Nick won’t appear in the DIY SOS charity special (Picture: ITV)
Nick Knowles’ replacement for the DIY SOS Children in Need special has been named, after it emerged that the presenter was going to miss the programme due to a scheduling conflict with a Shreddies ad campaign.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Nick, who has presented DIY SOS since 1999, was in discussion with BBC bosses regarding how his appearance in a Shreddies advert could impact his role on the programme.
It was later confirmed that the 58-year-old would keep his hosting job, returning to the show in 2022 but missing the 2021 Children in Need show.
It has now been announced that Rhod Gilbert will be taking over Nick’s role for the one-off charity special, which will take place in Hull from September.
The comedian will join the regular DIY SOS team, which includes carpenter Mark Millar, plasterer Chris Freidiani, builder Jules Perryman ,electrician Billy Byrne and playground engineer John O’Driscoll.
Rhod, 52, said it is a ‘great honour to step into Nick’s enormous steel toe-capped boots and be involved in Children in Need’.
‘I’m looking forward to joining the infamous DIY SOS team, and rallying an enormous group of local volunteers on a wonderfully ambitious and important project,’ he said.
‘After having tried my hand at over 30 jobs on my Work Experience TV programme, I’m hoping I may even be of some use around the site.’
The comedian added: ‘My vis is high and my hat is hard, so bring it on.’
Working with local tradesmen and volunteers, the DIY SOS team will work on a project with the aim of improving the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people in the area, transforming an empty two-and-a-half acre field into a purpose-built adventure camping site for St Michael’s Youth Project in Hull.
This will involve creating a field kitchen, a landscaped campfire, a pizza oven, a mountain bike course, an adventure playground and a birdwatching tower, among other facilities.
Executive producer Paolo Proto said that the programme is ‘delighted to have Rhod join the team for this incredibly special build’.
‘We can’t wait to see him get his hands dirty, and we’ll need his humour and empathy as we transform an empty field into an adventure camping site that will benefit children and young people across Hull, for The Big Build BBC Children in Need special,’ he said.
For the two-week build, which will take place from Wednesday September 8 to Thursday September 16, DIY SOS is on the lookout for landscapers, gardeners and tradespeople who can lend their skills to the project.
They are also hoping for donations of materials including timber, steel containers and solar panels, in addition to outdoor furniture, tents. Wind turbines and mountain bikes.
DIY SOS: The Big Build for Children in Need will air on BBC One in November 2021.
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