Tonight BBC One takes viewers to the Royal Albert Hall for a special fundraising concert in memory of the late broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan.
Take That, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs, Gregory Porter, Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Rick Astley, Beverley Knight, Alexander Armstrong, The Vamps, Ward Thomas and Shaun Escoffery are just some of the pop royalty taking the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in this 90-minute special.
Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Greg James, the concert entitled BBC Children in Need Rocks For Terry, honours the charity’s Life President and legendary broadcaster, Sir Terry Wogan who died earlier this year.
The production will feature a combination of songs that Sir Terry loved or had a connection with, as well as archive material of his long career and appeal films about where BBC Children in Need money is hard at work, changing the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.
Terry on the 2014 Children in Need, the final telethon he would present.
The BBC’s first broadcast charity appeal took place in 1927, with the Children In Need fund-raising airing on radio until 1955 when Christmas appeals aired on BBC TV until 1979. The format was revamped from hour-long specials airing during the festive season into the November aired telethon in 1980, with Terry Wogan, Esther Rantzen and Sue Lawley presenting the first outing. While co-hosts have changed over the decades Wogan had always been involved with the yearly television event ever since. He first became involved with Children In Need in 1978 when he presented an appeal film.
This year’s telethon takes place on Friday November 18th from 7pm on BBC One with Tess Daly and Greg James opening the show with sketches, performances and treats from some of the nation’s most loved stars. Highlights include a children’s special from the Would I Lie To You team, a spectacular performance from the cast of EastEnders, the Strictly Come Dancing Children In Need Special – which this year features stars of Team GB and the performance of the annual charity single. Graham Norton and Ade Adepitan present the central part of the night with Marvin and Rochelle Humes closing the show and revealing the final total just before 2am.
BBC Children In Need Rocks for Terry airs tonight, November 14th, from 8.30pm on BBC One.
The 2016 telethon will be the first time Terry Wogan hasn’t featured in any new material, the 2015 night featured Sir Tel in a pre-recorded Star Wars sequence, however he didn’t present live for the first time since the yearly event began. Terry died on January 31st aged 77.