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CBeebies Mister Maker joins us for webchat, Tuesday 4 March, 1-2pm

(125 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-Feb-14 11:50:23

We're delighted that Phil 'Mister Maker' Gallagher is joining us at MNHQ on Tuesday at 1pm for a webchat.

Phil has worked in children’s television for the last fifteen years as a production team member, writer, actor and presenter, most famously as Mister Maker in the BBC crafts show. Since its first transmission in 2007, Mister Maker has become a worldwide hit and now plays in over 100 countries around the globe. Phil spent most of last year working on its sixth series, Mister Maker Around The World – where filming took place in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Brazil.

This Easter Phil will be starring as Mister Maker in CBeebies Live! The Big Band, the new arena show that is touring around the UK. He’ll be appearing alongside Justin Fletcher, Mr Tumble, Mr Bloom and many other CBeebies favourites. Full details can be found at www.cbeebieslive.com.

Come and chat to Phil on Tuesday 4 March at 1pm or post a question to him in advance here.

Ahead of the webchat we've got three great 'Mister Maker Make Sheets' for you to download and do ahead: Mister Maker's Flying Saucer, pencil case and Splatmonster.

tinypumpkin Fri 28-Feb-14 14:05:47

Ooooh. It has to be what has been the biggest craft related disaster on set? I am intrigued. It always looks to organised, not what my house looks like when we do craft!

Anonymai Fri 28-Feb-14 16:38:45

I'd like to know whether Mr Maker has always been into arts and crafts or was it something he's got into since doing the show?

pardonmytits Fri 28-Feb-14 19:05:30

Ooh you are my nearly-3-year-old son's favourite. Seriously, we have a cupboard we call our Mister Maker cupboard full of boxes, bottles, yoghurt pots and the like, and he pretends to be you, searching through the doodle drawers and naming everything he picks up grin

My question: have you ever legit failed the minute make? ;)

MrFranklyShankly Fri 28-Feb-14 19:10:09

Hi Mister Maker! Just wondering as an irish gal, is there any irish connection with a surname like Gallagher??? Or any relation to Noel & Liam??!

My DDs ADORE you, whenever they're in a creative pickle it's always 'what would Mister Maker do'!!!!

Thanks

Sandydunes Fri 28-Feb-14 22:35:25

Hi Mister Maker! My two kids both have big smiles on their faces when you appear on the tv. Unfortunately I am a failure when it comes to being a "crafty" mum. Have you any suggestions for idiot proof activities so that even a beginner like me can't mess up?
Thanks!

Maryverycontrary Sat 01-Mar-14 12:43:05

Hi Mr M! Love the show - can you tell me, do you do everything or do you have a team to help you when you're out and about?

Halfbaked Sat 01-Mar-14 15:06:42

Mr maker, the things you make are great, my daughter loves you, we have many mr maker inspired creations.
However I have one little gripe, Why do you always cut shapes out of the middle of a piece of paper?
It wastes so much paper and is a waste of energy, could you please be more environmentally friendly and tesselate.
grin

Weliveinabeautifulworld Sat 01-Mar-14 15:30:44

Ooh la la la la!!! grin

ReputableBiscuit Sat 01-Mar-14 19:08:19

Hi Phil,

Why did Mr Maker go round the world? It increased the BBC's carbon footprint a lot without bring anything especially new to the world of art and craft.

Caff2 Sun 02-Mar-14 01:50:27

Mr Maker is fabulous - he shows my younger son all the things he COULD make if his mother was less crap at craft ;)

Now that Mr Bloom - I'd like to meet him... wink

aglaranna Sun 02-Mar-14 10:14:13

We love your shows!

After careful consideration, my 5 year old son asks "please Mister Maker, what is your favourite colour- mine is red. And blue. And green. And have you ever cut yourself with scissors? Because scissors are sharp!"

(sorry that was two questions)

Bearfrills Sun 02-Mar-14 19:11:34

My four year old thought long and hard, said "would ... He ... He ... Um ... When ... He ... " a lot and finally settled on "would you like some popcorn?"

Not really craft related.

Have you ever made one of the crafts and felt instantly sorry for the many parents and carers who are going to be forced to recreate it and then 'proudly' display it? not mentioning any names, glittery racing car badge

Lollydaydream Sun 02-Mar-14 19:32:54

How stressful is it doing the minute make,especially the ones where there's an actual audience?

TribbleWithoutATardis Sun 02-Mar-14 20:12:18

Do you enjoy going into the schools and making the big crafts?

