The Sparticle Mystery filmed at Magna

21 September 2012

The cast of the children’s TV programme The Sparticle Mystery took over part of Magna Science Adventure Centre this week to film an episode for the second series.

The cult CBBC show tells the story of ten children who are left to fend for themselves after a science experiment goes wrong, resulting in all those of age 15 and over disappearing into a parallel universe. The second series is due to be broadcast next year.

Line producer Liz Noble, of Sparticles Productions, an independent production company which makes the programme for the BBC, said Magna was the perfect place to film.

“We are thrilled to be here. Magna is a fantastic location and an incredible space and it should look fantastic on screen,” she said.

Magna is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks, which were once the biggest in the world and employed 10,000 people.

Magna’s corporate sales director Helen Davies said the sheer size and complexity of Magna made it a versatile venue for all sorts of events.

“We had a massive concert here with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Richard Hawley just a few weeks ago; the Olympic torch relay came through the building, and we regularly host business meetings and conferences, and weddings and parties,” said Helen.

“And it is very apt for us to play host to children’s TV as we are a family visitor attraction with lots to do inside and out.”

Magna has four pavilions on the themes of air, earth, fire and water, which house more than 100 interactive exhibits, and the centrepiece Big Melt uses stunning pyrotechnic and audio techniques to recreate steel making using a huge original electric arc furnace.

All the Sparticles cast were present for the filming which took place between Monday and yesterday (Thursday 20 September).


Magna is open daily, from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm.  As well as the main indoor attraction, it has outdoor and water play areas.   

Magna, which is run as a charity, aims to inspire interest in science as well as preserve the history of the area’s steel industry.

Media contact at Magna: Karen Staniforth on 01709 723146 or email

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For more information about events at Magna contact Helen Davies on 01709 723114 or email



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