Andy and the Band, the music-driven comedy featuring Andy (Andy Day) and his band mates, The Odd Socks, returns to CBBC and iPlayer with twenty more episodes from 13 November.

Rocking up for the ride is the band’s new manager, Emerald, played by teenaged drumming sensation and global internet phenomenon Nandi Bushell in her first lead acting role. Guest stars include legendary rocker turned children’s TV star Sir Brian May; Pussycat Doll and presenter Kimberly Wyatt; Lioness Ella Toone; comedy actor Nina Wadia; and TV chef Rustie Lee.

Andy and the Band is executive produced by Tamsin Skan and Jon Turner and by Lucy Pryke (BBC). It is made by Ninja Pig Productions for the BBC. Described as “modern day Monkees”, madcap musicians Andy and the Odd Socks (Andy (vocals), Rio (guitar), Moxy (drums), Blu (bass) and Cousin Mac (keyboard)) first made their debut during lockdown. As ambassadors for Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day (Monday 13 November), they continue to spread a message of inclusivity and respect and that children should embrace their individuality.

“We’re back with more mayhem, more epic oddsocky tunes, great guest stars and more cheesy puffs for Whiff!,” said Andy Day. “[For] this series there is a narrative that runs through all of the episodes which reaches an explosive crescendo at the end when we have to win the Battle of the Bands because the future of rock depends on it!”

Nandi Bushell, who rose to prominence after jamming with Lenny Kravitz and appearing on stage with rock royalty The Foo Fighters, said: “I have never performed a speaking acting role before so playing Emerald in Andy and the Band was the perfect first role for me. Working with Brian May was a dream come true! He is genuinely one of the nicest people I have ever met. He let me play his guitar and gave me a few lessons when we were on set and made me feel really special.”

Michael Burns

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