Why do you make Socky live in a drawer? Ds1 and I frequently wonder why you haven't made him a house yet.

Tapdancingkoala Sun 02-Mar-14 20:56:16

Hi Phil

My 2 year old is a massive fan of your show! Do you do any personal appearances or live shows that I could bring him along to?

LoveBeingCantThinkOfAName Sun 02-Mar-14 23:15:20

Hi phil

My question is could you please make dd a card for her birthday it would make her very happy?

Also are mister maker and mr like-a-biker related?

--was also gona say stop cutting out of the centre of the paper

ViviDeBeauvoir Mon 03-Mar-14 00:15:26

I'm sure you have an accent from a particular part of the south east and I'd love to know if I'm right, so I'm going to ask if you ever went to Excalibur's or Subsonics many years ago? <outs self>
If I've placed your accent correctly you'll possibly know where I mean!

Other than that, my DC love the shapes. Are you planning for them to take on a more central role in the future? Maybe some sort of spin off show?

Hi Mister Maker,
Whatever you do don't do a search on your name on the Mumsnet site it seems some of the ladies may have a little crush on you! shock

Janorisa Mon 03-Mar-14 06:40:42

My daughter (4) LOVES you and loves pretenting to be you. She's obsessed with mixing paint, water and glue.

My question - what do you do with all your creations when shooting is over?

LordPalmerston Mon 03-Mar-14 07:09:27

Mr maker is a lovely guy in rl. I happened to have met him a couple of times. Does lots of stuff for friends gratis

Timetoask Mon 03-Mar-14 08:49:51

Mr. Maker, my two boys love your show.
You seem like a fun person, is there any other cbeebies personality that you hand out with?

Timetoask Mon 03-Mar-14 08:50:05

sorry, hang out with.

Stockhausen Mon 03-Mar-14 11:02:44

Is there a Mrs Maker??

blush

MrsBucketxx Mon 03-Mar-14 11:53:21

i have loads of questions

why does he point all the time. Or this his or a character thing

was the around the world idea come up so you can have a holiday

does he know how annoying his mobile is on the show we have the same ring tone.

sighbynight Mon 03-Mar-14 12:09:58

You don't seem to have visibly aged in 15 years. What is your secret? Because you could make a fortune from that.

VelvetStrider Mon 03-Mar-14 15:01:28

My question is about the Doodle Drawers. All the materials you need seem to conveniently be located in the same few drawers. What would happen if you needed something from the very top drawer? How would you get it out? Or are some of the drawers.........<whispers>...fake? shock How many of the Doodle Drawers are functional?

DownstairsMixUp Mon 03-Mar-14 15:48:35

Ds has asked where he can get a funky polka dot waist coat from so he can look just like you?!

leeloo1 Mon 03-Mar-14 18:11:50

I came on to say 'please stop cutting a tiny shape out of the middle on a piece of expensive A4 paper' too.

My DS (now 5) has loved your show for a couple of years and its made him be much more creative, so thank you for all your good work. I'll ask him if he has a question when he's home from school...

ok... 5 hrs later... after saying "Is he really in real life?" and being persuaded he is, my DS asked "What do you like making best?"

IPokedABadgerWithASpoon Mon 03-Mar-14 18:56:13

My 3 year old loves you too! as do I for the 5 minutes peace I get while you're on tv
He wants to ask you, which is your favourite shape? (he wants you to know his is square!) And what size are they really as they're little on the shelf/in the drawers and then big dancing next to people? I know he's asked you 2 questions there!

Fakebook Mon 03-Mar-14 19:36:30

Hey Mister Maker!

You're a big star in our house; even my 76 year old dad is a big big fan grin.

I have a few questions:

1. What is the best and most memorable thing you've ever created on Mister Maker.

2. Are all the ideas on the programme your own? Or do you have magic helpers?

3. Have you ever NOT made anything in a minute during minute make time. My dd is telling me you didn't make anything in time once, is this true?!

Thanks smile

sittingatmydesk Mon 03-Mar-14 21:30:12

We love Mr Maker in our house. grin

DS1 is 10 years old now, but still has a sneaky watch with his younger brother. We have Mr Maker box of stuff - if Mr Maker didn't exist, I'd never have heard of of air drying clay, or PVA glue.

My question is, do you keep all the stuff you make? You realise that we all have rooms full of pretend plates of food, and plastic spoon bugs?

TeamEdward Tue 04-Mar-14 00:17:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

smallinthesmoke Tue 04-Mar-14 10:46:09

Hello
Please can I ask whether the actor who plays Mr Bloom actually has an RP accent in real life.
DD2 is watching it right now and I always wonder.
Thankyou!

