BBC1 review of DIY SOS: Children in Need Special: Rhod Gilbert and co restore your faith in human nature

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BBC1 review of DIY SOS: Children in Need Special: Rhod Gilbert and co restore your faith in humanity

The sight of so many volunteers cheered the heart as the comedian and a team of experts began work on an adventure playground for a Hull youth project.

Today, a giant teddy bear is assisting comedian Rhod Gilbert in the construction of an adventure playground in the woods.

That was the premise, more or less, as DIY SOS returned to Brandesburton, near Hull, for a heartwarming Children in Need special.

Gilbert was a fill-in for regular host Nick Knowles, who was away filming a breakfast cereal commercial.

They were donating to St Michael’s Youth Project, which serves 500 children in and around Hull, ahead of the Children in Need telethon on Friday night.

The project’s leaders, Jo Lorenz and Matt Rogers, explained that it was more than just providing a place for young people to hang out and experience nature.

The center provided critical child-care assistance to parents who were frequently forced to work two jobs to keep their families afloat.

“Kids get to be themselves,” Rogers explained.

“When they’re not under peer pressure, they’ll open up and talk.”

It was impossible not to feel your faith in human nature restored as the crew worked on building a new playground, campsite, and bike track.

Gilbert’s comedy persona is an energetic grumpiness, but he, too, is a softie.

He struggled to maintain his composure as the playground took shape.

“This was just fields,” he said, blinking back tears as he surveyed the scene.

“Seeing what they’ve done has me in tears.”

With so much bad news in the world, seeing dozens of volunteers dressed in hard hats and hi-vis jackets brought joy to my heart.

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BBC1 review of DIY SOS: Children in Need Special: Rhod Gilbert and co restore your faith in humanity

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Programme Name: DIY SOS S32 - TX: n/a - Episode: DIY SOS: Children in Need Special 2021 - Hull (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: joins the DIY SOS team & volunteers at the Big Build Children in Need Special. Rhod Gilbert - (C) BBC Children in Need - Photographer: Neil Sherwood TV Still BBC

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