BBC ONE CONFIRM TOM DALEY RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL
Tom Daley’s Hell of a Homecoming follows every step and struggle of the extraordinary journey home of Olympic champion, Tom Daley OBE, as he battles through the toughest challenge of his entire life to raise life changing cash for Red Nose Day.
Airing on Monday 14th March, BBC One at 9pm, viewers will learn the full story of Tom’s arduous 290-mile journey from the Aquatics Centre in London, where he won his first Olympic medal, all the way to his beloved hometown of Plymouth.
Viewers will see Tom push himself to breaking point as he tackles four Team GB disciplines – rowing, marathon running, open water swimming and cycling – following just nine weeks of training before diving into the biggest test of endurance he has ever faced.
Tom Daley said: “When I signed up to do the challenge, it hadn’t dawned on me quite how far London to Plymouth actually was. I had to train and push my body to places that I never even knew I could. There was a point where I thought, this is the most tired and exhausted I’ve ever felt in my life. I’ve trained for four Olympics and none of that comes close in comparison. It’s been some of the hardest days of my life. It was so incredibly tough, and people will see that in the documentary.”
While people at home see Tom tackle his challenge of a lifetime solo, he certainly isn’t alone on the road. Hundreds of well-wishers from communities across the South-West line the streets to cheer Tom on as momentum grows over the four days as he races towards the finish line at the iconic Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth Hoe.
Some familiar faces, and fellow Comic Relief challenge legends, including Davina McCall, Eddie Izzard, Ellie Simmonds, Sir Lenny Henry, Sir Steve Redgrave and Tom’s diving partner, Matty Lee, also drop by to give him a much-needed morale boost and remind Tom just how important every single donation is to Red Nose Day.
Tom added: “The support I received from the public along the way was unbelievable. The people coming out to support me and thinking about how donations will help so many people, is what helped me through the tough times. I hope people enjoy watching the documentary and if they can donate, it would make a world of difference to so many people.”
Viewers will also get to see how money raised by Red Nose Day helps change lives for people across the UK. During the documentary, Tom visits two projects funded by Comic Relief - Balloons, a specialist service that supports bereaved children and young people, and Kinship, a charity that supports carers and family members who step up to raise children when their parents can’t.
Watch Tom Daley’s Hell of a Homecoming on Monday 14th March at 9pm on BBC One and iPlayer.