Critically acclaimed kids football drama Jamie Johnson, commended as ‘Grange Hill and Jossy’s Giants for a new generation’ by BBC Radio 5 live’s Afternoon Edition TV Club, returns to screens this April for a second series consisting of 10 x 30 minute episodes. Episodes 1-3 will launch exclusively on BBC iPlayer as a series preview in April, with the full second series then rolling out on CBBC weekly throughout April and May from Wednesday 5th April 2017.
On the show returning to screens for a second series, Louis Dunn, who plays the character Jamie Johnson, said: “I’m thrilled Jamie Johnson is back as it’s so much fun to film. Like Jamie, I can’t get enough of football, so getting to play it every day and meet some of my biggest sporting idols like Steven Gerrard and Jess Clarke has been REALLY cool.”
Inspired by the books of Dan Freedman, Series 2 of Jamie Johnson features special cameos from some of Britain’s most-loved sporting stars, including Steven Gerrard, Jessica Clarke, Ian Wright, John Stones, Sue Barker and Carl Froch.
Jamie Johnson (played by Louis Dunn) is a 12-year-old from Nottingham, who lives and breathes football. The debut series saw Jamie, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent for football, struggle to adjust to major new challenges in his life.
Jamie has the potential to live every schoolboy’s dream – to become a professional footballer – however life off the pitch is a bit more complicated. From starting a new school and dealing with school bully Dillon (played by Patrick Ward), to getting to grips with his parents’ separation and the subsequent absence of his father, Jamie made it through the first series with boundless support from his new school friends Jack (played by Lenna Gunning Williams) and Boggy (played by Jonnie Kimmins), alongside his football-mad grandad Mike (played by Tim Dantay).
Series 2 returns as Jamie is riding high from the success of putting a goal past the Hawk’s legendary keeper Leon Tibbs (played by Roy Caroll), but Jamie is about to face his biggest challenge yet - himself. He certainly has the talent, but does he have the maturity to leave his personal problems in the locker room and focus on the game to make his dreams of being scouted a reality?
As Jamie's temper, determination and focus are repeatedly tested it's one step forward and a million steps back as Jamie is forced to watch his arch nemesis, Dillon, live the life he wants: the reputation as a talented player, friendship with the son of Hawkstone’s latest international signing and a scholarship with his beloved Hawkstone Academy.
It's not all plain sailing for the rest of the team in series 2 either, as Boggy discovers the road to love is a rocky one, Dillon has a life changing medical condition to come to terms with and Jack works twice as hard as the rest of the team to prove herself to football coach Mr Hansard.