BBC Children in Need

10:00pm Friday 16 November on BBC TWO

BBC Children in Need appeal night switches over to BBC Two during the BBC One 10 O’Clock News, as the entertainment extravaganza continues with Sir Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton. The glittering TV spectacular promises even more music, including another live performance from One Direction, as well as from the sensational Irish band The Script, fronted by Danny O’Donoghue.

There’ll be more hilarity in store for viewers, as comedian Sarah Millican hosts a special episode of her very own show, Sarah Millican’s Television Programme, exclusively for Children in Need’s appeal night.

This final section of the evening will also feature a number of short films which will highlight some of the vital work that the charity is carrying out throughout the UK to change the lives of disadvantaged children. Appeal night host Fearne Cotton will introduce an appeal film on bullying. Pop sensation Robbie Williams will also present viewers with a moving story of a family supported by Children in Need through a very difficult time and EastEnders actress Nina Wadia (who plays Zainab) will also appear in a short film, in which she meets a little boy whose life has been transformed by Children in Need’s Friendship Project.

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10:35pm Friday 16 November on BBC ONE

The fun continues with BBC Children in Need’s annual appeal night. Top music acts such as Leona Lewis and Little Mix will join Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw live in the studio, to give special musical performances in support of Children in Need as we go through the night into the early hours.

Viewers will also be treated to a rare performance from Kylie Minogue as she’s joined by the legendary BBC Concert Orchestra to perform reworked versions of some of her most famous hits, filmed at Proms in Park in Hyde Park earlier this summer.

There’ll be yet more comedy in this section of the evening, with a special episode of Not Going Out with Lee Mack, which will feature a cameo appearance from Sir Terry Wogan himself. The BBC’s very own newsreaders Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth and Bill Turnbull will also be going head to head in a bid to be crowned champion, in a special edition of Top Gear’s ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’.

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7:30pm Friday 16 November on BBC ONE

The much-anticipated BBC Children in Need appeal night kicks off tonight. It promises to be a bigger-than-ever, spectacular night of musical entertainment, live sketches, special features, glitz, glamour and guest appearances hosted by Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton and Tess Daly.

They will be joined in the studio by a host of famous faces, with performances from One Direction, Susan Boyle, as well as pop superstars Girls Aloud, who will reunite for an exclusive first TV performance of their eagerly awaited Children in Need 2012 single, Something New.

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant will be adding some sparkle and donning their dancing shoes once more to give a memorable performance with their partners from the show, Anton Du Beke and Flavia Cacace. There’ll be more dancing from Britain’s Got Talent 2012 winner Pudsey the Dog, who will join Children in Need’s very own Pudsey bear in a unforgettable performance.

Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith, will also bring viewers an extra special ‘prequel’ to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for Children in Need, and an exclusive preview trailer of the Christmas special including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion. There will also be an exclusive preview of the Call The Midwife Christmas special.

There’ll be more golden moments from Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes, as Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington and Ellie Simmonds treat viewers to their very own music video.

Presenter and former chorister Aled Jones will lead a chorus of 2,500 children across the UK’s nations and regions, as they give an unmissable live performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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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.

7:00pm Friday 18 November on BBC ONE

Tonight, The One Show kicks off BBC Children in Need Appeal Night with a special programme dedicated to Children in Need.

Alex Jones hosts this special show which gives viewers an update from the UK’s nations and regions’ fundraising activity. There is also some behind-the-scenes teasers from the Children in Need Appeal Night programme later this evening, plus some celebrity surprise guest appearances.

The show also hosts the grand closing of The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need which will see presenter Matt Baker attempting to finish his arduous journey which took him from Edinburgh to London in eight days.

8:00pm Thursday 17 November on BBC ONE

Gary Barlow brings together some of the biggest names from the music industry for a special one-night-only concert for BBC Children in Need.

Hosted by Fearne Cotton, Chris Moyles and David Tennant, the concert will feature performances from some of the biggest recording artists in the world, including Coldplay, Elbow, JLS, Lady Gaga, Hugh Laurie, James Morrison, Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran.

The evening will also include some surprise guests and will show some of the appeal films of the work that BBC Children in Need carries out with disadvantaged children in the UK, as well as the spectacular billed line-up. There will also be some never-before seen collaborations in honour of the event from the M.E.N. Arena.

BBC Children in Need returns on Friday 16 November at 7pm on BBC One, with a rich offering of stellar entertainment acts, all appearing to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Terry Wogan will host the 28th Appeal Night, live from BBC Television Centre – which over seven hours will feature some of the UK’s top TV, musical and theatrical personalities and acts.

He will be joined by a series of guest presenters, including Fearne Cotton.

On hosting the 2007 BBC Children in Need Appeal Night, Terry said: “It is always a privilege and pleasure, the highest point of my year, to present BBC Children in Need.

“Last year was a record breaker and this year we are hoping the great British public will give us even more. We’ve certainly got a fantastic show line-up this year. I know I say that every year but this year really is special.”

Fearne added: “I’m really happy to be involved again with BBC Children in Need. So many fantastic performers are taking part this year and the atmosphere at BBC Television Centre will be electric.

“The live show is sure to keep the nation entertained, whilst also raising lots of money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK”.

Highlights on the night include:

The Spice Girls; Kylie; John Barrowman and Annie Lennox.

Exclusive BBC Children in Need themed scenes from Doctor Who and Hotel Babylon; plus a musical extravaganza from Albert Square with the cast of EastEnders.

Junior Dragon’s Den and a Never Mind The Buzzcocks special – as Radio 1 take on Radio 2.

Lee Mead with the cast of Joseph and a performance from the West End stars of Dirty Dancing.

Sugababes, McFly, Westlife.

Appeal messages from a host of celebrities, including Take That.

And, of course a 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.

Quirky regional fundraisers already planned, include young fire fighters in Swansea climbing ladders to the equivalent height of Mount Everest and the staff of Alton Towers holding a sleepover in a haunted castle.

This year the fundraising theme is 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 bbc.co.uk/pudsey.

Last year’s BBC Children in Need television broadcast raised over £18million pounds on the night and the 2006 total appeal eventually topped £33million.

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