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Muswell Hill mum talks ‘Gates’

07:00 23 September 2012

Ella Kennion is appearing in Gates, a comedy about picking up your children,

Ella Kennion is appearing in Gates, a comedy about picking up your children,

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A new comedy is bringing to the small screen the terrifying 15-minute minefield parents encounter at the school gates each day – although its Muswell Hill star admits, the reality can be far scarier.

In fact, playing Australian Mia in Gates was probably something of a warm-up for Ella Kenion, who got her first taste of the school drop-off and all that encompasses this September when her son began primary school.

“I’ve just started the whole thing,” she said. “There are endless coffee mornings and you just feel guilty [for not going].”

Ironically, Kenion’s character – who “wants everybody to love her” – is the one behind the coffee mornings in Gates, which is on Sky Living on Tuesdays.

“It’s tragic really,” the 43-year-old Rookfield Estate resident said, who stars alongside Gavin and Stacey’s Joanna Page as well as Crouch End’s Tom Ellis and Sue Johnston in the show.

But local connections are not the only reason you should watch Gates, Kenion said: “There is nothing else out there that’s been on. It will really strike a chord with you if you’ve got children and I think it’s very funny.”

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