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It's a child's life, with television presenter, Katy Hill

Ex-Blue Peter presenter and mum, Katy Hill, turns the clock back to a reimagined childhood...

Posted: 15 August 2013
by Catherine Hudson
Presenter and mum, Katy Hill

Full-time mum of two and presenter, Katy Hill, has been heading up Ribena's 75th Birthday competition and celebrations. Katy, who like many of us, grew up drinking Ribena, took the time to chat with us about what she would do if she were five years old, once more...

As a born-again five-year-old, what is the first thing you would do?

Probably jump on my bike: I lived on my bike! Or maybe I would climb a tree. I was always trying to keep up with my brother, and I have the scarred knees to prove my tomboy childhood.

What advice would you give your five-year-old self?

Wear suncream on your face, every day of your life. I now know that 50 per cent of signs of ageing is from sun damage - not, of course, that 5 year old Katy would care, but Katy in her 40’s definitely does!

What rules would you stick to?

Most of them. I quite like order and routine.

What rules would you break?

Managing to get to bed without brushing my teeth always felt like I’d beaten the system in some way, which seems a little ironic now... [Katy is the face of Arm & Hammer toothpaste]

Testing your creative skills, what would you make?

I'd set about making perfume. The roses in our garden never stayed planted for very long - my poor dad. I used to pull the heads off and make perfume for my mum with the petals and water. I don’t think Chanel will be adopting the method anytime soon. 

If you could, would you do anything to change your character?

I’d probably make five-year-old Katy less shy. Nobody every believes me but I’m actually pretty shy still. I just hide it well

Would you play more or try to learn harder?

Both. I’d do everything to the max.

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to be when you grew up?

I would probably want to do the same as I have done. I wanted to be a presenter since I was five, and specifically on Blue Peter because that was where I saw girls doing all the brave things I wanted to do. I thought it looked like the best job in the world - and, happily, it was. 

What would you do for fun and hobbies?

I played the piano up to grade eight but as soon as I was allowed to stop learning, I did. And I haven’t touched a piano since: what a waste! If I could turn the clock back I would probably have a go at learning the cello, too. And I’d love to have a pilot licence, because that would just be pretty cool.

What pearls of wisdom would you pass on to your five-year-old friends?

Just to enjoy life and live every minute. It’s an old cliche but time does go SO fast.

How would you dress yourself?

Back then I was all about wearing long dresses - I liked a bit of a hippy vibe. I would wear maxi dresses with platform shoes. Oh, how I loved my platform shoes. Or jelly shoes, which I’m pleased to see are making a comeback.

What would you ask to have for a slap up dinner?

My favourite meal was a proper old school prawn cocktail. Whenever we went out for a meal as a family, prawn cocktail always had to be in there somewhere.

What would you insist upon doing if you only had one day to spend being aged five, before returning to adulthood?

I’d dance in the rain. Somehow we lose that innocence as we grow older and the simple things are the most amazing. I've always loved that George Bernard Shaw quote: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”.

Look out for Bury mum, Lisa Morley's, competition-winning Ribena bottle design. Available in Tesco stores from October 2013.

Follow Katy’s Parenting and Lifestyle Blog at and follow Katy on Twitter: @KatyHillTV

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