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.
I love the feeling of togetherness in that studio, but also a wider feeling of everyone in the country pulling together to do something really extraordinary for young people.
You’re back again! What is your favourite part of presenting BBC Children In Need?
It is the most amazing night. I love the feeling of togetherness in that studio, but also a wider feeling of everyone in the country pulling together to do something really extraordinary for young people.
Are you looking forward to being reunited with the presenters again?
I can’t wait to be onstage with Graham once again. He is the BEST fun to work with. In fact he doesn’t make it feel like work at all. It’ll be lovely to see the whole gang, actually. We’re all a bit like ships in the night, on the night, but we usually get to hang all together for a few minutes behind the scenery in the studio before it all kicks off, and have a slightly hysterical, whispered chinwag.
Why is BBC Children In Need so special to you?
I’ve always loved watching it since I was a kid, and now to be part of the making of it on the night is just surreal, wonderful and makes me feel very lucky. Children In Need has become a very important thing to me.
Do you have any stand out moments from previous years?
Taking part in the Children In Need choir was something very very special. It was a total team effort and we all worked as hard as we could to make our song the best it could be. We had a LOT of laughs along the way, and to sing live on Children In Need night and then get to number one was pretty mind-blowing.
Is there anything you do in particular to prepare yourself for the evening?
Just the usual. A disco nap at 4pm. A LOT of makeup, smoke and mirrors, an invigorating dance, a very strong cup of tea, and then OFF WE GO!!!
A huge amount of money was raised last year - do you think it’s possible to do the same again?
I have great faith in the humanity of the British people. When required to do so, we can all pull together and make great things happen. So yes - YOU BET! We’ll smash it I hope.