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Kid who went on Dick and Dom in da Bungalow recalls sad memory from filming

Kid who went on Dick and Dom in da Bungalow recalls sad memory from filming

Dick and Dom brought viewers endless laughter, but this former contestant claims the filming process wasn't all fun

Tuning into Dick and Dom in da Bungalow was the best part of many of our weekend rituals while growing up.

Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood managed to make millions of viewers chuckle with their eccentric humour and wacky pranks - and let's not forget how much laughter watching them play 'Bogies' in public places brought.

Every kid in the UK wanted a chance to become a 'Bungalow Head' and join the eccentric duo on the telly as a contestant on the ridiculously silly CBBC show, which later got moved to BBC One due to its success.

Although it looked incredibly good fun and youngsters could walk away with a decent prize, apparently the reality while filming wasn't as amusing as it seemed.

The topic was discussed in a Reddit thread by social media users as someone wanted to get the inside scoop on what it was really like behind the scenes on Dick and Dom in da Bungalow.

A legion of fans who had grew up watching the comedy duo chimed in and shared their fond memories of either starring on or applying to get on the show.

We all wanted a chance to be a Bungalow Head to lark around with the comedy duo.
BBC

Others were just simply hoping to find a Redditor who was bold enough to dish the dirt on the TV secrets that surrounded Dick and Dom's smash hit show.

The thread also managed to clear some rumours up - including the question of whether Bungalow Heads bedded down for the night on set.

If you were still wondering after all these years, the answer is no. Anyway, back to the juicy stuff.

One social media user claimed they had been a contestant on the show as a child, and even though it's been a few years, they claimed to have a pretty vivid recollection of the process.

The Reddit user had good things to say about Dick and Dom, but not about the entire crew.
MJ Kim/Getty Images

First off, they claimed that the whole thing was 'pretty much staged', despite Dick and Dom supposedly being broadcast live.

The post read: "Saturday was filmed live and Sunday was filmed straight after the Saturday show.

"It was all pretty much staged.

"It was great fun and the backstage people put out a whole table full of sugary snacks to keep the kids full of beans.

"Can’t say that the people were all that nice though. Mind you, they’d be doing it for years by that point."

The former contestant then went on to claim that the mood wasn't as cheerful in the studio as it looked when watching from home.

The post continued: "As soon as the cameras cut nobody was very interested in the contestants, felt like a set dressing.

"I remember I messed something up that was staged and after, right in front of me, one of the producers said to the actor that was on with us (not Dick or Dom) 'well recovered, you know what they say, never work with children or animals'.

"That didn’t feel great."

The Redditor said they 'hugely regret' even participating on the show as they were 'massively bullied' at school afterwards, forcing them to move to a different school to escape the constant teasing.

"Just to say again though, it was fun at the time," they added.


It's safe to say people were pretty gutted that the illusion of the beloved show from their childhoods was somewhat shattered - and that the former contestant ended up wishing they had never gone on it.

One replied: "Oh no I’m so sorry you got bullied because of it! Sounds like work and fun to be honest! I never considered it was done in one day.

"I imagined it would actually be a sleepover as a kid, but as an adult I think that would have been odd! Thanks for sharing!"

Another added: "I never really got it as a kid. I don't think I understand slapstick humour though - don't like Mr Bean for the same reason."

LADbible has contacted the BBC for comment.

Featured Image Credit: CBBC

Topics: BBC, CBBC, TV and Film, Reddit, Social Media