KnockMeDown Tue 04-Mar-14 12:29:12

Hi Mister Maker!

Your show has been my DD's, who is now almost 4, favourite since she was 2! Nowadays, unless it is bedtime and she is tired ( I have a selection recorded for these occasions), she doesn't watch for long, as she is instantly inspired to go and make her own creations grin

She is constantly raiding the recycling, and saying "I can make with that"!

My question is:- how do we get to see you live, on a minute make or similar? Do you have a list of when/where you will be filming?

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Mar-14 12:53:32

We're delighted to welcome Phil into MNHQ, he's arrived and ready to answer your questions smile

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 12:56:26

Hi Everyone, I'm at MNHQ, very excited and ready to answer your questions! Lots of love Mister M x

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 12:58:55

sighbynight

You don't seem to have visibly aged in 15 years. What is your secret? Because you could make a fortune from that.

Hi Sighbynight, you are my favourite person in the whole world! It was my birthday yesterday so that is a lovely message to read. Sadly I have no secret.... maybe its the Kentish water!

Janzen Tue 04-Mar-14 13:00:46

My 2 year old loves your show. He gets very excited when you run to the doodle drawers. I've thought about creating doodle drawers on my own, but never find the time. Have you ever thought of developing doodle drawers (on a smaller scale) for sale?

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:01:23

Anonymai

I'd like to know whether Mr Maker has always been into arts and crafts or was it something he's got into since doing the show?

Hi Anonymai,

I’ve always loved making things – from a very young age. I used to make things with my Grandad, who was a very creative person – I think I get my love for arts and crafts from him. One of my most treasured possessions is a bug with googly eyes that I made with my Grandad about thirty years ago.

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:01:55

[Message edited by MNHQ to remove identifying info]

Hi TeamEdward, lovely to hear from you, I remember you! Do say hello to your little boy and tell him Mister Maker still thinks he's a superstar. Travel safe and maybe see you at Heston Services another day soon!

figgypuddings Tue 04-Mar-14 13:02:26

Hello!
What has been your favourite make?

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:05:53

pardonmytits

Ooh you are my nearly-3-year-old son's favourite. Seriously, we have a cupboard we call our Mister Maker cupboard full of boxes, bottles, yoghurt pots and the like, and he pretends to be you, searching through the doodle drawers and naming everything he picks up grin

My question: have you ever legit failed the minute make? ;)

Obviously our show isn’t "live" but that part of the programme is filmed "as live" for real – we have lots of people watching around the making table these days cheering me on too, so it all has to be made in a minute! We sometimes do have to film a Minute Make again for technical reasons – but for each make, I have practised it again and again against the clock, so I’m ready to go!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:07:42

Fakebook

Hey Mister Maker!

You're a big star in our house; even my 76 year old dad is a big big fan grin.

I have a few questions:

1. What is the best and most memorable thing you've ever created on Mister Maker.

2. Are all the ideas on the programme your own? Or do you have magic helpers?

3. Have you ever NOT made anything in a minute during minute make time. My dd is telling me you didn't make anything in time once, is this true?!

Thanks smile

Hi Fakebook.... and a big hello to your dad!

1. That's a tricky question and too difficult to pick just one. One of the first makes that I made was the Beans on Toast (kitchen sponge, tissue paper balls, gloopy glue and paint). I remember that one fondly.

2. We have an amazing art team that work on the show and support Mister Maker. It's a huge team effort including all our friends at CBeebies.

3. We've just talked about minute makes in pardonmytits's post so hopefully that answers your question

Best wishes and love to you and your DD

My daughter absolutely loves your show she has sat and watched it from 6 months and always smiles when she sees your face and the shapes! She is 17 months now would there be any way of getting a signed photo?

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:10:27

Sandydunes

Hi Mister Maker! My two kids both have big smiles on their faces when you appear on the tv. Unfortunately I am a failure when it comes to being a "crafty" mum. Have you any suggestions for idiot proof activities so that even a beginner like me can't mess up?
Thanks!

