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Children in Need announces highlights for spectacular live show

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Update – 27 August 2010: this press release posted on 26 October 2010 has been updated to include further highlights on the Children in Need live appeal show.


BBC's Children in Need spectacular live appeal show returns on Friday 19 November at 7pm 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.

Hosted by Terry Wogan and Tess Daly 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:

  • Starring performances from the cast of Coronation Street and EastEnders
  • A live performance from JLS of the official Children in Need single, Love You More
  • The recently-reformed Take That will perform their new single, The Flood, and in a Children in Need exclusive, will perform one of their classic hits live for the first time since regrouping
  • An extra special pop-star edition of Strictly Come Dancing
  • Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button going head to head in a go-karting challenge
  • A sneak preview of the Doctor Who Christmas special
  • Additional live performances from Cheryl Cole, Alexandra Burke, Westlife, The Script, The Saturdays, Ellie Goulding and Maroon 5. More acts to be announced shortly
  • Peter Andre performs a tribute to Michael Jackson
  • The ladies from Loose Women give Girls Aloud a run for their money with their rendition of The Promise
  • And, of course, a very, very special, live performance by the BBC Newsreaders

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.

John Barrowman will present this year's extravaganza from Glasgow where the cast of hit musical We Will Rock You will be among the acts joining Pudsey at the SECC as Children in Need Rocks.

All-girl group The Saturdays will be brightening up Children in Need in Wales, when they join Only Men Aloud to celebrate a very special Children in Need night live from Wales's Millennium Stadium. The half-time performance, presented by The One Show's Alex Jones, will see The Saturdays and all-male choir Only Men Aloud wowing the crowds during half time of the autumn international rugby match, Wales v Fiji.

Viewers in Northern Ireland will be treated to a spectacular show from the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

At the heart of every Appeal are the amazing armies of fundraisers across the nation and, this year, their call to arms is "Show your spots let's raise lots!" Showing your spots doesn't mean doing anything difficult, expensive or scary, it just means doing something outside of your normal routine to help us raise money – which could be as simple as wearing spots, or as daring as a sponsored abseil.

To get involved, check out the Children in Need website.

Last year, thanks to the amazing generosity of the British public, a record-breaking £39 million was raised. This is currently being used to really change enhance the lives of thousands of disadvantaged youngsters right here in the UK.

Children in Need is also being simulcast on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

The new BBC One HD channel will simulcast a network version of the BBC One schedule, with the majority of peaktime programmes in HD, including The Apprentice, Strictly Come Dancing, Children in Need, Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, The Graham Norton Show and The Royal Variety Show.

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