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Published 22nd Nov 2011

Rebecca Watson using her creative skills at Cleveland College of Art and Design at Green Lane, Middlesbrough

A budding Middlesbrough designer has scored a hat-trick after scooping the chance to work on the nation’s most popular television shows.

Cleveland College of Art and Design student Rebecca Watson has been working on the hit Channel 4 soap drama Hollyoaks as costume assistant and in the art department on the popular BBC series Inspector George Gently.

Her talents were spotted by the production designer for the hit children’s series Tracy Beaker for the BBC.

Rebecca, 20, of Middlesbrough, said: “I used to watch the show as a child and I couldn’t believe it when they phoned me to offer me the experience, it’s just amazing.

“I was so pleased because, when I worked on George Gently, I tried hard to build up contacts and it has really paid off.

“When I look back I can’t believe the exciting opportunities I have had. It’s fantastic and I am learning so much about the industry.”

Rebecca has been working on the set of Tracy Beaker preparing props and graphics for the different sets and sometimes shooting up to 20 scenes per day.

“I worked a lot putting props out and checking on the monitor for continuity in scene changes to make sure the sets and costumes stayed the same,” said Rebecca, who graduated from CCAD with BA degree in entertainment design crafts.

“The art director has also shown me how to break down the script and how to organise the rooms used on set. Preparation is really important to make sure the directors are happy.”

Rebecca is currently in the final year of her course at CCAD and is very excited about what further opportunities this may bring.

“The skills I learned at CCAD have helped me so much. The tutors have really supported me and pushed me in the right direction,” said Rebecca. “Their knowledge and contacts in the industry have helped such a lot.

“Working with the television shows has been amazing; it has really helped with my course work and has been one of the best things I have ever done.”

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Photo caption: Rebecca Watson using her creative skills at Cleveland College of Art and Design at Green Lane, Middlesbrough

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