Thursday 19 Dec 2013
BBC Children in Need returns on Friday 20 November, at 7.00pm on BBC One, with a variety of entertainment acts all doing their bit to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
Sir Terry Wogan is joined by Tess Daly and Alesha Dixon for a spectacular night of fun and fundraising.
The seven-hour show will come live from BBC Television Centre and will feature some of the UK's top TV, musical and theatrical personalities and acts.
Highlights on the night include:
• Live performances by Pixie Lott, Taylor Swift, Alesha Dixon, Spandau Ballet, Madness, Harry Connick Jr, Sugababes, Stereophonics, Little Boots, Paolo Nutini, The Nolans, Westlife, Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox.
• A special edition of Lark Rise To Candleford, where Sir Terry makes a guest appearance at the village Post Office.
• A special performance from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.
• The Dragons' Den team don hard hats and overalls to help renovate a Children in Need community centre in London.
• The cast of The One Show recreate Fame; plus a musical extravaganza from Albert Square and the cast of EastEnders.
• An exclusive preview of the Doctor Who Christmas special.
• The animals from Walk On The Wild Side star in a Children in Need special sketch.
• Contributions from the cast of Merlin, Casualty and top TV detective Poirot.
• Live performances on the night from the cast of The Bill, performing a Rat Pack classic, and Hollyoaks treating fans to a medley of Queen's greatest hits.
• Appeal messages from a host of celebrities, including Lewis Hamilton and Lady Gaga.
• Stars of the West End will be live in the studio, including Jason Donovan with the cast of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.
• Justin Lee Collins performs a live version of a Tom Jones classic.
• Around The World In 80 Days partners, John Barrowman and Myleene Klass, duet live in the studio.
• And, of course, the BBC newsreaders perform a very, very special live performance.
The programme will also feature broadcasts from around the UK, as BBC presenters join their local communities to catch up with some energetic and creative fundraising exploits.
This year the fundraising theme is, once again, "Do Something Different" and all those who step up to the challenge, or pick up the phone to pledge money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal, will be part of a huge community of supporters that make a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
To get involved, check out the website at: bbc.co.uk/pudsey.
Last year's BBC Children in Need television broadcast raised £21 million pounds on the night and the 2008 total appeal eventually topped £38 million.
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