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Date added: 21 February 2007

Blue Peter - And here's one I went round earlier! 

It was a task that definitely deserved a Blue Peter badge - and we were there to capture it.

Andy Akinwolere taking a driving lesson around Swindon's Magic Roundabout this week.

Driving into the unknown:
Blue Peter's Andy Akinwolere about to take a driving
lesson on the Magic Roundabout

The children's TV presenter, who has only been behind the wheel for six weeks, bravely venturing onto our most famous roundabout system to record a special piece for BBC favourite, Blue Peter.

Near miss!
Andy attempting the Magic Roundabout...

An adventure the game learner-driver described as "... one of the craziest things I've ever done!"

"It was wicked," Andy added as we caught up with him taking a break from filming, "I had a couple of near misses but managed to get round OK.

"Just as long as I don't have to take my driving test here, I think I'll pass!"
In a piece due to be broadcast in March, Andy's exploits in a Blue Peter branded Ford Focus - under the tutelage of the AA Driving School - included manoeuvring round the Magic Roundabout at least five times while describing the whole event on camera.
Phew! I survived!
Andy shows his relief at coming off the
Magic Roundabout accident-free

 An experience made all the more exciting by the commentary of the self-confessed roundabout fanatic, Kevin Beresford, who was on-hand to give tips and advice - and post-event analysis - on Andy's performance.

"He did very well, indeed," Kevin said.

"The Magic Roundabout is the white knuckle ride of all roundabouts, so for a learner driver to survive it like he did is absolutely brilliant!"
Magic master:
Roundabout expert Kevin Beresford
was on-hand to describe Andy's exploits

Needless to say, we presented Andy with one of our special 'I survived the Magic Roundabout T-shirts' to celebrate his astonishing feat - an item the presenter said he would wear when the Blue Peter programme is aired on BBC1 next month.
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