Katie Derham reveals she and Mary Nightingale were asked to appear on a 'celebrity burlesque' show

Katie Derham has revealed she was once asked to take part in a “celebrity burlesque” programme along with her former ITV News colleague Mary Nightingale.

The 2015 Strictly Come Dancing contestant, 46, discussed the possibility of taking part in another reality TV series.

As she dismissed the idea of appearing in other shows such as Celebrity MasterChef and The Jump, she admitted to having been sought after for a raunchier TV effort.

She told the Press Association: “My favourite one that I ever got offered – and I’m not sure if they ever made this – it was years ago when I was doing the news. At the same time me and Mary Nightingale got an email pinging into our inboxes in the newsroom, asking us if we wanted to be part of celebrity burlesque!”

Katie added that she “could not imagine who they would have got to sign up” to such a programme.

She joked about their potential “career change” and added: “How would that work? Also, how did they think they could actually get newsreaders to do it? Mary and I do still giggle about that.

The BBC broadcaster, who came fourth place on Strictly last year, also revealed her top advice for this year’s stars.

She said the celebrities should always “say yes to any offer of massage”.

She said: “You ache all the time, you use muscles you never knew you had … you become slightly obsessed by what kind of muscle rub lubricant you’ve got and what stretching exercises different people say you should do.”

Katie was one of the stars to attend the National Lottery Awards as she recently presented one of the winning charities with its trophy.

She “leapt at the chance” to visit members from the London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled Charity, which won the public vote to be crowned the UK’s Best Voluntary/Charity project.

“We had this tea dance at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, and there was a 40s band and lots of food and drink, and everyone had a right old time,” she revealed.

The charity, which has been running trips for veterans since 1948, used National Lottery funding for 92 London taxi drivers and volunteers to take 120 Second World War veterans and their carers on a five-day trip to the Netherlands on the 70th anniversary of the Liberation.

It received nearly 4,000 votes from the public to win the prestigious awards, which celebrates the benefits of lottery-funded projects to local communities across categories including the arts, sport, heritage and environment.

Katie said it was an honour to be a part of the prize-giving, adding: “I have been bowled over by the special bond between the London taxi drivers and the veterans.

“It is great that projects like this receive funding, thanks to National Lottery players who raise £36 million every week for good causes across the UK.”

National Lottery Stars is shown on Monday September 12 at 10.45pm on BBC1.

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