Jennifer Coleman, Director of Development, shares what happened behind the scenes at our recent appearance on BBC London News

We were overwhelmed with the number, quality and sheer imagination of the entries for the Big Dance travelcard holder competition. It was really tough shortlisting the designs and I know it was tricky for our judges to select our finalists. When it came to making the final selection though, Darcey Bussell was blown away by the colour and vibrancy of Oliver’s drawing. He is a well-deserving winner!

That’s why we were so excited to get the news that both BBC London Radio and the BBC London TV news team wanted to cover the story. Following a photo shoot for the Evening Standard with Darcey earlier in the day Oliver, his mum, Augusta and I, headed over to BBC Broadcasting House on Thursday 12 May to get ready for the radio piece and the live TV interview.

First we were given a tour, which included the main news studio, Radio One and the editing suites. We then popped in to the BBC London News studio so we could familiarise ourselves with the set up and meet Asad Ahmad before he began rehearsals for the 6.30pm show. It was then time to go down to BBC Radio London for the Eddie Nestor interview. Augusta and Oliver were both brilliant (Augusta especially so as she had no idea she was going to be asked questions live on air until it happened!). Finally we were taken to the green room for BBC London News to wait for our call to set.

At just 12-years-old Oliver clearly has a bright future ahead of him as took it all in his stride! But really we should be thanking his younger sister, as Oliver wouldn’t have entered if she hadn’t suggested it – thank goodness she did.

You can listen to the radio piece here (2hrs 20mins in) and watch the full TV interview below. Travelcard holders will be available for free on the Big Dance bus, which will be touring across London from 20 May through to September. Find out when it will be in a location near you here.

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