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in the 49 ap­peals since, chil­dren have raised the equiv­a­lent of more than £100 mil­lion in to­day’s money. It just shows they love to feel part of some­thing.

When Chinyan­ganya is ap­proached by fans, he re­alises the im­pact he is hav­ing with his job.

He says: “I do some­thing called the happy dance [on the show] and when kids do the happy dance, I al­ways think, ‘Yes’.”

Asked about be­ing a role model, he adds: “There’s an obli­ga­tion I feel I have to any child that meets me or sees me on the TV screen to con­duct my­self in a cer­tain way and hope­fully the way that I’d do that would be some­thing that bears fruit.

“Even if it’s the fact that I get my hair wet be­cause I’ve got afro hair and not many black peo­ple like to get their hair wet, I’m try­ing to send a sub­lim­i­nal mes­sage that ac­tu­ally it’s all right for you to swim.”

Film­ing Blue Peter is no mean feat, es­pe­cially as the pre­sen­ters don’t have an au­tocue.

“I re­mem­ber the boss said to me, the idea for that is so ev­ery­thing you’re say­ing sounds gen­uine and noth­ing sounds too planned or too forced. It’s meant to sound like we are talk­ing to the kids in their liv­ing room,” Rus­sell says.

“We want them to feel like we are the only per­son they’re chat­ting to and I think an au­tocue would take away from that. Also it’s great for me and Radz be­cause it means we get the script and we can re­ally make it our own.”

The pair do, un­der­stand­ably, have nerves be­fore the live birth­day party. “The pres­sure is def­i­nitely on,” ad­mits Rus­sell.“From a pre­sent­ing point of view – and num­ber 36 point of view – there’s all the pre­sen­ters be­fore me watch­ing.”

Blue Peter: Big 60th Birth­day, CBBC, 5pm, Tues­day, then ev­ery Thurs­day on CBBC

snow­boarder who was be­ing filmed when an avalanche started right be­neath his feet. The cli­max to the pro­gramme shows what hap­pens when the ex­plo­sions are det­o­nated and more than 1,000 tonnes of snow rush down the moun­tain­side.

Am­bu­lance (BBC1, 9pm)

The re­turn of the Bafta-win­ning doc­u­men­tary, this time fol­low­ing the work of the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice in Eng­land. The staff and crews face a busy week­end deal­ing with 11,000 calls as 80,000 fans de­scend on Manch­ester for the an­nual Park­life fes­ti­val. As the han­dlers try to pri­ori­tise the in­flux of calls, An­drea and Glynn are di­verted from a one-year-old hav­ing a seizure to a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent on a dual car­riage­way. Mean­while, Deb­bie and Shaun try to per­suade a home­less man he needs to go to hospi­tal.

Gor­don, Gino and Fred: Road Trip (STV, 9pm)

Gor­don Ram­say, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix’s Euro­pean ad­ven­ture brings them to Fred’s cher­ished home­land of France, where an old friend has asked him to host an oys­ter fes­ti­val in Ar­ca­chon on the At­lantic coast. As the trio set off across France in search of in­gre­di­ents, Fred is de­ter­mined to show his com­pan­ions the best his coun­try has to of­fer, with high­lights in­clud­ing the fa­mous nud­ist beaches of the French Riviera, where Gor­don at­tracts un­wanted at­ten­tion, an un­ruly pony and Fred demon­strat­ing his ques­tion­able mu­si­cal skills.

FRI­DAY Synth and Be­yond with Stephen Mor­ris and Gil­lian Gil­bert (BBC4, 8pm)

In the­ory, mu­si­cians Stephen Mor­ris and Gil­lian Gil­bert should clean up on a celebrity episode of All Star Mr and Mrs – they’ve been mar­ried for 24 years and have been in New Or­der to­gether for even longer than that. How­ever, it seems they are still ca­pa­ble of sur­pris­ing each other with their mu­si­cal tastes, and here they look back on their in­flu­ences, which range from Cap­tain Beef­heart to disco. It seems eclec­tic tastes might run in the fam­ily, as Gil­lian re­veals that her dad was a fan of punk, while Stephen shares the un­likely story of the time he was mis­taken for Ste­vie Won­der.