Firstly, you’re not messing anything up – I think there are no right and wrong answers with art. Plus, you want to make artwork with your children and that is a wonderful and beautiful thing, so please don’t put yourself down! One of my favourite makes that is supposed to be messy is the “Meal Monster”. Take some colourful wool or string and dunk it into gloopy glue (sorry, it is a messy one!) Place this on a paper plate and you can push in a plastic fork and paper/card eyes, teeth and a paper/card tongue. Leave everything to dry and it will look like a colourful spaghetti monster!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:11:41

Weliveinabeautifulworld

Ooh la la la la!!! grin

Wonderful singing – I think you should go on Britain’s Got Talent. I’ll ask The Shapes if they’re up for being your backing dancers!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:12:47

IPokedABadgerWithASpoon

My 3 year old loves you too! as do I for the 5 minutes peace I get while you're on tv
He wants to ask you, which is your favourite shape? (he wants you to know his is square!) And what size are they really as they're little on the shelf/in the drawers and then big dancing next to people? I know he's asked you 2 questions there!

Hi IPokedABadgerWithASpoon. The Shapes are huge in real life, in fact Rectangle is even taller than me! I can't pick a favourite Shape, but I would say that Circle is marginally the best dancer!!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:16:20

aglaranna

We love your shows!

After careful consideration, my 5 year old son asks "please Mister Maker, what is your favourite colour- mine is red. And blue. And green. And have you ever cut yourself with scissors? Because scissors are sharp!"

(sorry that was two questions)

Hi aglaranna,

Favourite colour is a tricky one… I support Gillingham F.C. (blue shirts) so it has to be blue really.

…And your son sounds like a very sensible little chap. I haven’t cut myself with the scissors on Mister Maker yet…but I do often get my fingers stuck in the little handles as I use Kids’ scissors!!!

NumTumDeDum Tue 04-Mar-14 13:18:48

Hi Phil, who are the Shapes? Or are their identities closely guarded like The Stig? wink

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:18:52

sittingatmydesk

We love Mr Maker in our house. grin

DS1 is 10 years old now, but still has a sneaky watch with his younger brother. We have Mr Maker box of stuff - if Mr Maker didn't exist, I'd never have heard of of air drying clay, or PVA glue.

My question is, do you keep all the stuff you make? You realise that we all have rooms full of pretend plates of food, and plastic spoon bugs?

Hi sittingatmydesk, good to hear that your children enjoy watching our show.... and great to hear that you have been introduced to the wonders of air drying clay and gloopy glue! We do keep a lot of the makes at our studio and we send quite a few to CBeebies HQ. I also keep a lot myself as happy memories of the shows that we've made.

ItsWarmerInTheSouth Tue 04-Mar-14 13:20:15

Hi Mr Maker! So it's World Book Day on fri... I'm rubbish at making costumes but my DS wants to go as Bert from Mark Poppins. How do I make a chimney sweep brush please? Also what the heck can I dress my 3yo DD as? Your simplest ideas please!!

PenguinsEatSpinach Tue 04-Mar-14 13:20:37

Hi there! You are a big favourite in our house, especially when we get to spot Greenwich market on the old minute makes.

I would like to know if you have any magic tips for getting kids interested in the tidying up after a make? Our activities normally consist of 15 minutes of me setting up, half an hour of making and an hour of me tidying up whilst the kids run riot elsewhere!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:21:31

Halfbaked

Mr maker, the things you make are great, my daughter loves you, we have many mr maker inspired creations.
However I have one little gripe, Why do you always cut shapes out of the middle of a piece of paper?
It wastes so much paper and is a waste of energy, could you please be more environmentally friendly and tesselate.
grin

Hi Halfbaked, Mister Maker would of course re-use the paper scraps for another picture – but that is a very good point and I will certainly pass that on to the producers.

Skoggy Tue 04-Mar-14 13:22:06

Hello Phil
I would like to know where has been your favourite place to visit on "...Round the World"? I reckon it would be great if you could do some more around Europe and Scandinavia as well as places on the other side of the World.

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:23:21

NumTumDeDum

Hi Phil, who are the Shapes? Or are their identities closely guarded like The Stig? wink

Hi NumTumDeDum, that's a very funny question! But I'm afraid I don't understand it.... the Shapes are real!!! wink

dear Mr maker...fancy going on a date?!

midwifeandmum Tue 04-Mar-14 13:25:50

hi mister maker lol. my dds adore you but cry when your show finishes and charlie bear starts lol. Any chance of making your last all day so this mummy can get peace lol

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:25:55

tinypumpkin

Ooooh. It has to be what has been the biggest craft related disaster on set? I am intrigued. It always looks to organised, not what my house looks like when we do craft!

Hi tinypumpkin, not really a disaster, but I happily remember a day in Hong Kong last year – we were filming by the harbour on one of the windiest days of the year…and what were we making that day? A picture using scraps of tissue paper! I spent more time chasing the materials than sticking them down.

biscuitfever Tue 04-Mar-14 13:26:22

Hello Mister Maker
We love your shows in this house. DS(5) wants to know where you get all your ideas from. Also he says what's your favourite piece of art you've made. I would ask do you have a favourite artist? Thanks!

