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Medway students act as celeb stand-ins

Monday, 12 Apr 2010
Media students from MidKent College’s Medway Campus had their fears challenged during rehearsals for ITV1’s two-part special, The Door.

Aired last weekend, the show saw six celebrity contestants venturing through ‘the door’ to undertake a range of spine-chilling challenges.
Volunteers from MidKent College’s Medway Campus travelled to Maidstone Studios for the show’s rehearsals - where they stood-in for celebrity contestants EastEnders stars Dean Gaffney and Louisa Lytton, Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine, Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, GMTV presenter Michael Underwood, and Saturdays singer Frankie Sanford.

“Show rehearsals offer the production team an opportunity to test a number of processes, including deciding which camera angles will best capture the action,” explained media lecturer at the college Sue Flipping. “It’s common procedure for people to be used as stand-ins for celebrities while these rehearsals take place – particularly when the success of the show relies on contestants not knowing what’s coming next,” she continued.

“A former student of ours who now works at the studios suggested the college as a possible source for stand-ins. We jumped at the chance to get our students involved. It provided them with a great opportunity to work with a professional company and see real prime-time television filming in action. They loved it. Some enjoyed the experience so much they even returned for a second day of filming,” she added.
“The experience just blew my mind,” said Medway student Tom Foster. “The sheer size of everything was incredible - from the number of wires everywhere, to the quantity of advanced, hydraulic-controlled cameras used on set. We left having gained an amazing insight into the real-life working practices used during television filming.”

Fellow student Cheryl Wilkie agreed. “It was amazing to feel such a big part of the team. When I first found out we would be standing-in for the celebs and having our fears challenged I had no idea what to expect. But it was an all-round great learning experience for us.”    
Amanda Holden and Chris Tarrant hosted the two-part game show which aired on ITV1 last weekend. “The Door is a celebrity’s worst nightmare!” said Holden.

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