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Friday 14 November 2014

Student creates the prototype for E4's 'Bad Robots'

Jack Threlfall, a third year student at Southampton Solent University, is definitely ahead of the game when it comes to getting himself noticed.

In just one week the talented under-graduate took time out from his Special Effects (BA Hons) course to create the prototype head for the exciting new Channel 4 prank comedy show Bad Robots which premiers on Tuesday 11th November at 10pm.

The opportunity arose when Southampton Solent’s course leader, Johnny Issapour, was contacted by Ben Spiteri of Objective Productions Company. Ben who is writer, producer and performer in the show, wanted a character for the show based on Johnny Cab, the taxi driver from Total Recall.


Having graduated from Southampton Solent in 2007, he was aware of the excellent work students produce in special effects and student, Jack Threlfall, stepped up to the challenge.

Jack researched different materials and found a material called P38 which is like car filler. He sculpted the head out of clay. He used animatronics to make the eyes and nose move. He did try to make the neck move but the motor was so strong it spun the head right off!

Once finished, Jack packed up his robot (who he nicknamed Jerry), hid him in a bin bag and took him on the train, letting him out occasionally for the odd selfie. At the studio the guys thought it was amazing. They put a hidden camera under its hat and set up bogus meetings, filming the reaction.

The Bad Robot series is currently showing at 10pm on E4.

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