annie hunter. XP