Chance of a LifetimeWhat an absolute honour and a privilege for JAM2000 Agency to have played a part in the 2018 John Lewis Christmas advert, The Boy and the Piano, starring none other than the original Rocket Man himself, Sir Elton John!With the classic hit ‘Your Song’ playing as the backing track throughout the two minute twenty second ad, the story begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton’s life, right until the moment he received the special gift of his grandmother’s piano that changed his life forever - “because some gifts are more than just a gift."What a fantastic experience for our JAM2000 lads to be involved in such an iconic commercial.It really doesn’t get much better than this – a fantastic Christmas present and brilliant boost for JAM2000 Agency.
The Lewis FamilyChristmas has come early for the Lewis Family, winners of JAM2000's charity raffle which raised a hefty £350!JAMtots regulars Poppy, three, and one-year-old Olivia together with mum Claire, dad Ioan and nan Meena, scooped the prize bonanza including sessions in personal training, acupuncture, Natural Healing, Pole and Aerial Hoop tasters, JAMtots sessions, Champagne, JAM2000 hoodies, pamper yourself treats, kids' toys and sweets!!!
MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS LEWIS FAMILY!Thank you to everybody who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets. The money raised will help go towards supporting families at Tunbridge Wells and Pembury Hospital Neonatal Unit, where another JAMtots baby, beautiful Raye Copper, was born eight weeks premature last year.Here's dad with his adorable girls in reception trying to figure out how he is going to take all the goodies home with him!
JAM2000… and the Credits
just keep on Coming!Darcy Stanley and Eloise Suffield in Call the Midwife Series 7Each Sunday evening for eight solid weeks, JAM2000 Agency performers – new born babies, toddlers, children and teens - could be seen on our TV screens in the Series 7 of the award-winning BBC period drama, Call the Midwife.Oreofe and Damilare AkinmokunSo exciting for our performers, their friends and families to see on the box each week. JAM2000 Agency is proud and privileged to be part of this production, which is loved by millions across the UK and around the world.Storm Adaser-Ratteray in Save MeSky Atlantic's new thriller, Save Me, went down a storm with viewers, which may have had something to do with the fact that JAM2000 Agency's very own Storm Adaser-Ratteray appeared in the role of kidnapped three-year-old, Jody. Great work Storm.Nik Kozyrev as Pork Chop in This Country, Series 2JAM2000 Agency is hugely proud to have been part of Series 2 of the fantastically funny BBC3 ‘mockumentary’, This Country, which explores the modern lives of young people in the Cotswolds.The first series, in which JAM2000 Agency was also involved, was lauded by critics who compared it to celebrated comedies The Office and People Just Do Nothing. Featuring in both series was our very own funny man, Nik Kozyrev, in the role of 'Pork Chop'.Joanie Kent in Dr FosterSo fantastic that ITV’s Dr Foster, a production in which JAM2000 Agency has had the pleasure of being involved for a number of years, won Best Drama award at the National Television Awards 2018.Credit goes to scores of JAM2000 Agency performers who were involved in this compelling BBC's mystery-drama series with special mention going to the lovely little Joanie Kent who played Amelie, young daughter of lead actors Bertie Carvel (Simon Foster) and Jodie Comer who (Kate Parks). Akhai Mehta and Rahul Radia in Next of KinOther recent productions include BBC1’s new six-part gritty science fiction series, Hard Sun. and ITV’s Trauma, a modern-day psychological thriller set in London about two fathers whose lives are changed forever by the tragic death of a child. Talking of ITV thrillers, Next of Kin was another prestigious production for us featuring our performers Akhai Mehta and Rahul Radia. Twins Javan and Larella Williams-Brown who appear in WannabeLast but not least, twins Javan and Larella Williams-Brown appeared alongside their mum Charlene in the hilarious BBC Three (online) sitcom Wannabe, about failed singer Maxine (played by Bafta-winning People Just Do Nothing star Lily Brazier and co-writer of Wannabe), who desperately tries to cling on to her dream as manager of teenage pop group, Sweet Gyal.
