Following the sad passing of long-time host Terry Wogan, Graham Norton will be joining the presentation team for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal in 2016.
He will be joining the hosting team alongside the likes of Tess Daly, Rochelle and Marvin Humes, Greg James and Ade Adepitan. As long time watchers of the show will know, it was hosted by Sir Terry Wogan since 1980, but he sadly pulled out last year due to ill health and passed away shortly after.
Graham has said that he considers it a “huge privilege” to step in.
“This year we’d love to raise as much money as we possibly can in honour of the late Sir Terry Wogan,” he said.
This will be a first for Graham, as he has not hosted the Children in Need show before. Last year, it was down to Dermot O’Leary to fill Sir Terry’s shoes. Graham went on to say that it’s a “honour and pleasure” to work on Children in Need again and “make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK”.
Ade Adepitan, who is a former Paralympian, had this to say: “When I was a kid, Children in Need had a fundraiser at Stoke Mandeville – I was playing wheelchair basketball there.They made me and all the other kids feel really special, the money raised helped to buy wheelchairs and gave my friends opportunities to play sport.”
“It was also cool to think we might get on TV. So, to now be part of the presenting team is such an honour and so exciting. I can’t wait – it’s going to be an incredible night!”
BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James is also hosting the show for the first time, and he said: “It’s an honour to be hosting Children in Need this year. It does such great work and makes a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.”