The annual charity event is already near with all skits, songs, sketches and celebrities who have come to support BBC One’s huge extravaganza. This will be the first edition of the annual show since Terry Wogan’s (host) death earlier this year but the stars still hope to raise as much money in his honour. There’s definitely so much of surprises and a lot to be excited for this year’s show.
Here are the lists of the things you need to know:
- When is Children in Need 2016 and who’s hosting?
The event will take place on November 18, 2016 starting off at 7pm on BBC One. It will be hosted by Graham Norton as he looks to continue the legacy of Terry Wogan.
- What is this year’s Children in Need single?Last year, Jess Glynne was the star as she performed her Top 10 charting single Take Me Home. This year, Craig David will continue performing the Children in Need single. He is set to release a ballad entitled All We Needed which is taken from his new album Following My Intuition.
- What can we expect from the show?
Aside from the stars mentioned above, Peter Andre, Alex Jones and Frankie Bridge will be there alongside with Greg James, Ade Adepitan, Tess Daly, Rochell Humes and Marvin Hames as the presenters. Moreover, Ricky Gervais and Little Mix will also be there to perform some songs.
The fans of Doctor Who should keep their eyes on as an exclusive Christmas special preview for The Return of Doctor Mysterio, while Eddie Redmayne will appear in a skit.
Also, Rob Brydon, Lee Mack, David Mitchell and a group of kids will perform an edition of Would I Lie To You.
- Who were BBC Children In Need half a century ago?
Their first ever broadcast appeal for children was a 5-minute radio broadcast on Christmas day of 1927. It was so memorable that it raised £1,143 which was divided to four prominent children charities.
On 1955, it was the first television appeal for ‘Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal’ which was presented by Scooty and Harry Corbett. It continued on TV and Radio until 1979 which raised to a total of £625,836 funds.
In 1980, the appeal was broadcasted on BBC One in a telethon format hosted by Terry with Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen. This captured the public’s attention to the extent that donations increased and broke the million mark for the very first time in its history.
Some of the presenters was Terry Hall, Eamonn Andrews, Leslie Crowther, Michael Aspel and Terry Wogan who was the rising star of the Radio 2 Breakfast show. He made his debut appearance in 1978.
Terry Wogan remained the mainstay for the charity until 2014 and joined a diverse line-up which included Joanna Lumley, Sue Cook, John Craaven, Andi Peters, Gaby Roslin, Natasha Kaplinsky, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton
- Who is Pudsey Bear?
Pudsey Bear made his debut on television in 1985 when Terry introduced a new, brown, cuddly mascot to the audience.
The bear was designed by Joanna Ball, a BBC graphics designer. She named the bear after the West Yorkshire town where she was born. It became very popular and returned as BBC Children in Need’s face and logo. It was improved and designed as a yellow bear with a spotted bandage.
Two decades after, Pudsey received more letters, drawings and emails from the young ones all over the UK, and became one of the favourite mascots for children and photographed with so many celebrities.
Pudsey still remains the same up until this very moment. But in 2007, a new look was given to Pudsey with variant colours for the 28th annual BBC Children In Need Appeal.
Children In Need’s appeal
So far, they have raised over £800 million. This has been possible with the continuous support, generous donations and held extravagant fundraising events to help children.
Their appeal is every November, and invite everyone to be involved and help make a difference to the young lives.
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