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Chris Evans | 10:24 UK time, Friday, 20 November 2009

Last night's Drivetime auction was "your" most successful ever with over £530k being raised for Children In Need, simply incredible. Thank you to everyone who bid... It'll be around before you know it.

So, last day today for a week as next week we start work on the new breakfast show, two days of planning and then three pilot shows, Wed, Thurs, Fri. Can't wait, lots of new ideas - some'll work, some won't, either way it's time to find out.

I just felt a pang of excitement/nervousness as I typed that last line. Now that's a very good sign.

Happy Friday gang.





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  • Comment number 1.

    Well Done on last night Chris, fantastic stuff.

    Good luck next week with the pilot shows - I for one can't wait until January.

    Loving your work


  • Comment number 2.

    Well done Chris - it was fantastic listening to all the bids last night, so it must have been an incredible atmosphere in the studio. Top man.

    Will miss you on Drivetime but very much looking forward to the Breakfast show - good luck.

    Darce xx

  • Comment number 3.

    HI CLP

    Fantastic show last night - great effort by everyone.

    Throughly enjoyed the concert too (especially as Bingo had written such an amazing and positive blog about it) and am really looking forward to watching the TV tonight.

    Will be ringing with my pledge this afternoon and hope to get one of the lovely bloggers! You never know!

    Wishing everyone well and thoughts go out to all who are currently suffering with the floods.

    Happy CIN Friday everyone

    Beany x

  • Comment number 4.

    It was dead exciting wasn't it? Congrats to the man who has managed to make it to every Dine and Disco so far! Wowzer!

    Anyway, if ARF is linked to CIN today, I'll pledge £20 if you start the show with Train in Vain by The Clash!

  • Comment number 5.

    Well said Beany, the pictures on the BBC news site show just how devastating it is.

    Amy_E x

  • Comment number 6.

    Well done for last night Christoph and good luck with the pilot shows.

    Typical - new blog just as I typed on the old one - so repeated here.....

    Thoughts are with those flooded out - not nice and safe journeys JG and Matt. Ali - I was wondering about Crumpy too. Let us know you are OK CC.

    I heard that Ali - that Sir Tel had been up to see the togs on the phones - I'm sure CLP will be up (or down) there to see his bloggers. I think Deev has sent texts to the whole of her phone book this morning!

    Laters smiley peeps

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 7.

    Hear hear Beany,

    Morning all,

    Does anyone know what Deev's doing today?


    As it turns out, I shall be joining them for lunch - can't wait to meet them all.

    I've had a great morning but won't bore you all.......for a change.

    Have a great day, and well done again on reaching that massive total.



  • Comment number 8.

    Morning all

    Well done, Christoph, on last night's auction, a fantastic achievement and congrats to all the lucky bidders. Will call later, and hopefully talk to one of our lovely blog peeps on the other end of the phone. Don't forget to go and say 'hello'.

    My thoughts also go out to those of you who are unlucky enough to be in the floods, the pictures on the news look horrendous. Can't imagine what it must be like xx

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 9.

    Greetings CLP & ALL,

    Bingo Star ere....

    CLP - Whatta grand total, a 'eard it waz 500 grand but 530 grand, a very grand, grand total!!!!!! Alotta grand INDEED... 530 ter be precise!!!!!!
    All adds inter the total for the Children In Need & am sure it'll be a massive total this year!!!!!!!
    Sir Tel will be proud of all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CLP - Getting ready for the Breakfast Gig... a feel nervous for yer.... in fact even though a asked for a job, am sort of glad in a way am noot part of the new show az i'd feel very nervous about 'elping.... but then like yer say.... it's a good thing ter be nervous.... keeps yer on yer toes and 'elps the creative juices ter flow better!!!!!!!!
    So actually a do wish a waz 'elping... would still be nervous though!!!!!!

    Az for the pilots shows... don't worry... after all yer are the 'older of a pilots licence!!!!!!!! NNNYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!@!!!@!@@!!@!@!

