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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