Sundays won't seem the SameSundays won’t seem the same now that
Call the Midwife Series 6 has finished.Dozens of JAM2000 children and babies appeared in this series including angelic-looking Albie Kent, 5, who played the part of one of the Thalidomide victims in episode 7.Episode 8 featured Jessica Feeley, 7, (right below) and Emily Whittaker, 7, who appeared in a number of tear-jerking scenes. Didn’t they do well?We also had adorable Georgia Gaffney, who appeared
in the closing scenes as Dr Turner and his wife Shelagh’s
new born baby BOY! Her sisters, Lily and Freya featured
in several scenes earlier in the series
– so a real family affair for the Gaffney family.
Our Call The Midwife StarsActress Liz White, who plays Rhoda Mullocks in Call the Midwife, with Taylor Marshall, Harmonie-Rose Allen and Ezmai Rhodes-Horne, who appears as Susan.Series 6 of BBC1’s award-winning period drama Call the Midwife concluded last night, which means we can finally let the cat out of the bag!All of our recent fundraising efforts including the sale of JAM JAM Bows and the JAM2000 Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Prize Draw have been in aid of Romeo Hadley, 5, from Cardiff; Harmonie-Rose Allen, 3, from Bath; and 2-year-old Taylor Marshall, who lives in Nottingham – all of whom played Thalidomide victims in the series.Romeo Hadley on the set of Call the MidwifeIn real life, Harmonie-Rose and Taylor have lost limbs through meningitis, while Romeo lost legs after suffering the effects of Purpura Fulminans, an acute, often fatal, thrombotic disorder.Thalidomide was a drug first marketed in the late 1950s as a sleeping pill but was prescribed to help nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women. The medication was later found to harm the development of unborn babies and cause serious birth defects, with over 10,000 children born with Thalidomide-related disabilities worldwide in the early 1960s.The heart-rending story-line was first introduced in Series 5 with the birth of Susan Mullucks, played by JAM2000's very own Ezmai Rhondes-Horne, 2, who is able-bodied. The Thalidomide theme was re-visited in Episodes 7 and 8 of Series 6.Our fabulous three outside Romeo's trailer's and their families:
from left to right Jonathan Hadley, Freya Hall with daugther Harmonie-Rose, Katie Hadley with son Romeo, Seren Hadley and
Terri Lewsley with son Taylor Marshall.Our director, Judy McPhee, has provided hundreds of new born babies and child performers for the hit production for the last four years with most recruited locally. However, when she was given the brief to find amputee children to play Thalidomide victims, Judy had to cast her net far and wide.Call the Midwife’s production team pulled out all the stops to ensure the three children and their families had a fantastic experience when they travelled to Chertsey, Surrey, last October for costume fittings and filming. This included enjoying the comfort of their very own trailer, a stone’s throw from those of lead actresses Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt, Helen George and Charlotte Ritchie.Judy having fun on the big old fashioned telephone with Harmonie-Rose Allen while waiting in Dr Turner's lounge before filiming on Call the Midwife.Judy said: “When I first received the brief from Production to find children for the Thalidomide storyline, I realised this was no ordinary request and probably a difficult task, requiring a nationwide search with a great deal of sensitivity. That said,
I was determined to make it happen."Once we found our fabulous three and started to get to know their families, who quickly became friends, JAM2000 Agency together with the producers, cast and crew made every effort in making this a truly happy and memorable experience for these wonderful children and their families on Call the Midwife. I feel immensely proud and privileged to have been on this amazing journey, one which I will sincerely cherish forever.”Front L to R: Terri Lewsley with son Taylor Marshall, Freya Hall with daughter Harmonie-Rose, Joanne Rhodes, with daughter Ezmai Rhodes-Horne, who plays the part of Susan in Call the Midwife. Back L to R: Judy Mcphee and JAM2000 chaperone Nicola Van Barthold.The Hadley family in Romeo's trailer before filming on Call the Midwife. Left to right, sister Seren, 11, dad Jonathan, Romeo and mum KatieRomeo’s mum, Katie Hadley, said: “It’s not every day you receive a phone call asking for permission for your child to play a part in one of the nation’s top dramas. Romeo may have lost his legs, but he is just like any other boy