BBC Children in Need Appeal Night

7:30pm Friday 18 November on BBC ONE

Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly and Alesha Dixon present one of television’s biggest nights of the year, live from Television Centre.

One Direction open the appeal, with other music guests including JLS, Westlife, Susan Boyle and The Collective (featuring Gary Barlow, Ed Sheeran, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, Ms Dynamite, Tulisa, Wretch 32, Rizzle Kicks, Mz Bratt, Dot Rotten and Labrinth) with the Children in Need single Teardrop.

Kylie Minogue, Daniel Craig, Jessie J, Cheryl Cole, Zoe Ball and EastEnder Jo Joyner all make appeal film contributions; Sir Alan Sugar enters the Dragons’ Den in The Dragons’ Apprentice and there are sketches from Vic & Bob and Russell Howard’s Good News.

The cast of EastEnders rock Albert Square as The Vic does Queen and the cast of Hollyoaks appear live in the studio. The Muppets lead an all-star version of the classic song Manah, Manah where Miss Piggy and Kermit are joined by a cast ranging from Harry Hill to Davina McCall to the Match of the Day team.

In a cornerstone of the evening, Gareth Malone will lead a 10-strong choir who then, in a complex studio operation, link up live with 3,000 children from all over the UK including Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and other English regions.

Newsreaders Fiona Bruce, Emily Maitlis, Sophie Raworth and Sian Williams try their hand at ballroom and face Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Alesha Dixon with their own Strictly Challenge. Nick Knowles is in the studio for DIY SOS: The Big Build to celebrate their biggest makeover to date, and there’s an exclusive sneak peek at the Doctor Who Christmas special.

There are also totaliser updates throughout the evening as the nation pulls together to support needy children throughout the UK.

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