    Sorry... me jokes get worse!!!!!!!

    'ope all ave a good dee... & remember even if yer can only afford ter give a quid ter C.I.N... give that quid az it all makes the difference for a kiddy somewhere!!!!!!!!!! A ain't kidding 'ere!!!!!!!

    PS Really bust neet on tv terneet... C.I.N. with the awesome Annie Lennox & she's on Jools 'olland too.... brill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Comment number 10.

    Good on ya Rips enjoy your lunch with the ear wearing, bandana/boot wearing four.

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 11.

    Sorry busy neet noot bust!!!!! Soz!!!

  • Comment number 12.

    I've been looking at the pictures of the flooding on the BBC website, don't put the TV on in the mornings, so had no idea how bad it was. My heart goes out to all those affected, some for the second time in 4 years!

    CLP, well done on getting so much money donated. The running total earlier this morning on the radio was staggering! Please don't forget to say hello to Deev!

    Rips, enjoy your lunch mini-meet!

    T'is sunny here Beez, so we're hoping for a good journey, our route looks clear for today, but it might be a bit more dodgy getting home on Sunday - I hear the Severn around Welshpool is on the brink of flooding, and they are expecting a lot of rain tomorrow...still we can always divert to another route.

    Crumps, hope you're OK?

    Expecting Mr JG to turn up shortly, enjoy the CiN show tonight everyone, and I'll "see" you all Sunday night!

    JG x

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Chris,

    Just have to join in with what everyone else is saying today - what a fantastic achievement with last night's auction. It was so exciting just to listen to it, must have been wonderful for you actually broadcasting it!

    It has been a privilege listening to all the CIN activies on R2 this week - we have the best radio station in the entire world, I am sure of it.

    Bingo: well, your description of last night's show as spot on. It was terrific, I loved it. And you are right about Annie Lennox - the woman is mesmerising.

    I must say that my heart goes out to everyone affected by the flooding - it must be a nightmare. Not only to see everything you own completely destroyed, it must be so frightening too. Nature can be very cruel.

    Really looking forward to hearing from any bloggers who manage to get one of the "Fab Four" on the phones today!

    Rips: enjoy your lunch with the gang - wish I could be there too!

    C xx

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning, afternoon everyone from a grey upstate new york. It's finally stopped raining. I think I should have gone to work yesterday in a boat and the return trip wasn't much better. TGIF.......anyway

    I listen to the show in the morning here on my way into work, so for me Chris has been doing my morning show for some time. Either way, whatever the show is called, I know it will be great......

  • Comment number 15.

    JG - that's what I saw on the news - nice and sunny today but tomorrow looks dreadful and with the Severn already rising fast 'spect it will be a bit of a hairy journey on Sunday. Mind how you go.

    Chrissie I'm waiting until later to phone - you never know. They start at 2 and finish at 7 I think.

    Are you there yet Rips????? Pics on your phone please??

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 16.

    'Five' go out to lunch!!

    Is that waiter/ress ever going to earn his/her tip??

    Hope you all have a lovely time.

    This Friday has got a lovely feel about it, dont you think??

    Looks like it could be a good turn out for the FNWC, will get there when I can.

    Have a fun day all.


  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Beez: I will definitely be pledging this evening - I usually wait until the BBC1 show is well under way. I do believe the the phones in Scotland will be answered by volunteers in Scotland, so my chances of getting any of our troops is nil - I hope you are lucky!

    Last year, my daughter volunteered to answer CIN calls - she said the atmosphere was just terrific - though there were lulls. And then something would be shown on the telly that the audience reacted to, and the phones were going crazy!

    MTF: yes, I agree, this Friday has a terrific feel about it. As always, I will be thinking of my lovely mum - she loved CIN.

    And, I think I may pop in to FNWC for a wee while!

    C xx

  • Comment number 18.

    Chrissie, I usually wait until the evening but I'll phone during Chris's show I think.

