Queen guitarist Brian May is set to make his acting debut in an "anti-bullying" episode of CBBC show Andy And The Band.
May, who was portrayed by Gwilym Lee in 2018's Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, said he initially turned down the offer to guest star on the show as "the Godfather of Rock", but changed his mind after reading the script.
Speaking to PA, he said, "It was very moving because it's a great story, it’s such a lovely look into what happens to kids and how they lose their confidence and what can be done."
We've had big news, and bigger news BUT here’s the BIGGEST news!— Andy & the Odd Socks (@andyoddsock) January 20, 2022
Rock legend @DrBrianMay makes his acting debut with us in our brand new series on @cbbc and @BBCiPlayer.
Brian plays the Godfather of Rock (naturally) in the episode 'Planet Rock’
In the episode, which will air on January 27, he performs alongside the show’s band, The Odd Socks.
"It is a good song, I didn’t write it, I did contribute," May said. "I’m a person who can’t help sticking my oar in, so we did collaborate on it."
Each episode of Andy And The Band sees presenter Andy Day and his band completing odd jobs to help their fans.
May added that he thinks The Odd Socks speak to children who "feel like they're an outcast - it’s an antibullying campaign built into what they do, which I think is wonderful.
"It must give so many kids confidence who have lost their belief because they’re regarded as something different, a bit odd, and they get bullied," he continued.
"These things are very serious, I have grandchildren now and I know, all over again, what happens in schools, and it’s so easy for a kid to be marginalised," May said of the programme’s anti-bullying theme.
"You don’t realise how much damage that can do to kids. So, it’s grown-ups that need to be educated, not just the kids."
"All the grown-ups that I’ve shown it to have been very moved, some of them have cried, which is great."
The single Planet Rock by Andy And The Odd Socks featuring Brian May will be released on February 18.