BBC Breakfast: Owain Wyn Evans jokingly walks off set
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Owain Wyn Evans raised over £3million for Children in Need after drumming for 24 hours straight on BBC Breakfast last week. The weather reporter was back in the studio on Friday to talk about the experience and he wasn’t too impressed when Mike produced some drum sticks in a bid to hear him play again. Owain jokingly leapt up and made a dash off screen as he pretended he couldn’t look at the drums yet.
After Owain spoke about how touched he was by the amount raised for Children in Need, Mike surprised him.
Host Naga Munchetty remarked: “We will find out the full amount later, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was higher.
“I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was higher because you touched people’s hearts as well as your own.”
Mike jumped in: “It’s likely to go up again tonight because I have a surprise for Owain. He’s doing it again.”
Owain leapt up and dashed off camera as he exclaimed: “Oh, I’ve seen the drumsticks everyone, bye.”
Mike begged: “No, come back we need you.”
Fortunately Owain was only off camera for a matter of seconds as he rejoined his BBC colleagues on the sofa.
Mike continued: “It will be one of the highlights of the show this evening. It starts on BBC One at seven.”
Passing the drumsticks to Owain, he added: “There you go, he needs the drumsticks. He’s drumming live using Ed Sheehan’s drum kit I understand.”
Owain explained: “Well they’re doing something and I’ve got some drums.”
As he twirled his drum sticks, Naga remarked: “Look at you nonchalantly spinning them. You’ve changed.”
Owain laughed: “I couldn’t do this on Saturday morning,” recalled how tired he was after his 24 hour drumming session.
As the 24-hour drumathon came to an end on Saturday morning, Owain broke down in tears as he heard how much he had raised.
He remarked: “That’s so many fivers, that’s so many people texting in or going on the website and giving what they can.
“It’s going to change lives. It’s going to change countless lives across the UK.
“Thank you to everyone across the UK. Wherever you are, there are children and young people who will benefit from this.”
Owain was emotional as highlights from the challenge were shown to viewers.
Throughout the course of the 24 hours, he was joined by the likes of McFly’s Harry Judd, Pulp’s Nick Bank, Al Murray, John Thomason, Blondie’s Clem Burke, Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain, and Formula One’s Eddie Jordan.
He was also joined by 50 fellow drummers to play the BBC News theme tune on the Friday evening.
The full amount raised by Owain will be revealed on the Children in Need TV special on Friday.
BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One from 6am.
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