Great Yarmouth boy in Channel 4 documentary

Kain McBarron, 13, with the Bafta Award Winning Directors - Marina Parker and Nick Holt on the set of Dinner At 11. This is also where Jamie Oliver filmed his original series. Picture: submitted Kain McBarron, 13, with the Bafta Award Winning Directors - Marina Parker and Nick Holt on the set of Dinner At 11. This is also where Jamie Oliver filmed his original series. Picture: submitted

Friday, May 30, 2014
7:59 AM

A boy from Great Yarmouth stars in a Channel 4 documentary featuring eight children in a dinner party talking about grown-up subjects including divorce and politics.

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Dinner at 11, which is being aired on June 2, features Yarmouth schoolboy Kain McBarron, 13, who can been seen wearing a suit and playing the ukulele as George Formby on the programme.

Mum Heather McBarron, 38, has seen the documentary, made by Dragonfly Film and TV production, which she said was “really good”.

She added: “I feel beyond proud – it’s a thrill, as we did not expect him to get this far. You only have one opportunity.”

Kain was also pleased. He said: “I think it’s really good. We all had our own personalities on the show which comes across. I’m very interested in the performing arts. While I would like to go to college or university, I would also love to be an entertainer. But if I were a lawyer I might get paid more.”

As well as playing the ukulele, Kain is also competent on guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano and bass drum.

He cites his interests as black and white films, Fred Astaire, fishing and coin collecting.

He hates modern technology, social media, playing computer games, football and refuses to have a mobile phone or iPod.

He said he was inspired to take up the ukulele after listening to Formby, and said the future was “really scary because you don’t know what’s going to happen”.

His mother, a data manager at Ormiston Venture Academy, said: “We found out about the documentary at school. Colleagues had been sent an email from Dragonfly and we were sent an application form.

“Kain did an audition tape and was then invited to a test screening. The documentary was filmed during last year’s summer holidays, when Kain was 12.”

Kain lives with his mum and her partner, Bryan Pulham, who works at Sidegate Peugeot in Yarmouth.

A spokesman for the show said: “From a range of backgrounds, the children have never met before and have very different experiences and opinions. But over a three-course meal – prepared by chefs of a similar age, naturally – they say what they think about issues ranging from family, parenting, marriage and divorce to politics, education, and bullying.”

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