Live Celebrity Mother’s Day Special

12/03/12

 

Steve Pemberton, Samantha Womack and Antony Cotton
aim for the Magic Million!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, three of Britain’s favourite celebrities are teaming up with their mums in a special live edition of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? on Sunday 18th March, 8.30pm on ITV1.

Whitechapel and Benidorm star, Steve Pemberton, will be joined in the hotseat by his mum, Margaret, as he tries to climb the Millionaire money tree in a bid to raise cash for Derian House Children’s Hospice www.derianhouse.co.uk.

Situated in the heart of Lancashire, Derian House is renowned throughout the region as being at the forefront of children’s palliative and respite care. The hospice currently supports more than 250 families in Lancashire and South Cumbria who have a child with a life threatening illness, and a further 101 who have been bereaved in the past three years. Derian House is a vital factor in providing a service which is so crucial to these children, and to be part of a team which supports them and their family through the highs and lows of their illness, and beyond...

Commenting on his involvement Steve said: “I’ve been secretly hoping that I’d get asked to go on Millionaire so it’s brilliant to now be taking part with my mum on Mother’s Day. I’m not sure she’ll answer many of the questions but she’s definitely going to be good value for money! I’m also watching as many quiz shows as I can in preparation for the general knowledge questions but the hardest thing is choosing your Phone-A-Friend, you have to pick them wisely!”

Also sweating it out in the Millionaire hotseat will be Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton, who plays gossip queen Sean Tully in the popular northern soap. He will be playing alongside his mum Enid and hoping she’s as sharp as Ena Sharples when it comes to answering the multiple choice questions. Competing on behalf of the Albert Kennedy Trust, Antony said: "I am excited and terrified in equal measure!”

Since 1989 the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) www.akt.org.uk has supported Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) young people (up to 25 year old) who are homeless or living in a hostile environment. Many young people have been rejected by their parents just for being brave enough to come out. The Albert Kennedy Trust provide safe housing, mentoring, information, advice and advocacy.

Finally ex-EastEnder, Samantha Womack, aka tormented Ronnie Mitchell, will team up with her mum, Di, hoping to raise money for Somers Town Community Association. Samantha commented: “I’m really excited about appearing on the show but not so excited about having to negotiate with my mother on live TV!”

Somers Town Community Association www.somerstown.org.uk has been in existence since 1979 and started out as a tenants hall but has grown into a thriving community centre, delivering activities and services that meet the needs of the whole Somers Town Community. There are approx 12,500 people living in an area which is amongst the most diverse and most deprived in the country. Somers Town Community Association believe their strength is in their ability to draw on the varied community to identify needs which are then converted into responsive action. The centre is managed by volunteer representatives from local tenants, residents and people working in the area.

Quiz master, Chris Tarrant, will also ensure that one lucky viewer has the opportunity to win half the cash the celebrities have amassed at the end of their games. Will they be able to keep their nerve and get the killer question right?
 

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