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BBC Children in Need
Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin

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 night.

 

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.


GM


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