MAVERICK Mick Madden is on his way to national stardom - thanks to the Examiner.
The Brockholes inventor will feature in a new BBC2 children's programme after a researcher discovered his crazy creations through the paper's website.
After a day's filming for The Wonderful World Of Weird, Mick, 52, said: "It's the Examiner that made me famous."
He showed off his inventions, including his fish walker and aerial hat, for the cameras.
Mick thinks the local filming was a success.
He said: "It went fantastically. I was laughing all the time and they had to keep cutting and starting again."
Mick is looking forward to the programme airing in February. He said: "It should be great. They said I was gold star weird."
Perhaps his most zany invention was his bird-feeding hat - which unfortunately was snaffled by a squirrel in a wood!
But his list of other 'successes' includes:
* Road safety 'Slow Down' posters featuring model Jordan
* A TV aerial hat to watch the World Cup in the garden
* A walking device to take his pet goldfish for a walk
* A light bulb remover
* A public smoking device for pubs
* A hat packed with weather forecasting devices.