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Children in Need Christmas Special Prequel

Appeal Night line-up announced


We’re very excited here at Pudsey HQ, because we’re finally able to share with you the amazing line-up of stars that will be appearing on the 2012 BBC Children in Need Appeal Night on Friday 16 November – three weeks from today!

Sir Terry Wogan will be joined by Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly plus Nick Grimshaw to host a bigger than ever, spectacular night of musical entertainment, sketches, special features, glitz, glamour and guest appearances.
Fearne Cotton, Terry Wogan and Tess Daly Fearne Cotton, Sir Terry Wogan and Tess Daly

The star-studded evening of entertainment will feature music performances from One Direction (who kick off the programme) plus Little Mix, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, The Script, Paloma Faith, Il Divo and Tim Minchin. Pop superstars Girls Aloud will also reunite live in the studio for the exclusive first TV performance of their much anticipated official BBC Children in Need 2012 single entitled ‘Something New’.

Britain’s Got Talent 2012 winner Pudsey the dog will finally meet his namesake BBC Children in Need’s own Pudsey Bear for an exclusive dance performance extravaganza.

Around twenty of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes including Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Louis Smith, David Weir, Nicola Adams and Ellie Simmonds will switch their trainers for dancing shoes for their very own music video set to Basement Jaxx’s ‘Do Your Thing’ – including a special section featuring Zara Phillips and her 3 Day Eventing teammates dancing ‘Gangnam Style’.

Strictly Come Dancing viewers’ favourites Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant will return to the dance floor on a wing and a prayer for an unmissable performance with their partners Anton Du Beke and Flavia Cacace.

Doctor Who featuring Matt Smith will also bring viewers an extra special ‘prequel’ to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for BBC Children in Need, including a world exclusive of the Doctor’s new companion. There will also be exclusive previews from the Doctor Who and Call the Midwife Christmas specials.

The BBC Newsreaders Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth and Bill Turnbull will be pitting their driving skills against each other in a special edition of Top Gear’s ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’. A host of comedy specials will also feature including an exclusive episode of Not Going Out with Lee Mack featuring a cameo appearance from Sir Terry Wogan himself.

The action will spread across the country, as presenter and former chorister Aled Jones leads The Choir which once more unites children across the UK’s nations and regions and leads a 2,500 strong chorus of young singers in an unforgettable performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.

Viewers will also get a rare treat as Pop princess Kylie Minogue performs re-workings of some of her classic hits accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, filmed at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park earlier this summer. Also EastEnder Shona McGarty (who plays Whitney) will be singing an extra special number.

The evening will feature films highlighting some of the vital work the charity is doing to change the lives of children throughout the UK. Fearne Cotton will introduce an appeal film on bullying and Robbie Williams will help tell the moving story of a family supported by BBC Children in Need through a time of grief. Olympian Tom Daley will front a film about a teenage hero who has been helped by BBC Children In Need and EastEnders actress Nina Wadia (who plays Zainab) meets a little boy whose life has been transformed by BBC Children in Need’s “Friendship Project”.

Totaliser updates will be dotted throughout the night to keep viewers up to date with the total amount raised.

Sir Terry Wogan, BBC Children in Need Life President, says: “BBC Children in Need as ever is graced by the presence of lovely ladies Tess and Fearne, and this year I’ll be delighted to welcome Radio 1’s morning star, Nick Grimshaw, to prop me up as the Friday appeal stretches into Saturday, and we head for what we hope will be another record-breaking total for the people’s charity. Every year of BBC Children in Need is a shining tribute to the extraordinary generosity of the British people.”

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    November 16th, 2012 - 6:48pm


  • the man from outer space

    November 11th, 2012 - 7:51am

    i’m so watching this.


    November 10th, 2012 - 5:43pm

    Where is the best place to buy Doctor Who series 6 pls write back 🙂

    • jaketorwho

      November 10th, 2012 - 10:51pm

      Hmv have the boxsets on sale at the moment, I recently got series 5 and 6 bluray for pretty cheap, so the DVDs might be cheaper.


      November 16th, 2012 - 6:47pm



    November 10th, 2012 - 5:41pm

    OMG I cannot wait xxxxxx

  • crazy guy

    November 9th, 2012 - 8:10pm

    this should be good we get a prequel, a mini clip and a preview

  • Harold Saxon

    November 6th, 2012 - 9:06pm

    i like prequels,looking forward to this,excited now.

  • jacondanjake

    November 4th, 2012 - 5:31pm

    Well, since I’m American, I’ve got my whole Saturday 17 November planned out. I’ll be searching for this prequel on Youtube.

  • TheDoctorwhonut123

    November 3rd, 2012 - 5:24pm

    i can’t wait for the night

  • Anonymous

    November 1st, 2012 - 10:24pm

    can’t wait!!!!

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    October 30th, 2012 - 2:53pm

    Will “Tooty Fruity what a booty” be having another dance this year ?

    That was the only part I watched last year.

  • mohammed

    October 28th, 2012 - 4:49pm

    i cant wait its going to be amnazing

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    October 28th, 2012 - 10:48am

    Awesome news !

    I will have to see it.

  • Mr Evil Fez

    October 27th, 2012 - 5:18pm

    I printed off the Doctor Pudseys!

  • That Cherub over there

    October 27th, 2012 - 1:22pm

    This is excellent news! I really can’t wait to see this prequel. It’ll help fill the gap as we wait for this year’s Special. 😀

    And I assume the sneak peek will be a trailer. If so, I really, really hope it’s like the one for A Christmas Carol. A brilliant trailer for a brilliant episode! 😀

  • Boodleoo

    October 27th, 2012 - 11:45am

    Can’t access the badges booboo.

  • Doctor Stu

    October 26th, 2012 - 7:33pm

    Yay not only will we see an exclusive prequel but well also see a trailer! I love children in need as it is nice to see celebrities coming together to help raise money. Also I’m a celebrity get me out of here starts in November, how cool would it be to see Matt Smith in the jungle

    • AndZa09

      October 27th, 2012 - 12:43pm

      Arrrr yes good old trailers i was hoping for a trailer in the style of mini horror movie

  • Anonymous

    October 26th, 2012 - 6:56pm

    why don’t the mini episodes ever feture monsters?

  • DarkKnightDalek

    October 26th, 2012 - 6:10pm


    i hope it’s a long one.


    October 26th, 2012 - 5:36pm

    i hope its a clip. not a trailer . it used to be a clip!

  • timelordboy

    October 26th, 2012 - 5:16pm

    YYYYEEEEEAAAA!!!!! i cant wait it will be epic

  • timelordboy

    October 26th, 2012 - 5:16pm

    YYYEEEAAA!!!! i cant wait

  • Mr Evil Fez

    October 26th, 2012 - 5:16pm

    Just what I thought would happen! 😀 Good that we see more of the new companion. Also Zara Phillips and Gangnam Style is a intresting match! 😆

    • Mr Evil Fez

      October 26th, 2012 - 5:18pm

      * interesting 😳

    • AndZa09

      October 27th, 2012 - 12:44pm

      Very amazing!


      November 10th, 2012 - 5:44pm

      cool name x

    • Mr Evil Fez

      November 12th, 2012 - 7:25pm


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