    Heard from Crumpy - she's windblown but not soggy, flooding not too close thank goodness.

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi James - didn't see you sneak in there! You too MTF !!!

    Right - hungry - going to raid the fridge

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 20.

    Just popped in, in between stirring my cauldron Beez !


  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Beez, hope you're well. What are your plans for the weekend?

  • Comment number 22.

    Ooooo Bondy, nearly missed you too, see you've also got some wet stuff, hopefully not as bad as the floods here, although I am fortunate enough not to have been affected.

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 23.

    Beez: that's good news about Crumpy xx

    007: sorry, I did mean to say hi! Hope you are ok.

    C xx

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Penny, No flooding around here thank goodness, just very, very wet roads with some large puddling (if that's a word...LOL)

    Hi Chrissie, I'm well thanks, how are things with you?

  • Comment number 25.

    Word of day, eh James?!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi lovely peeps.

    Chris, half a million+ congratulations on what you achieved last night. It was amazing to hear, and I'm sure everyone will have the best days ever. I'm also sure the breakfast show will be just fantastic. We're all with you, all the way!!

    Hope the CiN phone bloggers have a brilliant time this afternoon, and that everyone has a great weekend.

    ((())) to all those affected by the floods, it must be just horrendous.

    T xxx

  • Comment number 27.

    LOL Penn.........

  • Comment number 28.

    Early kick off for me!

    Be back to join in the fun later.



  • Comment number 29.


    I was one of the lucky ones who secured a table, but just missed out on the cars by a grand ( gutted - but you did warn us). Anyway, now it is just sinking in, I'm very pleased to have finally been able to help CiN in this way, having tried unsuccessfully for the last 2 years.

    I don't know one end of a golf club from the other, and would have been much more at home behind the wheel of one of your fantastic automotive collection as that's my passion, but the Dine and Disco does sound fab overall. What a rush when I heard my bid was successful!

    Great job yesterday and best wishes to all involved in front and behind the scenes for the big day today!


  • Comment number 30.

    Welcome and good on you Beach......... now if you need someone to accompany you, I haven't a clue about golf but I am sure there will be some Bloggers who can help!

    Maybe next year for the cars then?

    Good luck Chris on the pilots next week, we'll all be thinking of you I am sure.

    I am full of something not nice and planning an early dart today so have a great weekend one and all.

    Daisy x

  • Comment number 31.

    Good luck to the phone blogger four.

  • Comment number 32.

    007: just to say, sorry I didn't answer your post #24. My lovely daughter appeared at my office and allowed me to take her for lunch! I am ok - looking forward to the weekend - I have had such a busy week at work!

    Beach: congratulations! Golf is not my strong point either, but I would be over the moon to attend the Dine & Disco - it's gonna be brill!

    Beez: any news from our brave girls and boys re: their lunch? I keep looking at the clock and thinking, our bloggers are now inside R2 HQ!

    Daisy: take care, hope you feel better soon. xx

    C xx

  • Comment number 33.

    Afternoon all.

    You can sense the excitement building for the phone blogger 4 from here ;) Although that does make em sound like the next case for 'Rough Justice'

    Best off for all those answering the phones and may all your donations be big ones!

  • Comment number 34.

    No problem Chrissie. Glad things are okay. Better to be busy than bored...... although there are days.......

  • Comment number 35.

    Well done Beach - if you are short of a partner :o) ... - however, I haven't a scooby about golf either but I sure can dine !!

    Well our four will be ensconced at the beeb now - c'mon Rips - we need an update on happenings.

    V funny James - know what you mean too well.

    Hope you feel better soon Daisy. Off you go right now.

    Hi Thunder Chrissie & Andy too. Mwah xx cos it's Friday yay!

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 36.

    Just rang and donated - I said I was a blogger, but I don't think it was one of the 4 who I spoke to.

    Good luck to everybody else who is fund raising in any way today.

    My donation was in memory of my mum who died a year ago, she loved CIN which makes today a special memory.


  • Comment number 37.

