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The Children In Need Takeover - Sara Cox

Sara Cox kicks off The Children In Need Takeover with Blue Peter presenters, Peppa & Daddy Pig, Craig David, George Ezra, Jessie Ware and live music from The Vamps!

Sara Cox kicks off The Children In Need Takeover, with Blue Peter presenters Lindsey and Radzi, plus Peppa & Daddy Pig, Craig David, George Ezra, Jessie Ware and live music from The Vamps!

We'll also handover our whole playlist to the children, staff and volunteers from projects around the UK that are supported by Pudsey's piggy bank. Plus as many of your fundraising shout outs as we can possibly fit in!

It's all for BBC Children In Need you can donate £5 by texting the word RADIO to 70405 or you can donate £10 by texting the word RADIO to 70410.

(UK only) Texts will cost your donation plus your standard network message charge and all of your donation will go to BBC Children In Need. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission. For full terms and conditions or to donate on line go to This text service will close on the 31st December 2017.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Scissor Sisters

    I Don't Feel Like Dancin'

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • Tom Chaplin

    Under A Million Lights

    • Twelve Tales Of Christmas.
    • Island.
  • Dave Edmunds

    Here Comes The Weekend

    • The Best Of.
    • Swansong.
    • 1.
  • Dire Straits

    Lady Writer

    • Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits.
    • Vertigo.
  • Boney M.

    Daddy Cool

    • Million Sellers Vol.14 - The Seventie.
    • Disky.
  • ABBA

    Dancing Queen

    • Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition).
    • Polar.
    • 001.
  • Little Mix

    Shout Out To My Ex

    • (CD Single).
    • SYCO.
  • Robbie Williams


    • The Best 90's Album In The World...Ev.
    • Virgin.
  • Cass Elliot

    It's Getting Better

    • Sweet Talkin' Guy - Sound Of 60's Gal.
    • Old Gold.
  • Jonas Blue

    Mama (feat. William Singe)

    • (CD Single).
    • Positiva.
  • The Nolans

    I'm In The Mood For Dancing

    • Chegger's Choice (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
    • 1.
  • Ariana Grande

    One Last Time

    • My Everything.
    • Republic Records.
  • Gloria Gaynor

    I Will Survive

    • Disco Fever (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • Elton John

    I'm Still Standing

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Jason Derulo

    Want To Want Me

    • (CD Single).
    • Warner Bros.
  • Lee Marvin

    Wand'rin' Star

    • (Single).
    • Paramount.
    • 9.
  • Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey

    Together In Electric Dreams

    • Our Friends Electric (Various Artists.
    • Telstar.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Three Little Birds

    • Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend.
    • Island.
  • Justin Bieber


    • Purpose.
    • Def Jam Recordings.
    • 4.
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

    Something Just Like This

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Fly Me to the Moon

    • A Man And His Music.
    • Reprise.
  • Whitney Houston

    Greatest Love Of All

    • Whitney Houston.
    • Arista.
  • Pharrell Williams


    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Oasis


    • What's The Story Morning Glory -Oasis.
    • Creation Records.
  • The Marvelettes

    Please Mr. Postman

    • Marvelettes-Compact Command Performan.
    • Motown.
    • 3.
  • The Beatles

    Here Comes The Sun

    • 1967-1970.
    • Apple.
    • 7.

Pause for Thought: "I’ll award stripy crowns of goodness to everyone, who opens their wallets today for others."

From Comedian & writer Paul Kerensa

Three decades ago, I was a child in need, of much hospital care. I used to think I was so poorly I was even born in a hospital – then I realised that was quite common.

I was born with a rare bladder condition – yes, that least fashionable of body-parts. Today’s trend of making a heart-shape with your fingers – where’s the trend of making a wobbly bladder-shape with your fingers instead? Our day will come.

So I grew up in and out of that famous children’s hospital – Great Ormond Street, just a mile east of here.

Like on this show today, we’d request songs, from hospital radio – I kept asking for new release Radio Gaga, so that ages me.

And like on this show today, the odd celebrity popped in too. (I’m not saying anyone here is odd – although the mix of Craig David and Peppa Pig is unexpected). I was five, so I had to be told who some celebs were – some footballer called John Barnes, a princess called Princess Anne. On her visit, I gave her my self-drawn artwork: ‘The Stripy Crown of Goodness’. I’ve still got her Buckingham Palace-headed reply, saying thank you for the Stripy Crown of Goodness, and how she wishes she could wear it.

A different sort of encouraging paperwork was sent by my namesake, Paul, the Apostle. Half of the New Testament are his letters to different communities: No drawings of striped headwear, but there’s a lot about goodness.

To the Galatians, Paul wrote “Let’s not grow weary of doing good.” To Hebrew Christians he urged, “Consider how to spur one another on, toward love and good deeds.” To Titus, Bishop of Crete: “We must learn to devote ourselves to doing what’s good, to provide for urgent needs, and not live unproductive lives.”

We’re still learning, two thousand years on, and the urgent needs are still there. I’m out of the children’s hospital now – well, I’m 38. And I was lucky – with a world-beating hospital, a fab family, and a manageable condition. But take away just one of those, and boy oh boy, girl oh girl, do those youngsters need help. 

So I’ll award Stripy Crowns of Goodness to everyone, who opens their wallets today for others. As a former child in former need, from the bottom of my heart, or indeed, bladder, a huge thank you.


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