Lift your lockdown life! Bid for BBC and celebrity virtual experiences - and support our COVID-19 response

A BBC Media Action cameraman films in a COVID-19 isolation centre in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo by Khandokar Hasanul Banna, BBC Media Action

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Bidding ended 27 July 2020, at 9.00 BST

Give lockdown life a lift! Bid for unique BBC and celebrity virtual experiences and support the BBC’s international charity.

BBC personalities and celebrities have donated once-in-a-life-time virtual experiences to our online auction in support of our COVID-19 emergency fund. We are working to support vulnerable communities around the world with practical, vital media and communication about COVID-19, and to dispel often-dangerous rumours and misinformation that spread as quickly as the virus.

The money raised will go towards helping us respond to the COVID-19 crisis - helping people to keep themselves and their families safe. 83p out of every pound we spent during 2018/19 went directly to our projects, supporting marginalised communities in more than 20 countries.

BBC Media Action receives no funding from the BBC Licence Fee. We rely on the generous support of donors to continue our vital work.

Please help us do more to support the global response effort -- trusted and accurate information will save lives. 

Scroll down to learn more about the prizes up for grabs!

Entrants must be over 18 and residents of the UK.

Sorry -- the auction is not open to BBC or Givergy employees or agents, or their immediate families or households.

These virtual experiences will be hosted on Zoom, with a designated number of friend(s) or family.

The video call will be moderated by BBC Media Action.

Prizes to be taken on a mutually agreed date at a time agreed in advance by all parties.   

Have your gardening conundrums answered by Gardeners' World’s Monty Don

Monty Don has been bringing his gardening expertise to your screens for over 20 years and this is your chance for a one-on-one consultation to pick his brains on all things horticultural.

Whether you started lockdown bulk buying house plants, want to start your own vegetable patch, or you’re planning to re-landscape your garden with the extra time you’ve got at home – Monty Don is the man to give you advice.

Over a half hour video call you’ll have the chance to put all of your gardening questions to the nation’s expert – don’t miss out on this chance for a personalised gardening experience!

Enjoy a private online dance masterclass with Strictly professional Aljaž Skorjanec 

Learn to dance the Strictly way! Join award-winning professional dancer and Strictly star Aljaž Škorjanec for a virtual dance lesson you’ll never forget.

You and two guests will dial into the call from the comfort of your living room and discover what life is really like on the Strictly dance floor during a 45-minute dance lesson.

Aljaž will expertly guide you through your steps as you beat the lockdown blues and learn to bust out your fancy footwork, from the fabulous Foxtrot to the cheeky Charleston. Don’t miss out on this unique experience for any Strictly fan!

Win an Off Menu experience with James Acaster and Ed Gamble

Dial into The Dream Restaurant and chat with the hosts of the Off Menu podcast, comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster. You’ll have a chance to talk through your own magical menu choices as you discuss your favourite starter, main course, dessert, side and drink – and the all-important decision – poppadoms or bread?

Don’t miss the chance to quiz them on their favourite spots to eat, plus get the inside scoop on the plethora of famous personalities they’ve had on the show.

Kindly donated by Off Menu Podcast

Go behind the lens with BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

Ever wondered what life behind the lens is like for the BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet team? This is your chance to find out how they capture those incredible wildlife sequences. Over the years, BBC Studios' Natural History Unit has consistently delivered extraordinary wildlife stories, revealing to us previously unseen wilderness from across our unique planet.

This is your opportunity to quiz the production team on the incredible ingenuity, persistence, skill and dedication required to bring those stories to the small screen. You’ll virtually meet Dr Jonny Keeling, the Executive Producer of Seven Worlds, One Planet and Abigail Lees, the series’ Assistant Producer.

Dr Keeling has worked for the Natural History Unit for 24 years, producing and directing wildlife and adventure documentaries including Planet Earth, Planet Earth II, The Life of Mammals, Mountain Gorilla, The Natural World, Wildlife on One, Expedition New Guinea and Lost Land of the Tiger. He is currently the Series Producer on Planet Earth III. Abigail Lees, who is also Assistant Producer on the forthcoming Planet Earth III, was behind for the iconic baby albatross scene in Seven Worlds, One Planet. Your time with this award-winning team will give you an exclusive peek behind the scenes.

In conversation with Jon Sopel, the BBC's North America Editor

This is your opportunity to quiz Jon Sopel on his up-front perspective on the current US political landscape and hear his experience of life inside the White House.

Jon Sopel has held the prestigious post of North America Editor since 2014 - the most senior foreign posting in the BBC. He has covered the 2016 election and Trump's White House first hand, reporting for the BBC across TV, radio, and online.

As a member of the White House Press Corps, he has accompanied both President Obama and President Trump on Air Force One. His high-profile, authoritative coverage has included an exclusive interview with President Obama, and a famous clash with President Trump at a White House news conference.

This is your opportunity to hear Jon Sopel’s thoughts on the impact on, and legacy of, the Trump administration vis-à-vis the US political, economic and social landscape.

Life behind the headlines with Frank Gardner OBE

Don’t miss the chance for an in-depth Q&A with Frank Gardner OBE, the BBC’s Security Correspondent.

Frank has been the reasoned voice explaining the complexities behind some of today’s most complicated stories, be it coping with COVID-19 in Libya, the extraordinary rise of the Saudi Crown Prince, the significance of Qasem Soleimani’s death or the latest developments in the war in Yemen. Find out how he researches stories and finds the right line through them to keep us informed.

Use this unique opportunity to discuss his garlanded broadcasting career and epic travel stories, as well as the chance to ask questions about his best-selling novels Crisis and Ultimatum and the critically acclaimed Blood and Sand - his remarkable account of survival and recovery after he was shot six times at close range by Al Qaeda terrorists in 2004 whilst on assignment.

This is a prize not to be missed!

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CLOSED This online auction closed on 27 July 2020 at 9.00 BST - please do not bid