AgaPanthers Tue 04-Mar-14 13:27:23

OMG dd (6) loves Mr. Maker and is forever picking egg boxes out of the bin and turning them into artistic creations. As long as I don't have to help it's all good.

Any tips for the entirely unartistic and uncoordinated like me, on how to support their children in their artistic endeavours?

sittingatmydesk Tue 04-Mar-14 13:28:22

Hello! Can't wait to tell the boys that you answered my question!

I have a very pressing craft problem at the moment. I have attempted a papier mache Dobby head for World Book Day. I used some gloopy gluesmile

Unfortunately, the balloons kept popping, and I have had to use a football. I don't think I'm going to be able to cut it off without a fight.

My question is, where did I go wrong? Why did my balloons keep popping?

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:28:44

midwifeandmum

hi mister maker lol. my dds adore you but cry when your show finishes and charlie bear starts lol. Any chance of making your last all day so this mummy can get peace lol

Hi midwifeandmum, what a good idea! I'm drafting a letter to the Commissioner of CBeebies as we speak! Lovely to hear that you and your DDs enjoy our show. Thanks and lots of love.

MoogDroog Tue 04-Mar-14 13:29:12

Hello Mr Maker!

My 2 year old DD thinks the 'Shapes' song is by far the greatest piece if music ever written...

Anyway, my question - on your around the world tour (good gig by the way!) did you pick up any new making techniques from other countries? Anything you'd not thought of before? And where was your favourite place that you visited?

Thanks Mr M grin

HectorVector Tue 04-Mar-14 13:29:28

Hello Mr Maker. My 3 year old DS would like me to tell you that you do not make enough dinosaurs and he would like to ask you, can you please make more dinosaurs? He loved dinosaur week on cbeebies and he's loving Andy's dinosaur adventures... Can you sense a theme where my DS is concerned. On a separate note entirely I really struggle to be crafty and I'm not at all inventive or imaginative when it comes to making things with my son, so thank you for helping a struggling un-crafty mum.

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:29:50

Caff2

Mr Maker is fabulous - he shows my younger son all the things he COULD make if his mother was less crap at craft ;)

Now that Mr Bloom - I'd like to meet him... wink

Ha ha, Ben is a lovely chap. We’re actually appearing on This Morning tomorrow morning with Justin. Watch out for us!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:32:00

Bearfrills

My four year old thought long and hard, said "would ... He ... He ... Um ... When ... He ... " a lot and finally settled on "would you like some popcorn?"

Not really craft related.

Have you ever made one of the crafts and felt instantly sorry for the many parents and carers who are going to be forced to recreate it and then 'proudly' display it? --not mentioning any names, glittery racing car badge--

Hi Bearfrills, I think that Racing Car badge was one of the messiest makes we’ve ever made! I’m so sorry…but hope you had fun!

HectorVector Tue 04-Mar-14 13:32:39

What, what... Mr Maker, Mr Bloom and Justin on This Morning!?!?! I'll set to record immediately.

AgaPanthers Tue 04-Mar-14 13:32:53

Just as an aside, when I type 'Phil Gallagher' into Google, it suggests 'phil gallagher mister maker girlfriend'. wink

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:33:08

AgaPanthers

OMG dd (6) loves Mr. Maker and is forever picking egg boxes out of the bin and turning them into artistic creations. As long as I don't have to help it's all good.

Any tips for the entirely unartistic and uncoordinated like me, on how to support their children in their artistic endeavours?

Hi AgaPanthers, a big hello to you and your DD. I think the most important thing that a grown up needs to remember when supporting their little ones' artistic efforts is that there are no right and wrong answers with art. Just have lots of fun together and be proud of what you create.

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:35:26

Timetoask

Mr. Maker, my two boys love your show.
You seem like a fun person, is there any other cbeebies personality that you hand out with?

Hi Timetoask, very kind of you! I am good friends with a lot of the CBeebies team – but my best buddy is Justin.

midwifeandmum Tue 04-Mar-14 13:35:33

I walk around most of day with "oolalala mister maker" in my head.
dd who is coming on 5 tried to recreate the sofa made of play doh.

everytime we go to make things. everything has to have gooooogly eyes. even if its a car, it has to have gooooogly eyes.

