Clontarf actress in new kids' show

Published 12:00pm 29 June 2023

Clontarf actress in new kids' show
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

A Clontarf actress, who is no stranger to the small screen, will star in a new television show for kids.

In her new role, Ashlee Lollback plays an alien named Major Letdown who has been sent to Earth to investigate humans and find the answers to some of life’s most puzzling questions in the show titled Earth Science Investigators.

It will premiere on Monday, July 3 at 7.30am and run until early September on 9Now and 9GO!

Speaking to Moreton Daily ahead of the first episode, Ashlee, who moved to Clontarf a year ago, said all 50 episodes focused on a different aspect of human behaviour or biology.

“The aliens are here to ask lots of questions about life on Earth, such as why do humans have pets, why don’t humans run on batteries, why do humans sleep, how do humans produce food, and other puzzling questions like that,” Ashlee said.

“The show is very educational but it’s also full of lots of comedy.

“It caters for quite a broad audience, so there will be something for little kids, teenagers and adults.”

The first episode launches into the body's digestive system and asks the question why do humans eat?

From discovering what happens inside our bodies when we’re hungry, to how produce is grown and even a “live cross” into the digestive system to discover where consumed food goes, the episode ensures no stone is left unturned in answering important scientific questions.

Ashlee said one of her favourite segments was when the aliens hit the streets to talk to other humans.

“We went out to Queen St Mall in Brisbane and also down to the Gold Coast where we talked to people about these human behaviours and some of their responses were very interesting,” Ashlee said, laughing.

She is encouraging families to tune into the show, saying there will be plenty of laughs and some cool facts to learn.

“I think this show will be a great way to start your day,” Ashlee said.

“You can watch the show while having your breakfast and before you head off to school.

“It’s a nice little energy boost where you watch two crazy aliens who are trying to figure out how the world operates, and you might even learn some cool new facts.”

Clontarf actress in new kids' show

Filmed in Queensland

The pilot episode was filmed late last year, with the cast spending the past few months filming the remaining episodes.

The show was written and produced in Queensland using local talent.

Ashlee is no stranger to the screen, having hosted SMASHDOWN: Search for the GOAT, which also aired on Channel 9.

She is also fresh off a record-breaking run onstage with Boy Swallows Universe.

Joining Ashlee on stage is Arnijka Larcombe-Weate (The Bureau of Magical Things and Boy Swallows Universe) who plays the second alien Private Groupchat. Together, they both must report back their findings to General Ignorance, played by Michael Balk (SMASHHDOWN: Search for the GOAT and Dirtgirlworld).

“The entire filming process was a lot of fun and there was so much joyful energy between the entire cast because we have all worked together before,” Ashlee said.

Clontarf actress in new kids' show

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