This November, a fantastic line-up of familiar faces will feature on the annual BBC Children In Need show live on BBC One, as they help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
When you first go live and you see everybody, all of the audience and you know everybody at home is watching it just makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
You’re back again! What is your favourite part of presenting BBC Children In Need?
The opening is incredible. When you first go live and you see everybody, all of the audience and you know everybody at home is watching it just makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Also meeting all of the people who have benefitted from the charity, hearing their stories. It’s one thing to see the videos of them but when you meet them in person and you see how much the support of Children In Need’s given them and what it means to them and their families, it’s really heart-warming and emotional.
Are you looking forward to being reunited with the presenters again?
Yeah! It’s a fun team. We’ve become like a team now haven’t we? We’re like the Manchester City or the Liverpool of the charity world now.
Every year just coming back and trying to get everybody on our side and get everybody supporting Children in Need. They’re all fun and it’s amazing to see Tess, Graham and Mel, Mel’s always hilarious and I know Marvin and Rochelle quite well so it’s good to see them all again - it’s like a reunion!
Why is BBC Children In Need so special to you?
I’ve said this before but Children In Need helped me when I was a kid, they helped the charity that I belonged to. I always remember a Children In Need appeal night, one of their outside broadcasts came to an event that I was at and it was fantastic. It was just really nice to know that complete strangers, people who you don’t know in the UK, who you’ve never met before, care enough to go out and do challenges to help support people who really need it in this country.
Do you have any stand out moments from previous years?
My first time presenting Children In Need will always be a super special one for me. I think it might have been the first year without Sir Terry Wogan and to be asked to do it was mind-blowing. I grew up watching Children In Need and then to be part of the whole thing on appeal night - that just sent shivers down my spine. It is nuts, I used to be sitting in front of the box with my family and my parents and my brothers and sisters watching all the entertainment and never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing this. So the first one will always be the most special.
A huge amount of money was raised last year - do you think it’s possible to do the same again?
Anything is possible! I know how generous we are as a nation so I’m super optimistic. All I know is I’ll be happy with whatever is raised because any amount is going to help people and that’s all that matters.