Chil­dren in Need

FUNDRAISER BBC1 HD, 7.30pm

TV & Satellite Week - - Hot List - NEW Fundraiser Chil­dren in Need Fri­day, 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

STRICTLY BOYZONE

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.

MU­SI­CAL MAGIC

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

Sis­ter Mil­dred.

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

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