Kirsty Young wept over nominations for BBC’s 999 Awards

The BBC announced last week that they’re hosting a new awards ceremony aimed at honouring members of the emergency services who’ve shown outstanding courage and commitment to saving lives.

And today, Crimewatch presenter Kirsty Young – who’s to host the glitzy ceremony – revealed to The Sun’s TV Biz that she cried when she read the stories of some of the nominated heroes.

She said, “There are some very moving stories. It’s going to be a rollercoaster of emotion.

“I have read through the nominations and they have made me cry.”

Kirsty, who’s mum to daughters Freya and Iona, added, “Once you have had kids, you cry at anything.

“When I was pregnant for the first time I cried over somebody’s decking on Ground Force – I knew then that I had crossed the Rubicon!

“But the great thing about the 999 Awards is that they are a celebration. Out of some of the very distressing and tragic stories there is triumph at the end…”

The 999 Awards will be screened on BBC1 later this year, although a date for the broadcast is yet to be announced.

However, in the BBC’s press release about the awards, the categories in which 999 workers have been nominated are…

Police Officer
Fire & Rescue Worker
Coastal Rescuer
Mountain Rescuer
Emergency Volunteer
999 Operator
Local Hero

The announcement adds…

BBC One is proud to announce the launch of The BBC 999 Awards. For the first time on television, the BBC will honour the heroes of Britain’s Emergency Services in an event that recognises the tireless work they do.

Since the 999 emergency number came in to action 75 years ago, the Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, Coastguard and Mountain Rescue services have saved millions of lives. The BBC 999 Awards aim to acknowledge the heroic acts that the officers and volunteers of the emergency services perform on a daily basis.

Over the course of the evening, awards will be presented to members of each of the five emergency and rescue services and to specific teams and individuals whose actions exceed the call of duty to help save lives and ensure the public’s safety. Awards will be given to the most outstanding:

The BBC 999 Awards will also honour select teams and individuals, with Special Recognition Awards aimed at people who have performed beyond the call of duty in exceptional circumstances.

The BBC’s 999 Awards was commissioned by the corporation’s Executive Editor of Entertainment Commissioning, Mirella Breda, who said, “This just felt like a show that needed to be made.

“It promises to be a night filled with dramatic, inspiring and heart-warming stories celebrating Britain’s real life heroes.”

Tissues at the ready for this one then!


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.