Behind the scenes at Radio 4 for Children in Need

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    Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague with Pudsey in the Today studio

    In recent years Radio 4 has developed a growing relationship with Children in Need, supporting the BBC’s charity in various ways.

    This year we’ve decided to go a step further and are excited to announce our first ever auction of Radio 4-related experiences and items. 
    These behind-the-scenes, VIP experiences will give people the chance to see Radio 4 at work as never before, see how their favourite programmes are put together and meet the people responsible for making the world’s finest speech radio.
    The auction will be held online – though we’ll be talking about it on air - and the prizes cover every part of our output, from news to arts, comedy and drama.

    (The links below take you to the Radio 4 Children in Need eBay Auction Pages. The BBC is not responsible for third party sites, and use of the auction pages will be subject to eBay's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.)

    See the full range of Radio 4's Children in Need auctions.

    Auction highlights include:

    The Archers: join the team for a behind-the-scenes experience at The Archers’ Birmingham studio, meet cast & watch an episode being recorded.

    PM: enjoy a tour of the PM studios in the new BBC Broadcasting House and be the ‘Previously on PM’ voice for a week.  Past ‘Previously’ voices include celebrities like Dame Judy Dench and Larry King!

    Shipping Forecast: be coached by a Radio 4 continuity announcer in how to read the Shipping Forecast before recording your own version to keep.

    Test Match Special: tickets to a Test and a visit to the TMS commentary box to meet some of the team & share a slice of cake.

    Today: an early start to join the morning production meeting, watch Today go out live and have breakfast with some of the presenters. You will also receive a limited edition Tivoli DAB radio designed by a Today listener last year for Children in Need.

    Radio Drama: VIP tickets to the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2014 and the drinks reception with stars attending the event, held in the BBC Radio Theatre on the 26th January.

    The Infinite Monkey Cage: front-row tickets to a recording, a signed memento of the evening and drinks in the green room after the show with Brian Cox, Robin Ince and the production team.

    Just A Minute: watch an edition of JAM being recorded, join host Nicholas Parsons and the panellists for after-show drinks and receive a signed memento of the evening.

    Woman’s Hour: a morning with the Woman’s Hour team in London and Salford.  Watch the show go out live and join the presenter for tea and one the teams’ legendary cakes!

    A number of set price 'Buy it Now' items will offer the chance to have a Radio 4 Continuity Announcer record a personalised voicemail message.

    Alongside the online auction there will also be a text competition. See details of how to enter below.

    The Radio 4 Children in Need auction will be accessible through the Radio 4 website and is run through eBay.

    It will be launched by Richard Coles on Saturday Live on 9 November and the auction will finish on Sunday 17 November.

    See the full range of Radio 4's Children in Need auctions.

    Pudsey gets a newsreading masterclass with Zeb Soanes.

    BBC Radio 4 Children in Need Competition.

    The winner and one guest will enjoy a day of VIP access behind the scenes at Radio 4.  The day will include sitting in on Woman’s Hour, a visit to Radio 4 Continuity for the midday Shipping Bulletin, sitting in on recording of a radio drama, sitting in on PM, a tour of Broadcasting House and two tickets to a recording of the News Quiz or the Now Show.

    Competition question:
    In the shipping forecast, how many sea areas are there?
    a. 21
    b. 31
    c. 41

    How to enter:
    Text the word VIP and your answer, A, B or C along with your name to 84222.  Text messages cost £1 plus your standard network message charge. Each text message entry will result in a donation to Children In Need of between 40p and 67p depending on your mobile network operator.

    Text lines open 0001 on Saturday 9 November 2013 and close at 2100 on Sunday 17 November 2013, and the winner will be announced after 1200 on Monday 18 November.

    See the full terms and conditions.

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