I must say thankyou for making a 5 year old very happy with empty boxes and glue stick. thankyou lol

RighteousSausage Tue 04-Mar-14 13:35:53

Hi Mr Maker, my mum was reading about you in the Canterbury University magazine last week. She was doing her English degree at the same time you were, and I very excitedly said she may have been in lectures with you. She says it's unlikely as she was a part time mature student and you are "a young chap". Did you enjoy your time there, and did you manage to get googly eyes and air drying clay into your dissertation?

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:37:04

giraffesCantBoogie

dear Mr maker...fancy going on a date?!

blush That's a very kind offer, giraffesCantBoogie, but I already have lunch plans at Mumsnet today! But please accept these beautiful flowers as a thank you! thanks

pardonmytits Tue 04-Mar-14 13:37:59

Aw thanks for answering Mister M!

But now I have the Shapes song well and truly lodged in my brain. Yay...! grin

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:40:27

Maryverycontrary

Hi Mr M! Love the show - can you tell me, do you do everything or do you have a team to help you when you're out and about?

I have to – and more to the point want to – make everything that you see being filmed on the show. However, side by side with me is (in my opinion) the most skilled art team working in television. We need our team to back up Mister Maker and the production team – making sure that we have materials and multiples and stages of everything so that we can overcome any technical issues. Their expertise is at the heart of everything that we do on the show.

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:42:43

RighteousSausage

Hi Mr Maker, my mum was reading about you in the Canterbury University magazine last week. She was doing her English degree at the same time you were, and I very excitedly said she may have been in lectures with you. She says it's unlikely as she was a part time mature student and you are "a young chap". Did you enjoy your time there, and did you manage to get googly eyes and air drying clay into your dissertation?

Hi RighteousSausage, say hello to your mum from a fellow Canterbury student. I loved my time in the beautiful city and in fact I was lucky enough to return there last Christmas for panto. Last week I was honoured to be asked by the English Department at Canterbury Christ Church University to give a short lecture about creative work and script writing. I was able to talk proudly about my work with CBeebies, both in front and behind the camera x

PS, funnily enough I did mention googly eyes in my lecture!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:43:50

MrFranklyShankly

Hi Mister Maker! Just wondering as an irish gal, is there any irish connection with a surname like Gallagher??? Or any relation to Noel & Liam??!

My DDs ADORE you, whenever they're in a creative pickle it's always 'what would Mister Maker do'!!!!

Thanks

Awwww love it! Thank you so much!

ElbowofEthel Tue 04-Mar-14 13:44:41

My DD can be a fussy eater - could you do some makes which involve food?

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:45:16

Stockhausen

Is there a Mrs Maker??

blush

Ha ha, what a fantastic question – sadly not at the moment!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:48:15

Lollydaydream

How stressful is it doing the minute make,especially the ones where there's an actual audience?

Truthfully, it really makes me nervous…but then it is really exciting too! I practise very hard before the Minute Make filming, so I’m always ready!

My daughters school has banned egg boxes & we cant send them in.
Who knew that an egg box could be dangerous?

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:49:01

HectorVector

What, what... Mr Maker, Mr Bloom and Justin on This Morning!?!?! I'll set to record immediately.

Hi HectorVector, it is very exciting for the three of us to be on This Morning - the 'three Misters' together on national live television! I hope you enjoy watching it. Also, I'll be appearing on BBC Breakfast next Monday (10th March) with the lovely Katy Ashworth.

Well if you are ever in Glasgow come and discuss my chilrens craft blog over a coffee! I was meant to go to Cc uni to do post grad in play therapy but it has swapped to Leeds.

hi Phil my daughter is autistic, she loves your show and I have bought some of the Mr maker arts and crafts sets for her to try and get her interested in making things. do you have an input in what they contain and will the range be increasing?

ninjaturtlesmum Tue 04-Mar-14 13:50:27

Hi mister maker

My two sons have been fans of your shows for a few years now, in fact we have quite a few creations round the house to prove it. My eldest has his heart set on being an artist when he grows up just like mister maker!

VMC04 Tue 04-Mar-14 13:50:42

Absolutely love Mr. Maker. Not a question, but a thank you for inspiring me to get arty with my children (one of the few things that I honestly feel I do well in this motherhood adventure). We even have our own Doodle Drawers so that literally everything we could possibly need is at our fingertips in a moment's notice. And it has helped my children grow with their imaginations and creativity so much that I don't really need to help them much with their school arty projects! Result! OK, here is a question... how does one actually get involved with children's entertainment? And do you do the actual art or is it someone else? DH is a wee bit jealous of our fascination with you and refers to you as Mr. Faker to big himself up ;)

pardonmytits Tue 04-Mar-14 13:50:44

One more question Mr M - what other things/hobbies do you like to do, apart from making? smile

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:51:13

ElbowofEthel

My DD can be a fussy eater - could you do some makes which involve food?

