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Local actress Louise-Marie Bowen is hoping to gain a place among the competitors of a new BBC talent search for a Blue Peter presenter.

CBBC stars Dick and Dom (Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood) are to host an original new series, So You Think You Can Be A Blue Peter Presenter (w/t), where some of the country’s best new presenting talent will compete to join Barney Harwood and Helen Skelton as the third member of the Blue Peter gang.

In a first for the world’s longest-running children’s TV show, the next lucky presenter to join the Blue Peter team will compete through challenge-based heats to reach a final where the winner will be chosen by the CBBC audience.

Double BAFTA-winning presenting team Dick and Dom will bring their much-loved mix of humour, energy and insights to the series, where they will be joined by a panel of judges. The judges will choose which Blue Peter hopefuls make it through each elimination stage, but they can’t influence the ultimate winner – that’s in the hands of the CBBC audience.

The CBBC team is involving the audience from the very start as well, offering them an opportunity, before filming starts, to go online and vote for one of the challenges that the Blue Peter hopefuls will have to rise to.

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CBBC Controller Cheryl Taylor comments: “Working on Blue Peter is a dream job for any aspiring presenter and our search for a new face to join Helen and Barney will generate a huge level of excitement for CBBC viewers. With the irrepressible Dick and Dom on hand to orchestrate proceedings we anticipate high tension and high jinks!”

Louise, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in drama and theatre and who currently works at the egg theatre says,

When I saw the advertisement for the Blue Peter presenter position, I immediately knew I had to apply because I had always wanted to be Blue Peter presenter.  I grew up in Germany where English television was limited so watching Blue Peter made it such a treat.  Whilst living in Germany I developed a sense for adventure but also wanted to follow my passion for the theatre and performing.  I’m just keeping my fingers crossed as I would love to get through to the next round!”

Louise has also been lucky enough to work on episodes of Doctor Who where she has played a number of different monsters including one of the Weeping Angels.

Her audition for the show can be viewed here:

Please watch the video and share it and let’s support Louise and make her dream come true.