Rhod Gilbert said he cried during a ‘brutal’ special of the children’s charity show, and was open about how tough it can be to pretend emotions on television.
Rhod Gilbert has been on the show for a few years now and he has always had a great time. However, in this episode of the “DIY SOS Children in Need special”, Rhod Gilbert was brought to tears during his interview with Nick Knowles when he was asked about his childhood.
Rhod was taken aback by the volunteers’ efforts (Picture: Children in Need)
Rhod Gilbert has spoken out about his emotional rollercoaster while shooting sequences for his next DIY SOS special for Children In Need.
As the show’s staff worked with hundreds of volunteers to put together a one-of-a-kind construct for the St Michael’s Youth Project, which works with children and young people in Hull and the surrounding regions, the comedian filled in for usual presenter Nick Knowles.
Rhod took part in the project over the course of ten exhausting days, working with local craftsmen and volunteers to construct a new playground and camping area for a good cause.
More than 500 youngsters and young people who have little or no access to gardens or green areas will finally be able to enjoy the great outdoors – and the ‘brutal’ experience left Rhod speechless during shooting.
Rhod told Metro.co.uk that being a part of the show was “very poignant,” adding, “I don’t even know if we can bring across how moving it was in the video.” I believe it is impossible to describe 10 days of strong feeling in an hour.’
‘It was only achievable by having individuals who were prepared to start before daybreak…’ Rhod added, describing the effort of putting the site together as a ‘nearly insurmountable feat.’ ‘Continue relentlessly seven days a week.’
During the exhibition, a new campground and playground were built (Picture: Children in Need)
Rhod collaborated with the St Michael’s Youth Project on a number of projects (Picture: Children in Need)
‘It was awful to say the least. ‘I’m just exhausted,’ the 53-year-old said.
‘I couldn’t believe how hard they worked,’ he added of the DIY SOS crew and the employees’ superhuman efforts. ‘I knew it was going to be difficult.’ I didn’t realize it was going to be a near-impossible task.’
Rhod meets the people participating in the construction in the video, and he was deeply moved by their experiences and learning what prompted them to join the cause.
Over the course of ten days, the place was completely altered (Picture: Children in Need)
‘We spoke to one boy in the film whose dad had died and his mother had gotten amazing community support,’ Rhod added. ‘He wanted to repay the favor, and he was still raw and emotional.’
‘Almost everyone had a tale to tell and a cause for being there.’ It was all about giving back, and they felt they had gained in some way from an unexpected feeling of camaraderie. That touched me tremendously.’
The film will show on One during the Children in Need season (Picture: Children in Need)
When the kids see the restored location for the first time in the program, it’s an emotional moment that brings Rhod and the rest of the crew to tears.
‘I just got two hours of sleep, but we performed the revelation, and I was on my knees,’ Rhod recalled of the film’s dramatic conclusion.
Rhod Gilbert has a lot more to say.
The DIY SOS program is part of the Children in Need 2021 season on BBC One.
Celebrities, comedic routines, and the all-important new Children in Need song are all part of the appeal’s 41st birthday celebrations.
On Tuesday, November 16, at 9 p.m., DIY SOS: The Big Build Children in Need Special will premiere on One.
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