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Aston Village junior infants turn silver screen stars tonight

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The junior infants of Aston Village Educate Together school will take centre stage tonight as they star in a brand new, five-part series on Virgin Media One, ‘Big Year in Big School.’

Described as a landmark series, episode one airs on Virgin Media One tonight at 9pm exploring the secret world of junior infants.

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Narrated by actor and author Amy Huberman, the series offer an intimate window into the ups, downs, tears, tantrums and triumphs that unfold as the class of children enter school for the first time for the 2019/20 academic year.

Big Year in Big School offers a fascinating insight into the lives and minds of children from a variety of backgrounds and also offers a unique insight into the effects of COVID-19 on the children as they experienced a first year in school like no other.

Producers used state-of-the-art fixed rig technology to film the class at the school in Aston Village in Drogheda. Child psychotherapist Colman Noctor and child psychologist Malie Coyne also offer expert insights into the behaviour and interactions of the class.

Among the kids to feature are Dawson, who doesn’t like girls, and Kiera, who loves Dawson. There’s also Awwab, who wants to be a surgeon and is determined to be the most diligent in the class, and his best friend Pablo, who arrived from Spain without a word of English two days before the first day of school.

Heidi and Anita both like to be in charge. Adam and Lena speak Polish to each other so teacher Maria doesn’t know what their planning, and each and every one of them are desperate to be ‘on the rainbow’ and getting a prize at the end of the day.

The five-part series begins tonight (Sunday, September 13) at 9pm on Virgin Media One. The programme will also be available to view on the Virgin Media Player.

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