BBC Children In Need: Got It Covered
BBC Children In Need: Got It Covered is a brand new venture for 2019 which involves some of the UK’s biggest names from stage and screen as they band together to produce an entire album of cover songs, whilst helping to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK.
A whole host of critically-acclaimed actors have volunteered their time to play a special part in this incredibly exciting project for BBC Children In Need this year. Among them are Helena Bonham Carter CBE (The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd), Jim Broadbent (Iris, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince), Olivia Colman CBE (The Favourite, Fleabag), Shaun Dooley (Gentleman Jack, Gunpowder), Luke Evans (Beauty And The Beast, Fast & Furious 7 & 8), Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack, Doctor Foster), Adrian Lester OBE (Trauma, Hustle), Himesh Patel (Yesterday, EastEnders), David Tennant (Good Omens, Doctor Who) and Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Trust Me).
A special 90-minute entertainment documentary, narrated by Dervla Kirwan, will air on BBC One ahead of the annual BBC Children In Need Appeal show and the album, in aid of BBC Children In Need, will be released in conjunction with Silva Screen Records on Friday 1 November.
The cameras will follow the entire recording process and explore all the behind-the-scenes action as the actors face the challenging task of laying down their bespoke tracks at the legendary recording studios Rak and Abbey Road Studios in London. Each of the actors has handpicked a song that is most significant to them and received expert guidance from Brit Award and Mercury award-winning record producers and songwriters Guy Chambers and Jonathan Quarmby. Renowned vocal coach Mark De-Lisser assisted the actors with producing their tracks.
The entertainment documentary will also shine a light on the projects funded by BBC Children In Need, with a selection of the actors visiting projects to see first-hand the difference their support will make to young lives.
BBC Children In Need: Got It Covered is a co-production by BBC Studios and 20four7films. It has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown. The executive producers are Mel Balac, Creative Director at BBC Studios, and Polly Dooley, Executive Producer at 20four7films. The director is Peter Coventry and the series producer is Louisa Gray.