The Great Model Rail­way Chal­lenge (C5, 8pm)

James Richard­son and Tim Shaw present the third heat of the rail­way mod­el­ling con­test, in which three new teams of mod­ellers set out to im­press judges Steve Flint and Kathy Mil­lat with their minia­ture mas­ter­pieces. This week’s chal­lenge is to cre­ate lay­outs in­spired by lo­ca­tions all around the world. The cre­ative mas­ter­minds vy­ing to cre­ate these unique lay­outs are tra­di­tional mod­ellers Team Ton­bridge, sea­soned sur­re­al­ist mod­ellers Bas­ingstoke Bodgers and cre­ative rail­way rene­gades Team Steam­punk.

The Lakes with Paul Rose (BBC2, 8.30pm)

The ex­plorer digs out his ruck­sack and heads for Win­der­mere in the Lake Dis­trict. The Na­tional Park at­tracts 18 mil­lion vis­i­tors each year and is now a World Her­itage site. Here, Paul finds out why the early tourists thought the Lakes was one of the most dan­ger­ous spots in the coun­try. He also plunges into the world of long-dis­tance swim­ming and helps the staff who run the boats on the lake and meets a Holo­caust sur­vivor who was air­lifted to Win­der­mere in 1945 as part of a mercy mis­sion in­volv­ing 300 or­phans af­ter the Sec­ond World War.

Walk­ing Bri­tain’s Lost Rail­ways (C5, 9pm)

Rob Bell re­vis­its the de­com­mis­sioned Som­er­set and Dorset line, which trans­formed the for­tunes of lo­cal sea­side towns but proved costly to build and main­tain. Rob dis­cov­ers why the boggy Som­er­set Lev­els pre­sented such chal­lenge to lay track upon, and the ex­pense of con­struc­tion be­comes even more ap­par­ent as he treks into the un­for­giv­ingly rocky Mendip Hills, where sev­eral grand viaducts had to be built. Head­ing through the fi­nal, most ex­pen­sive and tragic part of the line, Rob ex­plores the hastily con­structed Coombe Down Tun­nel.

process as Avery’s new lawyer, Kath­leen Zell­ner, and Dassey’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives launch ap­peals on be­half of their clients.

Dare­devil (Net­flix, from Fri)

Here’s a shock for you: there will be no cross­over episodes fea­tur­ing other char­ac­ters from the Marvel cin­e­matic uni­verse dur­ing the third se­ries of Matt Mur­dock’s ad­ven­tures. That’s right, the blind lawyer will be fight­ing crime all on his lone­some. But Mur­dock is made of stern stuff, although he spends part of the third sea­son try­ing to de­cide what’s best – to hide away from the world or re­turn to his vig­i­lante ways. There are no prizes for guess­ing which he opts for, par­tic­u­larly when his arch-en­emy Wil­son Fisk is re­leased from prison. Char­lie Cox once again plays Mur­dock, with a scene-steal­ing Vin­cent D’Onofrio as his neme­sis Fisk, aka King­pin.

Lore (Ama­zon Prime Video, from Fri)

Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story has a lot to an­swer for. The chill­ing an­thol­ogy se­ries has spawned a host of im­i­ta­tors, and Lore is per­haps the best of the lot. It started out as a pod­cast ex­plor­ing the ori­gins of var­i­ous hor­ror tales. If you didn’t catch the first run, it mixed doc­u­men­tary footage with drama­tised scenes. Lit­tle has changed for this sec­ond se­ries, although it may feel slightly dif­fer­ent be­cause it has a new show run­ner in Sean Crouch, whose pre­vi­ous projects in­clude Un­for­get­table, Num­b3rs and Do­min­ion, as well as some new cast mem­bers.

Lore is back for a sec­ond se­ries on Ama­zon Prime

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