A YOUNG actor from Droitwich Spa is set for a starring role in a new children’s television show.

Joe Chambers, 23, from Primsland Way, will be on screen in a new CBeebies series called The Rhyme Rocket, which will be aired at 3.40pm for two weeks from Monday, March 19.

The Salford University student, who is studying media and performance, secured the role along with friend Andy Crawford after the pair attended a BBC talent workshop in 2010.

He has since been busy filming the series at a number of locations across the country and at the BBC’s Media City studio in Salford.

The series will follow the cosmic adventures of First Officer Ditty, Professor Poet and Commander Rhyme-a-lot as they blast through space on a mission to collect poetry and songs from around the universe.

Set aboard a rocket that relies on rhymes to fuel its engines, each programme will blast off from Planet Rhyme on a journey to collect a poem from children on Earth.

Mr Chambers will be playing First Officer Ditty and friend and co-star Andy Crawford, from Cheshire, will take up the role of Professor Poet.

The first series of 10 programmes is due to be aired on the Cbeebies channel before being repeated on BBC2.

A second series will then be filmed in April ahead of on tour later in the year.

The former Droitwich Spa High school pupil said: “I got a call out of the blue asking if we’d be interested. We’d made some mock videos on YouTube and went to a BBC talent workshop in 2010. A year later we got a call asking us to audition for the show.

“I just sort of fell into it but always thought it would be fun to work in children’s television, I just never thought it would be possible.

“I feel really lucky because this is a great opportunity and has been lots of fun. It may even lead to more work.”