Doctors Past and Present Unite for The Big Night In
Doctors past and present from Doctor Who have rallied together to support the nation’s real-life heroes during The Big Night In, taking place on BBC One this Thursday from 7pm. Actors Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker and Jo Martin (the Fugitive Doctor) have recorded a thank you for the NHS and all front line workers shortly before the weekly Clap For Carers at 8pm.
The Big Night In will celebrate the acts of kindness, humour and the spirit of hope and resilience that is keeping the nation going during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic with a special night of programming for BBC One. This is the first time the BBC’s biggest charitable partners, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, have come together and the aim of the evening is to celebrate and reward those going the extra mile to support their communities in these troubled times.
The Big Night In will be on BBC One on Thursday 23rd April, 7 -10pm.
About The Big Night In
The presenting line-up for The Big Night In is: Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall and Paddy McGuinness who will be hosting the show live on Thursday 23rd April, 7 –10pmon BBC One.Celebrities already confirmed to be taking part on the night, from the safety of their homes, are Little Britain, Peter Kay, Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Gary Barlow, People Just Do Nothing, Peter Kay’s Amarillo and The Vicar of Dibley. The star-studded show will feature musical acts, money can’t buy prizes, comedy sketches and lots more surprises on the night. Strictly Come Dancing’s professiona ldancers have set the #keepdancingchallenge, they have created a dance routine that they want the great British public to learn ahead of The Big Night In. Each dancer has choreographed ten seconds of the routine, all set to Dua Lipa’s Physical, and they want people to get learning the dance and filming themselves doing it. These videos can be submitted to The Big Night In on social media and a supercut of the best moments will get shown on the night.
The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced last Wednesday at the government’s daily press briefing that the UK Treasury would match pound for pound any contributions the public decide they are able to make.Viewers will have the opportunity to donate, should they feel able to do so, to help support vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK who will be significantly impacted by the crisis.Funds raised on the night will be split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to local charities, projects and programmes across the UK to help those most in need.
This funding will not only provide vital emergency support to ensure vulnerable people of all ages are safe, warm and fed, but will also ensure that they are able to continue to learn, and stay connected in order to combat isolation and loneliness.The Big Night In was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller BBC Entertainment Commissioning for BBC One. The commissioner for the BBC is Katie Taylor. Peter Davey and Colin Hopkins are the Executive Producers for BBC Studios Entertainment.The show will be broadcast live in a new way and will follow all current government protocol around health and safety and social distancing.