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Vinny Hurrell

Vinny Hurrell

Liam McBurney

(L-R) Vinny Hurrell with mum Jean, brother Patrick, dad Donal and brother Donal

(L-R) Vinny Hurrell with mum Jean, brother Patrick, dad Donal and brother Donal

Main goal: Vinny Hurrell always wanted to work for the BBC

Main goal: Vinny Hurrell always wanted to work for the BBC

Dream job: Vinny at work in the Radio Ulster studio

Dream job: Vinny at work in the Radio Ulster studio

As a little boy

As a little boy

With parents Jean and Donal, sisters Donna and Emma and brothers Patrick and Donal

With parents Jean and Donal, sisters Donna and Emma and brothers Patrick and Donal

Vinny Hurrell

In this week's interview Rachel Dean talks to Vinny Hurrell (38), a BBC radio and television producer and presenter. He lives in north Belfast with his fiance.

Q. Tell us about your childhood.

A. I grew up in Randalstown with my mum and dad and my two sisters and two brothers. Donna is my eldest sister, although she loves the fact that she looks the youngest of us all now. Then there's my sister Emma - she was always the wild child - and then there's my brother Donal, who is just a year younger than me. Although we fought the bit out when we were young, we were close friends growing up. Then there's my little brother Patrick, the wee surprise that came along and turned everything on its head. He was born when I was about 11.