JAMIE JOHNSON tells the all familiar story of a boy with a dream to become a footballer. We caught up with main actor LOUIS DUNN to discuss the Second Series, which starts on CBBC from Wednesday 5th April.
Dunn acts as Jamie Johnson who he describes as loyal, “He cares about his mates, Mum and Mike. Jamie doesn’t easily forget if someone crosses him, he has got a temper which you’ll see in the new series!”
Jamie Johnson’s TV debut started in June 2016, with the Second Season already announced two months earlier. Inspired by the book series, it’s written by Dan Freedman (the former Football Association editor). The show was filmed in Nottingham and deals with issues such as school bullying, having one parent and football.
So why has it been such a hit among younger viewers? “It is a real drama, with real football added in to spice things up a bit. A lot of love went into the making of the show and I think you will see that reflected in each episode.”
Jamie Johnson stars many celebrities, “I was lucky enough to meet Jess Clark from England Women and Notts County Ladies, along with John Farnworth who is one of the best football freestyler’s in the world. You will see some other footballing legends in the new series. I enjoyed working with them all.”
Indeed, you will have seen cameos last year from the likes of Gary Lineker, Roy Carroll, and Ruud Gullit. 2017 promises even bigger names with Ian Wright, John Stones and Steven Gerrard set to appear along with Carl Froch and Sue Barker.
Louis first got into the television series after a suggestion from his Drama Teacher. “Miss Connor heard about the show and said I should try an open audition in Manchester. She knew I love football and had a hunch that I might enjoy acting.”
The return of the show will see Jamie facing a big challenge, as he watches arch nemesis Dillon get a scholarship at his beloved Hawkstone Academy. Jamie will also see his temper, determination and focus be constantly challenged by his own personal problems. Can he leave it all in the locker room and do his talking on the pitch?
Keeping on football, Louis’s favourite team is Manchester United. “My Dad took me to watch them ever since I was little. My favourite player is Marcus Rashford because he is young, skilful and a hungry player.”
The actor will be watching Jamie Johnson on television, but will now focus on improving himself. “I will be knuckling down with my schoolwork and will continue training and playing football.”
Louis Dunn spoke to Telly Binge in March 2017. Series Two of Jamie Johnson starts weekly on CBBC from Wednesday 5th April and will be available to catch-up on BBC iPlayer. The Jamie Johnson Football Podcast will be available to download on Wednesdays after the TV Show airs. Get updates on the show by following @jamiejohnsonfc on Twitter