Huq’s proud to host kids’ loved series
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.
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.”