Hi ElbowofEthel, we have made things using food before, but they've not been edible. I think this is a question best answered by Katy A, perhaps have a look for a recent episode of I Can Cook on BBC iPlayer. Thanks for your question and happy cooking!

RustyParker Tue 04-Mar-14 13:51:28

Hi Phil, do you plan to stay in children's tv for the foreseeable future or are you planning other projects?

p.s. you'll be stalked by mumsnetters now you have said you are single! You do sound lovely btw!

ElbowofEthel Tue 04-Mar-14 13:52:06

Thanks very much!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:57:48

VMC04

Absolutely love Mr. Maker. Not a question, but a thank you for inspiring me to get arty with my children (one of the few things that I honestly feel I do well in this motherhood adventure). We even have our own Doodle Drawers so that literally everything we could possibly need is at our fingertips in a moment's notice. And it has helped my children grow with their imaginations and creativity so much that I don't really need to help them much with their school arty projects! Result! OK, here is a question... how does one actually get involved with children's entertainment? And do you do the actual art or is it someone else? DH is a wee bit jealous of our fascination with you and refers to you as Mr. Faker to big himself up ;)

Hi VMC04, thank you for your lovely message and kind words. The way that I got my break into the television industry was by finding a work experience placement and then a studio runner's job. I was very fortunate to work in a live TV studio where they needed people to learn quickly and multi-task. Any experience like that can be valuable and gives you a really clear insight into the specific job you may want to do within the industry.

Hope this helps - please send my best to DH and tell him he's a top man!

PS, I do all the making on Mister Maker (backed up by an amazing production team) and practise very hard before we start filming - it's just like being back at school revising for my exams!

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Mar-14 14:00:37

Hi everyone, its 2pm but there's still a few questions to answer so Phil will be staying an extra quarter of an hour to finish smile

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 14:01:12

RustyParker

Hi Phil, do you plan to stay in children's tv for the foreseeable future or are you planning other projects?

p.s. you'll be stalked by mumsnetters now you have said you are single! You do sound lovely btw!

Hi RustyParker, I love working in children's TV and hope that I am lucky enough to work in it for the rest of my career. There are some new projects that I'm working on in the future, some are with Mister Maker and some are new. Watch this space and thank you very much for your support smile

Skoggy Tue 04-Mar-14 14:01:44

Well, aren't you a lovely chap. smile
Feel free to answer my question. :D

PigsOnTheLoose Tue 04-Mar-14 14:02:02

Not a question, just wanted to say me and my daughter love mr maker! We made a 'shapes mobile' the other day. My daughter loves the shapes. Especially the triangle haha.

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 14:02:37

pardonmytits

One more question Mr M - what other things/hobbies do you like to do, apart from making? smile

Hi pardonmytits, I love watching football and cricket and spending time with my friends. I'm looking forward to catching up with Justin, Andy and Katrina on our Easter tour bus!

PeaceEagle Tue 04-Mar-14 14:03:41

Someone up thread asked about your favourite artist. I'd love to know that too.

PigsOnTheLoose Tue 04-Mar-14 14:03:42

Also just wanted to say that you sound like a lovely person after reading this.

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 14:06:11

Skoggy

Hello Phil
I would like to know where has been your favourite place to visit on "...Round the World"? I reckon it would be great if you could do some more around Europe and Scandinavia as well as places on the other side of the World.

Hi Skoggy, thank you for your patience and your great question. It's tricky to pick my favourite filming destination but one of my favourite moments was filming in Cape Town last year. During a break in filming my producer came up to me and told me that one of my heroes, Michaela Strachan, was waiting to say hello!! She lives in South Africa and was kind enough to visit our set.

Tomorrow on This Morning I will get to meet another of my heroes, Phillip Schofield. What a lucky boy I am!

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 14:08:47

PeaceEagle

Someone up thread asked about your favourite artist. I'd love to know that too.

Hi PeaceEagle, I've been lucky enough to see Monet paintings up close and I've always found them beautiful and breathtaking. As a child I was fascinated by the skill of Tony Hart and I remember his television programmes fondly.

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 14:09:25

PigsOnTheLoose

Also just wanted to say that you sound like a lovely person after reading this.

