What’s on TV’s top telly picks for this year’s Children in Need TV extravaganza
With an action-packed line-up of TV specials and star-studded sketches on offer hopefully donations will roll in for Children in Need 2017 making it the most successful since the charity’s first TV appeal in 1955!
Last year Children in Need raised an eye wateringly impressive £46.6 million in a single night to help disadvantaged children in the UK. Can this year’s special charity night match last year’s phenomenal fundraiser?
Celebrity hosts including Mel Giedroyc, Graham Norton, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle Humes and charity mascot Pudsey the bear, certainly hope so as they keep the charity party going on BBC1 on Friday 17th November.
Here are the main Children in Need TV specials to look out for including EastEnders singing West End hits
Strictly Blue Peter
Popular Blue Peter presenters from the past 60 years swap Blue Peter badges for a bit of ballroom blitz! Mark Curry, Diane-Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent, Konnie Huq and Radzi Chinyanganya are put through their paces when they join forces with Strictly’s professional dancers in a bid to win the Pudsey Glitterball Trophy. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present.
Superstars including Rita Ora and The Vamps are singing in the studio, while Strictly’s Craig Revel Harwood heads up the cast of Annie from the West End. Other special performances include Beverley Knight from The Bodyguard, Cassidy Janson from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Amber Riley from Dreamgirls. While over 1500 kids across ten different UK locations sing together live for Pudsey as the Children’s Choir!
Doctor Who’s big reveal
Doctor Who gives Children in Need an exclusive first look at its top-secret Christmas special... will there be a sighing of new Time Lord Jodie Whittaker?
East End meets West End
EastEnders stars including Shona McGarty, Lee Ryan, Dean Gaffney, Richard Blackwood, Emma Barton and Lorraine Stanley have a singsong in Albert Square, performing classic West End musical tunes. Someone tune up the old Joanna…
Eyeballing Anne for charity
Seven brave celebrities face Anne Robinson in a special episode of The Weakest Link. £15, 000 is up for grabs but six of the stars will leave with nothing – which should raise a smile from queen of mean, Anne…
In the name of Terry
The friendly face of Children in Need since 1980, Terry Wogan may be gone but he’s certainly not forgotten. Joanna Lumley presents the Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year award to an exceptional Children in Need supporter…
Keeping it Countryfile
Countryfile’s presenters kick up their heels in cowboy boots for an unmissable studio performance. It should be welly good!
Children in Need’s live telethon is on BBC1, 17 November, from 7.30pm until 10pm
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