An exciting array of the biggest names in music and entertainment are coming together for the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal show extravaganza on Friday 14th November 2014. The glittering night will be live from the home of EastEnders, Albert Square, which will host big name guests, and show-stopping performances.
Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, and Nick Grimshaw will be joined by new host for BBC Children in Need, The Saturdays singer and presenter Rochelle Humes. The fantastic five welcome an array of stars as they join together to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
A stand out moment on the night will come from legendary cartoon characters Tom and Jerry who star in an exclusive cartoon made especially for BBC Children in Need, alongside the BBCs biggest faces and best loved shows as you’ve never seen them before. There’s a special treat in store in Walford, as some famous faces from EastEnders’ history will return to Albert Square in an exclusive sketch to be broadcast on the night, when one character is visited by some infamous ghosts from their past…
Headlining on the night is Gareth Malone and his All-Star Choir, starring amongst others Jo Brand, Mel Giedroyc and Craig Revel-Horwood performing the official BBC Children in Need single for the first time on television; One Direction; Cheryl; The Script – who will be performing in The Queen Vic – Susan Boyle and Boyzone.
This year event puts the children into Strictly, as Strictly Come Dancing hosts a special performance featuring the return of Sir Bruce Forsyth, alongside Tess Daly as hosts. Four talented young ballroom champions will be taking to the Strictly dance floor in teams alongside professional dancers, in a Strictly first, dancing head-to-head in a bid to win the Pudsey glitterball trophy.
There will also be performances from the West End’s hit musicals ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Made in Dagenham’, ‘Once’ and ‘Sunny Afternoon’. Plus the cast of EastEnders in a musical performance that will transform The Square. Also helping out Pudsey on the big night will be Doctor Who and Call the Midwife.
Back for its fourth year, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge will culminate live on the night, after following five young people – each supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects – on their journey across the country.
“It was my privilege to present the very first [TV] Children in Need in 1980 and over the years it has truly become the British Public’s charity. Their extraordinary generosity has meant that their donations of over £740 million have made a real difference to the lives of this country’s disadvantaged children and young people. It’s an honour and pleasure to be part of a great charity and I am looking forward to presenting an evening full of entertainment with the usual suspects, Tess, Fearne, Nick and our new host Rochelle.” – Sir Terry Wogan, BBC Children in Need Life President
More entertainment on the night will be revealed in due course by the beeb in the build up to the live telethon. BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,500 projects to a total grant value of over £110 million and its investments are held so that they can meet their commitments to those organisations as they fall due.