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BBC presenter Nick Baker and a renowned puppeteer have created a new live show about bugs which College students were lucky enough to be among the first to see.

Nick has worked with William 'Todd' Todd-Jones - famed for his work on films like Labyrinth and Who Framed Roger Rabbit - to come up with the show called Bugged.

Year 7 and 8 Science students were treated to a performance of the production, which looks at the world of entomology through a clever combination of puppetry and technology, on 19 October 2015.

 "Todd and I have been talking about doing this show for a long time,” explained Nick, known for his appearances on The Really Wild Show and Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures.

"What we want to do is to embed scientific facts via entertainment in a creative way."

Todd brings to life Gil - an enormous rhinoceros beetle puppet - who helps Nick introduce the audience to the fascinating world of creepy crawlies.

And throughout the show Nick uses a number of high-power microscopes hooked up to a live feed and projector to enable the audience to get a close-up view of bugs including praying mantises, stick insects and woodlice.

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"I've been interested in bugs since I was a child - I think all kids are - and I've just never grown up!" joked Nick, who plans to take the show to venues across the UK.

"We use technology to make little things big and to shine a light on the creatures we just take for granted.

"The reception from the students has been amazing. I hope they had fun and it got them thinking a bit more about bugs and the world of insects and invertebrates."

Year 7 student Callum said the show was "really interesting".

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"I wasn't that interested in bugs before the show," said Callum.

"But I learnt a lot like the fact that not all insects that look like bees are actually bees and also that a swarm of flies can eat a horse quicker than a lion.
"We found out how important bugs are in our world, I would definitely recommend going to see this show - it's really cool."

More than 200 students were in the audience and Science teacher Miss Orrell said it was a “thoroughly enjoyable” afternoon.  

"The students really enjoyed themselves in between enthusiastic shrieks of ‘urgh!’ and ‘yuck!’" she said.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to see an innovative and unique show which brought the world of bugs to life for students and teachers – we’ll all remember it for a long time."

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