New Children in Need presenter Mel Giedroyc reveals why she’s excited to host the 2017 fundraiser
Last year Children in Need (opens in new tab) raised a record-breaking £60 million to help disadvantaged children in the UK. This year former Great British Bake Off star Mel Giedroyc joins the presenting team, which includes Graham Norton (opens in new tab), Ade Adepitan (opens in new tab) and Rochelle Humes (opens in new tab). With an action-packed line-up of TV specials and star-studded sketches Mel hopes donations roll in, and that she can help keep the charity spirit alive for an entire evening…
Here Mel reveals how it feels to team up with Children in Need and the charity’s iconic mascot Pudsey the Bear
“The British public are so generous and it’s really moving. Fundraising is something we do tremendously well – people delve so deeply into their pockets,” says Mel, who’s no stranger to providing Children in Need entertainment. “Three years ago I did The Choir with Gareth Malone. A year ago Sue Perkins (opens in new tab) and I did a Star Wars sketch, which was one of the most exciting days of our lives! Then last year we did a comedy telephonist sketch with Eddie Redmayne. I feel very warmly and joyfully towards BBC Children in Need. It’s a charity that I have watched on the night for as long as I can remember.”
So is the former Great British Bake Off presenter nervous about doing a night of live TV?
“Bizarrely I don’t get nervous doing live telly. I get excited, and there’s also a buzz. I don’t know if it’s a good or a bad thing but I go into a bit of a trance!” laughs Mel, who adds that every penny counts. “Any donation does make a difference. Getting involved is what makes BBC Children in Need so moving.”
Children in Need’s live telethon is on BBC1, 17 November, from 7.30pm until 10pm
With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab)www.whattowatch.com (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.
As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast.
After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.
Get the latest updates, reviews and unmissable series to watch and more!
Thank you for signing up to Whattowatch. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.