in every other way and was so excited that he was going to be on TV. We would like to thank Judy, the producers, cast and crew for giving Romeo this wonderful opportunity to turn a negative into a positive and have a lot of fun along the way.”Romeo Hadley in his wheelchair before filiming on Call the MidwifeHarmonie’s mum, Freya Hall, said:“We had the most wonderful experience attending two days of filming for Call the Midwife. Harmonie-Rose had the time of her life! Everyone on set was so warm and friendly, showed us so much compassion and were so helpful lugging all our luggage around the sets - buggies, bags and toys. We will never forget the amazing time we had waiting for our turn to film - in Dr Turner’s lounge no less! It was just such a fantastic experience. Thank you so very much!”Gorgeous Harmonie-Rose with playmate TaylorTaylor’s mum, Terri Lewsley, said:“The Call the Midwife experience was amazing. Taylor, myself and Taylor's nana loved every minute of it! Everyone on set was so kind and caring. Thank you to Judy McPhee and all the Call the Midwife team for this fantastic opportunity!"Cheeky chappy Taylor Marshall with mum Terri LewsleyOver the last six months, JAM2000 has been raising money for Romeo, Harmonie-Rose and Taylor to fund crucial items like prosthetics, running blades and wheelchairs.Pretty in pink, Ezmai Rhodes-Horne, who plays Thalidomide victim baby Susan Mullucks in Call the Midwife, modelling a JAM JAM bow.Dubbed JAM JAM bows – a take on the current Jo Jo bow craze - these huge, sparkly bows, each individually made by JAM2000 costume maker Debbie Rosendale, have had all the girls raiding their piggy banks to get their hands on one.Limited edition JAM JAM bowsThe JAM2000 kids and their parents are also in the throes of buying tickets for the ‘JAM2000 Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Prize Draw, with 50+ Easter Egg donations up for grabs.This comes on top of £600 raised during the JAM2000 drama production in October last year from sales of drinks and snacks, ticket sales for the dress rehearsal performance and raffle proceeds – the prizes for which were donated by the performers and their families.Monday 4.30pm JAM2000 drama class eggscited about the Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Prize DrawJudy added:“After meeting Romeo, Harmonie-Rose and Taylor and their families, realising how amazing they are in dealing with unimaginable daily struggles, I was determined that everyone at JAM2000 should rally round to do something to support their fellow performers not only now but in the future as their needs will be ongoing as well as our friendships. I am proud to say that the response from our kids and parents has been absolutely fantastic."From the parents of the three children and everyone at JAM2000, thank you so very very much!”
Adorable EzmaiHere are some more pictures of JAM2000 Agency's adorable Ezmai Rhodes-Horne from South Ruislip, performing as Thalidomide victim Susan Mullucks in Call the Midwife.The shot below of her being held in the arms of on screen mum Rhoda Mullucks, actress Liz White, has attracted nearly half a million likes on the production's Facebook page!Readers of The Sun's newspaper's online edition have also been cooing about how grown up and gorgeous she looks.
DREAMING OF SUMMERYou never know where the journey will take you when you come to JAMtots – our fantastic interactive daytime activity play group centre for parents or childminders with babies & toddlers 0 months – 5 years.For gorgeous Olivia Bedoya and her mum Rebecca Cummings, cute little Archie Clarke and mum Stacy Clark and beautiful Elizabeth Melex and her mum Victoria and dad Ivan Melex, the journey took them from The Windmill Studio Centre all the way to an online commercial for ASDA no less!Stacey and ArchieAs you’ll see from the YouTube link below, the commercial centred round a summer barbecue, and involved filming on a hot sunny day last year with great food, paddling pool and fancy dress costumes. A great, fun-filled time was had by all.Olivia and RebeccaCould your little one go from JAMtots to appearing on TV, film or commercials? Well, there’s a very good chance they could if you get them involved with JAM2000 Agency, which is always looking for new recruits!!!Ivan, Elizabeth and VictoriaJAM2000 Agency has provided performers for lots of commercials over the years – Talk Talk, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, The Guardian, The Sun and Weetabix…just to mention a few!Here’s the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQlSAgROKrA&sns=e