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From Nanny to Stuntman in Five Easy Steps

10/08/2015 16:43 BST | Updated 10/08/2016 10:59 BST

My name is Buddy Munro. Before I got involved in Channel 4's new science series Experimental, one of the jobs I had was as a nanny. I don't think I was a conventional nanny, but more a 'supermanny'. Well, that's what seven-year-old Arthur used to refer to me as.

I always had a golden rule of finding kids with unconventional parents. In my experience, musicians or artists always agreed with a left-field approach to how their kids were being looked after. I also never looked after kids who didn't either have a trampoline in their garden or a park nearby with really high trees to climb. That just wouldn't be fun for me.

If you're currently a nanny, and like me want to become a stuntman, the following points may be helpful to you:

1. It's really important to set the ground rules with the parents from the beginning. Within the first week of doing your job you need to tell the children's parents that you have no intention of being a conventional nanny. Rather tell them you're going to teach their kids parkour, meditation and yoga. Your reasons for this are obvious: their kids will be the coolest kids at school (and you'd have spent loads of time developing your own skills).

2. Don't keep telling the kids what they can or can't do. You are not their bosses. Instead give them the power to punish you. For instance, if you cook something they don't like, suggest to the kids that YOU have to do 20 push ups. They'll laugh but you'll be getting stronger and stronger.

3. Teach the kids to appreciate a broader cultural experience by sitting down with them and watching early Jackie Chan films. Absorb his mastery.

4. Think outside the box when it comes to conventional games. For instance, when playing 'tag', climb up a lamppost or a tree.

5. Do NOT get emotionally attached to the kids. They'll only end up robbing you of your dreams. Instead take note of how many times they cry, whine and don't do what they are told. At the end of each day take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and say 'life doesn't have to be like this'.

Of course, it always helps if you persuade an engineer to be your best mate - like I have with my co-star Tim Shaw. At some point they'll need a flexible friend, with an adventurous spirit and a modicum of intelligence to put themselves in highly dangerous situations in order to convey extremely important information to further advance mankind. Like how to play to tennis on the wings of a soaring light aircraft. That's when it's your moment to shine.

So for all you pre-existing nannies out there, be ready at all times. You never know when that call is going to come through.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/experimental/on-demand/62106-001