Bognor's larger-than-life mascot Rocky Bear is poised to hit our TV screens as he makes a bid for stardom -- and does so with the blessing of telly royalty Ant and Dec.
The Nyewood Lane favourite has been called up for his ITV debut on a Saturday night prime-time show In For A Penny which is returning for a second series after the success of its first showing when it aired just before Britain's Got Talent.
And Rocky could well win over a new army of fans given that the show averaged 3.4million viewers. Rocks general manager Simon Cook says he wouldn't be surprised if the furry mascot ended up with his own show. He said: "ITV got in touch and asked if they can borrow Rocky for filming for a couple of days and we’ve allowed him to go, but only on loan!”
Tongue firmly in cheek, he added: "This could easily be his path to fame. He's already a big star in our eyes and at home games he is always a big hit with fans. And once the great British public see what a wonderful bear he is, I am sure they'll take to him and demand he gets his own show. The production crew have collected Rocky and taken him to a location just a goal kick from Nyewood Lane for filming. It all sounds like a bundle of fun. We’re not sure when it will be screened but it’s one to watch out for."
In For A Penny was developed in to a show after Ant and Dec, co-creators of the format, enjoyed watching it as part of their Saturday Night Takeaway. Ahead of the first series, they said: "It was always a highlight for us to watch this segment on Saturday Night Takeaway and we are delighted it’s now become a series. Stephen is the perfect host, his warmth, wit and all-round humour mixed with the great British public, who are not only brilliant but are also unfazed when a man in a sparkly jacket appears and asks them to take part in ridiculous games! It makes for some fantastically funny TV."
The show sees host Stephen Mulhern travel the length and breadth of the UK inviting the unsuspecting people to take part in a host of hilarious and often silly games to win a cash prize. Mulhern, along with his gold sparkly jacket and portable game show props, can pop up anywhere from petrol stations to shopping centres, surprising people and randomly selecting whoever he can find to take part in games.
Following the first series, he said: “I have absolutely loved filming this show. I don't think I have ever laughed so much filming a series and it was all down to the Great British public, they are the real stars. I've been privileged to meet some of the most amazing people up and down the country and now the viewers will get to see just how funny and entertaining they are.”