Rhonda cre­ates TV show in­spired by her own son

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A woman from Ash­ford has cre­ated a new TV show for chil­dren.

The Bril­liant Book is the brain­child of Rhonda Mer­rick and will pre­miere on the Com­mu­nity Chan­nel in Oc­to­ber.

Ms Mer­rick, 47, who was born in New Or­leans, says the fun and ed­u­ca­tional show was in­spired by her son, Ben­jamin, nine, who is on the autis­tic spec­trum.

She said: “A few years ago one of Ben­jamin’s teach­ers sug­gested he make a book that would in­clude all the bril­liant things he has achieved at school. This is where the idea came from. We want to make learn­ing and read­ing fun, as well as in­creas­ing the lit­er­acy lev­els across the na­tion.”

Each 30-minute episode, which will be loosely based

‘We want to make learn­ing and read­ing fun, as well as in­creas­ing lit­er­acy’

on a let­ter of the al­pha­bet, will in­clude an­i­mated seg­ments, drawn by Ms Mer­rick her­self, a “bril­liant friend of the day” and film clips show­ing Ben­jamin and a group of his friends go­ing on ad­ven­tures.

Most of the mu­sic will be pro­duced by Ms Mer­rick’s band, Rhonda and the Great Un­known.

She said: “At first I wasn’t sure if Ben­jamin would be in the show, even though it was in­spired by him, but I wasn’t sure if he could cope. But once I told him about the idea, he nat­u­rally as­sumed he would be the star, and so he was cast as the lead. Its great be­cause it is some­thing we can do to­gether. The ‘friend of the day’ is a great way to show chil­dren what dif­fer­ent jobs and ca­reers there are out there.”

Ms Mer­rick, Ben­jamin and his troop of friends, which in­cludes his step-broth­ers Daniel and Phillip Swann, usu­ally spend their week­ends film­ing new ad­ven­tures for the se­ries so that it will be ready to run on the Com­mu­nity Chan­nel from Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing a bak­ing ses­sion.

It will also be avail­able to view on Free­view, BBC iPlayer and YouTube.

Ms Mer­rick, who moved to Ash­ford last year and cur­rently works part-time as a tu­tor for Tuition Ex­tra, is look­ing for peo­ple from dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sions to fea­ture in the ‘friend of the day’ sec­tion of the show.

I f you would l i ke to c on­tribute, c on­tact Ms Mer­rick on 07851 413060 or go to TheBril­liantBook.com

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe FM3290680

TV Rhonda Mer­rick, with son Ben­jamin Tay­lor, nine, Daniel Swann, eight, and Phillip Swann, six

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