Hi PigsOnTheLoose, that's very kind - you're not so bad yourself! smile

PeaceEagle Tue 04-Mar-14 14:10:58

Thanks for answering, lovely to hear about fond memories of watching Tony Hart smile

Skoggy Tue 04-Mar-14 14:11:40

Oh wow! Michaela Strachan?! I remember her from the early days of the Really Wild Show with Chris Packam and Terry Nutkin! Lucky you! Mind you... lucky you for being able to go to Cape Town and the such. You must really love it!
I'm a crafter but I reckon crochet and fibre crafts aren't exactly valued for their entertainment properties :P

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 14:11:44

ninjaturtlesmum

Hi mister maker

My two sons have been fans of your shows for a few years now, in fact we have quite a few creations round the house to prove it. My eldest has his heart set on being an artist when he grows up just like mister maker!

Hi ninjaturtlesmum, what a lovely message to read! Send my best wishes to your eldest and tell him to consider a spotty waistcoat! I hope he continues to enjoy his artwork and that you and your sons keep watching our show and having lots of fun x

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 14:13:59

midwifeandmum

I walk around most of day with "oolalala mister maker" in my head.
dd who is coming on 5 tried to recreate the sofa made of play doh.

everytime we go to make things. everything has to have gooooogly eyes. even if its a car, it has to have gooooogly eyes.

I must say thankyou for making a 5 year old very happy with empty boxes and glue stick. thankyou lol

Thank you to you midwifeandmum and to everybody that enjoys the Shape Song. I agree, it is the catchiest tune ever written! x

PhilGallagher Tue 04-Mar-14 14:19:07

To all my Mumsnetter friends, thank you so much for an enjoyable afternoon. It has been great to chat with you - thanks for your fantastic questions and good humour! Also, thank you for your kind words and support of Mister Maker - it is really appreciated by me and all of our team. Being Mister Maker is a dream job for me, so hearing that so many grown-ups and Mini Makers enjoy watching our show is truly wonderful. Best wishes and love...Phil x

pardonmytits Tue 04-Mar-14 14:22:36

Bye bye Mister Maker smile You come across as such a lovely person - thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. Good luck with your upcoming projects!

Skoggy Tue 04-Mar-14 14:36:32

Thank you for coming to MN to chat to us.
All the best, you lovely lovely bloke! smile

Thumbwitch Tue 04-Mar-14 15:05:46

Argh, missed it! never mind. Lovely reading all the answers!

My DS1 and 2 both love your show, which is shown in Australia on ABC2 regularly - DS1 is always wanting to make everything you do. I have to rein him back a little... DS2 is not quite 17mo, so a bit young yet but he loves the Shapes.

IglooisnowinSheffield Tue 04-Mar-14 15:19:31

Aww wasn't he lovely grin

What a lovely chat he sounded really sweet. I love that he remembered the kid on the service station from years ago.

Anonymai Tue 04-Mar-14 15:57:47

Ooh I got an answer! grin yay! Mr Maker sounds a nice chap. I've enjoyed this webchat!

Fakebook Tue 04-Mar-14 16:14:42

What a nice man! My Dad is very happy with his little hello!

Housemum Tue 04-Mar-14 16:49:01

Missed the chat but just to say he really is a lovely chap - he opened our local Hobbycraft's a couple of years ago, huge queues of an hour or so, he kept on smiling and made each child feel special smile

midwifeandmum Tue 04-Mar-14 17:26:44

awww he was soo lovely. next we need to get justin on here lol

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 04-Mar-14 18:43:10

ah hes come across so lovely and sweet hasn't he?

Hmmm. think Im beginning to get a wee crushy there, for his personality anyway!!!

He sent me flowers AAAAW

TeamEdward Tue 04-Mar-14 19:56:29

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PenguinsEatSpinach Tue 04-Mar-14 20:35:46

He obviously genuinely did too TeamEdward. I am always suspicious of that type of thing, but he named which M4 services it was and you didn't!

TeamEdward Tue 04-Mar-14 21:30:47

Except it wasn't Heston but Chieveley!

cakesonatrain Wed 05-Mar-14 00:12:08

Aw, Mister Maker (Maker Maker! to my 2.7yo) sounds ever so lovely.
DS would be amazed to see the 3 Misters on telly together. Must remember to record it!

MrsPennyapple Wed 05-Mar-14 12:45:12

Ah, missed the webchat. But he does sound lovely, doesn't he?

LetZygonsbeZygons Wed 05-Mar-14 17:35:04

Did you see him and the other 2 on this morning? hes so tall!

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