    That was a nice thing to do Misstoe..... I am sure your Mum would be well pleased......

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi everyone,

    Hope the fab four are having a ball and taking plenty of pledges, as has already been said by Chrissie, being in Scotland we wont get a chance to speak to them, thought Rips might have taken a photo at the lunch and posted on FB.

    Have a great weekend one and all!!



  • Comment number 39.

    Meant to say, will not be watching any of CIN tonight as going to see "Magic of Motown" at SECC, Glasgow. So to everyone who will be watching or taking part - ENJOY!!

  • Comment number 40.

    Hi All,

    I couldn't have asked to meet four more pleasant, attractive, polite, entertaining, generally lovely people...........

    .......and then Deev, Seza, Super and Gingembre turned up so I had to leave that table and sit with the bloggers.

    Badum tish! I'm here all week......

    Very nice lunch with four truly lovely people who are more than a little excited to be where they now are.....although if they breathalise Deev, she may not get in! ;^p

    Left them all at the front door and like all of you, now await their stories later.

    Seza and Deev took some photos, but to be honest we were all to busy talking to think much about that. Soz!

    Right - gots to go.

    Have a great day all


    Who knows where it's hidden Gingembre!!!


  • Comment number 41.

    Oops! Really sorry that I didn't take a photo of them, but it really did seem to go in flash......

    They do have some though.



  • Comment number 42.

    I echo all the sentiments going towards the people affected by the floods..it looks absolutely terrible; also thoughts and prayers to the family of the missing policeman!!!
    CLP...Over £1/2 mill...FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!
    Beach...nice one...I know a bit about golf if you need an assistant!?!?!!?
    To everyone that's going out for a meal, having watched The Restaurant last night I can strongly recommend 1/2dozen NOT to go to!!!...what a bunch of numpties!!....I can't see any way for RRRRaymond to knock any of 'em into shape!!
    Good luck today to all the bloggers manning the phones!!
    PS #3 son was desperate to get back to school for cin day today, and as he's stopped 'grunting' we decided it should be safe to do so...only wife and #2 son to sort out now!!

  • Comment number 43.

    Rips: thanks for the update! Intrigued, now, re: Gingembre!


  • Comment number 44.

    Me again.

    Did mean to say to Gail: hope you enjoy this evening - it should be a fantastic show!


  • Comment number 45.

    I agree Chrissie - c'mon Rips wot you on about?

    Hi DF
    Have a great time tonight Gail - love Motown me.

    Beezer xx
    who really should be working but CBA this afternoon cos I've sent 2 texts to someone and not had a reply yet - grrrrr

  • Comment number 46.

    Thanks Bondy

    I have now found out that I can't listen to th'i player thingumy so I will probably miss my dedication.

    Please can somebody let me know if they play 'On the sunny side of the street'



  • Comment number 47.

    Thanks for that Chrissie, really looking forward to it. We are going with my work colleague and her husband, we bought him the tickets for his 50th in July.

    X Gail

  • Comment number 48.

    I've often moaned myself when I leave messages on mobiles and they don't get returned, but here's a tale...I'm with Orange and yesterday had a message that there were 36 new messages!!...and when I pick them up they went back to 29th October!?!?! No wonder I kept getting phonecalls from irate friends calling me Lord Lucan..The Scarlet Pimpernel, and other such 'funnies' that can't be written otherwise the mods would remove this blog quiker than it could get posted!!
    Never again will I slag my mates for not returning calls!!

  • Comment number 49.

    Goodness me - DF - 29th October - if I have to wait that long I will have been there and back without said person awaiting reply from !!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 50.

    Afternoon All,

    How are peeps???

    I'm looking forward to getting outta here (just been told they don't need me next week) and getting some fish 'n' chips and a glass of wine...oh and CiN of course!!


  • Comment number 51.

    Cant you listen through the Radio 2 web site listen live? You don't need to download the iplayer for that.
    If you cant get to the web site then go to this URL (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/radio2%29 in your Media player.

