BBC Children in Need 2018

Mel Giedroyc

It genuinely makes me feel proud to be British and I think the support just brings out the best in human beings.Mel Giedroyc
Date: 06.11.2018     Last updated: 06.11.2018 at 00.01

What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the BBC Children in Need evening?

I think it’s one of the most special nights on the BBC, its feels just like a brilliant coming together of people and I think it brings out the best in people actually as well as it being really good fun with loads of entertainment, it’s just a great night and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

Are you looking forward to being reunited with all the presenters again this year? We also have Rob Beckett who is joining the team as well…

I absolutely love Rob! I think Rob is going to slay, he will be so good, and this is right up his street. The fact that it’s a live show, there’s a real sense of excitement in the studio and tonnes of stuff happening around the country. You just feel very connected with everyone, it’s brilliant and a real hoot. I seem to remember having a really good old gossip with Tess, Ade, Graham, Rochelle and Marvin before we all went on, there was cracking good gossip going on behind the scenes. There’s also a really great atmosphere in the studio as well because there are lots of kids, so it feels like a proper event for them, this night is all about the children and that’s a brilliant thing.

It was your first time presenting the evening last year, do you have any tips for new member, Rob Beckett who will be on the presenter line-up this year?

He should not come to me for any tips, I’m the last person who should give tips, he should go someone very seasoned like Graham! But I know Rob a bit and I just know he will be brilliant. It’s just about enjoying the moments and about having that energy. The evening is about people feeling like they want to give money and I think the films are brilliant because they show you directly and clearly where that money is going. We are living in very difficult times and people are concerned about the budgets that they have at home, so they want to know that their money is going directly to a fantastic cause and I think BBC Children in Need is absolutely all about that.

What does it mean to you when receiving so much support from people around the country?

It genuinely makes me feel proud to be British and I think the support just brings out the best in human beings. It’s just a really important thing and I urge everyone to get involved in whatever way that they can. The evening is such a hoot, but we can’t be pompous about it, of course there are highs and lows throughout the show, but essentially I think it really brings out the best of people.

Has there been any highlight moments for you from the BBC Children in Need evening?

A highlight for me was seeing a bunch of newsreaders dressed up in ludicrous costumes doing slightly inappropriate dancer numbers that was a favourite moment. It’s just harks back to what the BBC have always done best, which is large scale, warm and genuine funny entertainment, it’s just great.