BBC Children in Need 2004
Introduction - The
Big Night on BBC TV
On Friday 19 November BBC ONE celebrates 25 years of
its flagship BBC Children in Need broadcasts.
Get ready to party with Pudsey in a seven hour extravaganza
that boasts the biggest stars of television, music and the West End.
This major annual TV event, hosted by Terry Wogan
and Gaby Roslin, brings together the best of British and international
talent who sing, dance and dress to impress or embarrass as required.
And, of course, every penny raised goes directly to
the children who need it.
Most importantly of all everyone is raising money for
children across the UK who are desperately in need of help.
This year's live concerts featuring top pop acts
take place on the night in Wrexham, Stirling, Gloucester,
Hull and Carlisle and viewers will get to enjoy live performances
direct from the spectacular outdoor stages.
Some of the studio highlights confirmed so far include
the BBC News teams taking a trip back to the Eighties.
The gents show their New Romantic side with a cover
of Duran Duran's Wild Boys and the ladies turn up the heat with their
version of the Bananarama hit Venus.
What Not to Wear goes to Walford and EastEnders
Mo and Little Mo Slater bear the brunt of Trinny and Susannah's opinions
on dressing from Zoe's stall.
The Coronation Street cast take to the cobbles
for a rendition of hits from the musical Oliver, with the Street's Chesney
(Sam Aston) taking the title role and daring to ask for more, surely
even Mr Bumble can't say no to him.
Also celebrating its 25th birthday is Blankety Blank
and Terry Wogan reprises his role as host complete with his iconic wand
microphone and a star-studded panel on hand to guess the blanks.
Suggs gets in on the act singing Madness hit
Our House ably assisted by Kirstie Allsopp (Location, Location, Location),
Handy Andy, Linda Barker, and Ann Maurice (the House Doctor).
Shane Richie sings Beyond the Sea and Amanda
Holden reminds us all that she is a Natural Woman with her rendition
of the Aretha Franklin classic.
Westlife, Shania Twain, Donny Osmond,
Geri Halliwell and Blue are amongst the musical stars
who will be performing in the studio with further internationally known
names to be announced.
Snow Patrol, Travis, McFly, Ronan
Keating and Dannii Minogue are just some of the chart-topping
acts whose performances at the live concerts will be broadcast on the
And, Girls Aloud will be giving a show-stopping
performance of this year's BBC Children in Need single I'll Stand
By You. The single release date is Monday 15 November.
Last year BBC Children in Need raised £30m, the
highest ever total, and the charity hopes to raise even more this year.
BBC Children in Need uses the money raised to give
grants to registered charities or voluntary and community groups that
support youngsters aged 18 or under.
Children with disabilities or mental health problems,
and those who have suffered serious illness, abuse, poverty or neglect,
are amongst those who will receive support.
This year a standalone documentary Runaways is
also being shown on Wednesday 10 November to mark the 25th anniversary
of BBC Children in Need.
And, throughout the night on 19 November there will
be regular updates from around the country and appeal films, enabling
viewers to see how the money is being spent and why it is important
to raise even more this year.