  • Comment number 52.

    Thanks Thunder

    That's whats not working - I am getting the message 'this content does not appear to be working - try again later'. Probably the company firewalls/server.

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi Eb.... hope you are well.

  • Comment number 54.

    Hi Eb: fish & chips and wine .... sounds like a plan!

    Thunderclap/mtd: I would LOVE to know what you are talking about - I mean that!

    Can someone please tell me why, if were at home today, 4.20pm would have come round in a flash. But here I sit at this desk and the day has been unbelivably long! Can't wait for 5.30!

    C xx

  • Comment number 55.

    err ..... unbelievably!

  • Comment number 56.

    Hi Chrissie

    I can't 'listen live' through my computer at work (I used to be able to) so I will probably miss my dedication :-(


  • Comment number 57.

    ha ha Chrissie looks like it was time you were home.

    Ebbw chish and fips sounds good to me !!

    Just made my donation to CIN and mentioned CLP bloggers - 50p Baggy please.

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 58.


    Fank god its friday!!! Just about survived my week, now coming up for air and chards is certainly chilling!

    Going to call in now to R2 and see if I get one of the fab four

    Not had a chance to catch up at all - but hope everyone is OK and looking forward to the weekend

    Food update - tonight it is roast dinner - stuffing, sausages, bacon rolls and yorkies - major withdrawl so its ficial - Friday is the NEW sunday roast!



    A LOT!

  • Comment number 59.

    AH HA!!!!!!

    just spoke to Seza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    they are having a ball and have met Hells Bells, Scouse Sarah and the mighty CLP

    Hugs and photos all round!

    Made my dedication for all CLP bloggers!!!!! Listen out!!!!!!!

    smiley debs!

    PS - Seza is going to put my name forward to talk to Chris - lets hope if he phones me I dont lose my voice again!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 60.

    What time do the fab four finish their stint?

    Debs, can I come for dinner, pleeeease!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 61.

    Woo Hoo Debs, lucky you.

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 62.

    Penny - course - plenty to go round! They finish at 7pm when it goes over to BBC1 - whats the chances of getting Seza hey!



  • Comment number 63.

    Lucky you Debs

    Hope you do speak to him.

    Have good weekends everybody.


  • Comment number 64.

    Just tried to donate and all lines busy - didn't want to do it without speaking to someone - i'll try again in a few minutes!

    Beany x

  • Comment number 65.

    Beany - I had to try twice but second time got straight through. Not to one of ours though. Could hear all the giggles and chatter in the background though - sounds like all having fun in the old call centre place.

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 66.

    tried 3 times now but will keep on trying! x

  • Comment number 67.

    Well, it just goes to show that if you actually do some work, the time does pass - the last hour has disappeared!

    mtd #54: och, I'm sorry - I wasn't being flippant, I promise. Hopefully you will be able to Listen Again and hear your dedication. x

    Debs: wonderful news about the Fab Four! It would be fantastic if CLP calls you - big deep breath and say something .... anything!

    Hope everyone has a good weekend - I do intend to pop in later for the FNWC - I will most definitely have a glass of wine in my hand!

    C xx

  • Comment number 68.

    Me too :-(


  • Comment number 69.

    Evening each

    Merrrrrlot breathing as we speak (who said that, btw, taking the mickey out of my accent).

    Chris, good luck next week, you'll be fab.

    Not having a great evening, my brother's friends are donating to his lasting memories fund on Asthma UK and have started me off again.

    Back later. xxxxx

  • Comment number 70.

    Just got through! The lady was a bit flustered but I made the donation. I mentioned CLP Bloggers but that threw her even more. 50p please Baggy!

    Have a happy weekend everyone

    Beany x

  • Comment number 71.

    Hugs, Annie xx

    Pen, still trying to get through


  • Comment number 72.

    Aww Annie bums you are having a bad day - be strong and think of the good times,

    The merrrrrrrrrrrrrrlot will help! (wasnt me, wasnt me!!) :-)

    I'll be well miffed if me mention doesnt get a mention btw cumon CLP - its for the bloggers!!!!!


