Huq’s proud to host kids’ loved se­ries

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BLUE Peter’s long­est-serv­ing fe­male host has re­vealed how pre­sent­ing the show for 11 years changed her life for the bet­ter.

Kon­nie Huq joined the show in 1997, aged 22, from Chan­nel 5’s kids’ pro­gramme Milk­shake!

Kon­nie, 43, said: “Blue Peter com­pletely shaped my life and made me far less su­per­fi­cial.

“When I joined I was into fash­ion, pop mu­sic and celebrity. Blue Peter cov­ers that but also char­i­ta­ble and en­vi­ron­men­tal causes.

“It opened my eyes to other walks of life and swathes of so­ci­ety you wouldn’t or­di­nar­ily ex­pe­ri­ence. I loved the live stu­dios, the trips and the va­ri­ety.”

One of Kon­nie’s ear­li­est trips was in a tiny plane to a re­mote vil­lage in Mozam­bique where peo­ple had no money and bartered for ev­ery­thing.

Bat

She said: “The vil­lagers stared at me as I put on my mas­cara. These peo­ple had noth­ing. It made me re­alise it is ridicu­lous to put goop on lashes to make them thicker.

“You’d go from that to in­ter­view­ing politi­cians like Tony Blair, then Brad Pitt, who was very charm­ing and not starry or aloof.

“I in­ter­viewed Lewis Hamil­ton when he was a lit­tle boy who loved go kart­ing, and a teenage Andy Mur­ray train­ing in Barcelona.

“There were loads of funny mo­ments too. I fell over the Blue Peter dog once when I was walk­ing back­wards talk­ing to the cam­era.

“One of my first in­ter­views was with a lady hold­ing a bat. It flew down my top and pro­duc­ers were shout­ing in my ear­piece, ‘Re­fer to it, re­fer to it!’ So I just said, ‘Erm, it looks very at home down there.’ Many things go wrong but you just to carry on. “Happy birth­day Blue Peter! I’m priv­i­leged and proud to have been a part of the show.”

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