Roddy’s new television role is just his cup of tea

Roddy Gilkison who plays Elliot and Evie Brassington who plays Charlotte in the show.
Roddy Gilkison who plays Elliot and Evie Brassington who plays Charlotte in the show.

A budding young actor from Bearsden has landed a starring role in a new children’s TV show on Cbeebies which was filmed in Scotland.

Teacup Travels, which was filmed and produced by Plum Films based in Edinburgh, launched on Monday, February 9 on the popular children’s TV channel.

Roddy Gilkison (12) plays Elliot alongside young Edinburgh actress Evie Brassington, who plays Charlotte.

Roddy only started acting three years ago and he has already played a role in hit TV drama Outlander.

Charlotte’s Great Aunt Lizzie has a teacup collection that fascinates the children and leads them to a series of historical adventures. Each cup is decorated with a different historical item and the children choose a different teacup whenever they visit.

She tells the children a story about the cup and they imagine themselves going on an adventure, which leads them to learn about a variety of artefacts, such as a 3000-year-old Egyptian mirror.

The 25-part series features 15-minute episodes inspired by a real artefact from a museum somewhere in the UK and was filmed in the head gardener’s cottage in Princes Street Gardens and Loretto School near Edinburgh.

Great Aunt Lizzie is played by Gemma Jones, who is famous for her roles in Harry Potter and Bridget Jones Diary.

Kay Benbow, director of Children’s Television, said: “This is a first for Cbeebies to bring ancient history and archaeology to our young audience. The series combines story telling with high adventure in a way that will inspire and encourage children to want to learn more about life in ancient times. Children will love going on the adventures to discover what life was like thousands of years ago.”

Simon Parsons, Plum Films, said: “Teacup Travels takes kids on a ride through historic landscapes, complete with Roman temples, pyramids and a Great Wall of China. It allows them to discover ancient objects and learn about the people who used them.”