  • Comment number 73.

    Got the radio on and listening for your name Debs. xxxx

  • Comment number 74.

    Woo Hoo just got through, didn't get one of the fab four, but made me feel great!!

    Pen x

  • Comment number 75.

    I can't hear the radio at all. deathly quiet here as invigilating tests - don't ask. hoping to be finished and home before end of show xx

    Good on you all who have donated and to the fab 4 staffing the phones

  • Comment number 76.

    That'll be another 50p Baggy, just got through and mentioned the bloggers. Citing isn't it?

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 77.

    volume up for the Caaandy Man.......

  • Comment number 78.

    Hey Bondy - good to see you back on here - how you doin? Are you enjoying your newish job still. Did you see I am still working in Essex - after my 2 week project in August! LOL - great fun, great team, bums drive!

    love to you and the Daphsters!


  • Comment number 79.

    I finally got through and spoke to the lovely Baggy - v exciting and another 50p in the tin! And despite being a longtime lurker, she remembered me, awww!

    Wishing you all a lovely weekend, hugs to those that need or want them.

    Love Ann, aka AnnieOakley

  • Comment number 80.

    Hi Debs....... is the job in Essex permanent? How long is your drive?

    The daphster is doing well, and is sooo excited to see me when I get home.........

  • Comment number 81.

    Hi Bondy - drive is anything from 3.5 - 5.5 hours depends on the lovely M25 - I do only do it twice a week though and stay away 2 nights a week - going to be there until at least Easter if all goes to plan - 4 days a week till xmas and then 3 days a week next year

    Pays the bills as they say!


  • Comment number 82.

    wow debs. I thought my almost 2 hours one way commute was bad. I still haven't sold the house so I am doing it everyday. The new job is going okay. I am gad that at least you've your current temporary(?) job. Hopefully it will become permanent. Is there any chance it will?

  • Comment number 83.

    Deevs is so going to LOVE the end of that cartoon!!

    That was so cool.


  • Comment number 84.

    Sorry, good evening all, have just landed and put CIN on and saw peter Kays fantastic compilation.

    Gotta buy it, out on Monday!!!


  • Comment number 85.

    fantastic toon huh MTF, can't believe it took 2 years to put it together! And ain't Mr Kay fab for donating money from memorabilia sales to CIN too, what a thoroughly nice chap!

    Tiggs xxxx

  • Comment number 86.

    MTF: Me too, 4yr old will love it.


  • Comment number 87.

    Never mind the 4 yr, this (almost) forty too-too good loves it!!!

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 88.

    Hi Tiggs and Anne, ahem this 47 year old will love it too!!

    What a genius Mr Kay is.

    What will he think of next?


  • Comment number 89.

    Ha ha Tiggs same thoughts eh, bet its for Anne too!!!


  • Comment number 90.

    Bums - I missed the end of Kay's cartoon - saying that it was Deev on the phone. Reckon she may make it to Mars tonight she is on such a high!!! Where's it being sold?

    Annie Oakley woo hoo - good to see you here again - stop lurking and dive in and wow through to Baggy well done!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 91.

    Wouldn't those children just break your heart?


  • Comment number 92.

    Oh yes - pee ess Deev may make it on here later but away with hubby for spa week-end so may be a while before we hear from her.

    Got it in the ear Rips - Big Time!!!! OOOps

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 93.

    Anne, one look at the little girl set me off!


  • Comment number 94.

    BBC Scotland has the lovely Paulo who can't stand up straight!!


  • Comment number 95.

    MTF: Me too. xxxx

  • Comment number 96.

    James, are you still about, can you get CIN??


  • Comment number 97.

    Well done Chris and the crew for last night

  • Comment number 98.

    Can someone send David Tennant a square meal?


  • Comment number 99.

    I love Fame!!


  • Comment number 100.

    Go Biggins!



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