Lucy climbs TV ratings to win prize

Lucy Creamer climbing Bootboys 8a+, Raven Tor, Peak District. Picture: Tim Glasby.

Lucy Creamer climbing Bootboys 8a+, Raven Tor, Peak District. Picture: Tim Glasby.

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SHEFFIELD climber Lucy Creamer has reached another pinnacle of her career – as a TV celebrity.

Her leading role in the BBC series Climbing Great Buildings helped it to win Best Daytime TV programme at the Broadcast Awards, beating Come Dine With Me, Deal or No Deal, Loose Women, Antiques Road Trip and Doctors.

The series showed Lucy dangling alongside presenter Dr Jonathan Foyle, an expert in architectural history, high on some of Britain’s most recognisable structures, including Durham Cathedral, Blenheim Palace, Clifton Suspension Bridge and St Pancras Station.

Renowned as the UK’s most accomplished female climber, she was roped in for her technical expertise to help the presenter and the cameraman, Ian Burton, into the best positions and quickly stamped her own personality on the programme.

Lucy, aged 39, who lives in Meersbrook, said she was “walking round with a big grin on my face” after the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

“This was a competitive category and to be honest we all felt pretty chuffed to have been shortlisted for it – and then we went and won it…

“To say we were all over the moon would be an understatement. When they read out our programme’s name as the winner, we all jumped 10 feet in the air and screamed. It really was a fantastic moment and I’m so glad I was there to experience it.

“I don’t think any of us were expecting to win. It really felt like a David and Goliath situation but for my part I was just happy to be there and experience something new. To win the award really was the icing on the cake and says a lot about the hard work the whole team put into the series. It really did dominate our lives for a while and everyone gave 100%, so to have the industry say ‘Yeah, we thought it was pretty good’, is quite cool.”

The series told the history of British engineering and architecture from a unique perspective, with the highlight, from Lucy’s point of view, being a 280 ft free abseil inside St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Sheffield climber has proved her skills around the world – on the most difficult rock faces, on sea cliffs and ice and in the competition arena – and has appeared several times on TV and radio but this was her biggest exposure.

She is currently preparing for another challenge – judging films for ShAFF, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, at The Showroom, and co-presenting them, on March 5 and 6. “I’ve got 61 films to watch and am wondering where I’m going to find the time but it’s not a bad way to spend these cold winter evenings…”