Children in Need
FUNDRAISER BBC1 HD, 7.30pm
Graham Norton, Rob Beckett and Mel Giedroyc are among the hosts of the annual fundraiser, which has raised a staggering £950million since it launched in 1980.
CHILDREN IN NEED’S annual appeal night is one of the most starstudded events in the TV calendar, so get ready for some glamour, fun and serious fundraising.
Last year the charity telethon raised a record-breaking £60.7million, and this year presenters Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes and Rob Beckett are hoping they can top that total.
‘There’s so much generosity to be found in this country,’ says Daly.‘every penny on the night genuinely makes a difference.’
Here are five reasons to tune in to the big night on BBC1 and contribute to a great cause…
THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW
Dreams come true for one special little girl, nine-year-old Anna from Basingstoke, when she’s taken to the set of Doctor Who. There’s excitement as she enters the TARDIS – but an even bigger surprise when she finds herself face to face with the Time Lord herself, Jodie Whittaker. Let’s hope she gets a signed sonic screwdriver!
WHEELS OF STEEL
To date, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised a staggering £21million for Children in Need, and now it’s back with an all-new team of six riders. Presenter Matt Baker joins them as they attempt to ride 423 miles from Calais to Salford over a gruelling eight days. And if all their efforts inspire you to get off the sofa, viewers at home can take part in their own virtual rickshaw challenge to push the fundraising total even higher.
Five reasons to watch this year’s CHILDREN IN NEED
Nineties boy band Boyzone had numerous hit singles, but they weren’t exactly known for their dancing abilities. In fact, they have never quite lived down their cringeworthy performance on Ireland’s
The Late Late Show in 1993,
shortly after they formed. But now Boyzone are back and determined to prove that their moves have improved. So the boys are teaming up with the Strictly professionals to battle it out for the Pudsey glitterball, presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.
Some of the biggest names in music will be helping the night go off with a bang. Little Mix, Sheridan Smith and Alfie Boe will all be joining some unsuspecting fundraisers onstage, while the casts of the hit West End musicals Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
and School of Rock will be offering up still more musical treats. The Children in Need choir will also be performing the muchloved song A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman.
A SNEAKY PEEK AT A FESTIVE FAVOURITE
It may only be November, but it’s never too early to start thinking about some seasonal TV – and no Christmas Day would be the same without Call the Midwife. As part of the appeal night, Children in Need will preview an exclusive first look at the hit drama’s Christmas episode, in order to give fans a tantalising taste of what’s in store for the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House. Look out for new arrival Miriam Margolyes, who joins the cast as
Doctor Who’s JODIE WHITTAKER, TOSIN COLE, BRADLEY WALSH AND MANDIP GILL
PRESENTERS ROB BECKETT, ADE ADEPITAN, MEL GIEDROYC, GRAHAM NORTON, TESS DALY, MARVIN AND ROCHELLE HUMES
SHERIDAN SMITH JOINS IN THE FUN