BBC Children in Need 2014 – Live on BBC One from 7.30pm

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BBC Children in Need 2014 takes place this evening, live on BBC One and BBC Two.

Terry Wogan and Tess Daly kick off another bumper evening of fundraising fun, which sees a massive line-up of stars singing, dancing or acting plain daft in support of disadvantaged children across the UK.

The cast of West End hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gets the party started before the action moves to Albert Square for a musical performance by the EastEnders stars.

There’s also a treat for Doctor Who fans with an exclusive clip.

From 8pm, Bruce Forsyth is reunited with Tess Daly to host a junior version of Strictly Come Dancing, and the Children’s Choir sees 2,000 young voices singing in unison across the nation.

At 8.30pm, One Direction make their first appearance of the evening, and in what promises to be one of the event’s most memorable sketches, Ian Beale is haunted by the jangling of Pat Butcher’s earrings and Cindy’s sharp tongue as they and a couple of other dead relatives come back to haunt him.

Fearne Cotton joins the presenting team at 9pm, as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini performs – will it be a yes for her? – and Gareth Malone leads his All Star Choir through Wake Me Up, the official Children in Need single.

9.30pm sees Cat-and-mouse cartoon legends Tom and Jerry return in a one-off special alongside some of the BBC’s biggest stars, and just before the news, Susan Boyle performs.

The fundraising switches to BBC Two at 10pm to make way for the BBC News at Ten on BBC One, where Shane Richie is joined by a host of stars live from the Queen Vic.

At 10.35pm on BBC One, Terry Wogan is joined by Rochelle Humes to continue the fundraising marathon, featuring the long-awaited reunion of pop sensations S Club 7 with a medley of their greatest hits.

There’s also an appearance from the cast of Call the Midwife – although it remains to be seen what they’ll be delivering tonight – and a performance from Cirque du Soleil, who bring their amazing acrobatics to Albert Square.

At 11pm, Hollywood star Gemma Arterton leads the cast of West End musical Made in Dagenham as they reprise a song from the show.

From 11.30pm, Nick Grimshaw joins Sir Terry on co-hosting duty, and at 12am Ronan Keating appears with the cast of hit musical Once.

12.30am sees Boyzone and S Club 7 return for a bit of vocal fun and the stars of Sunny Afternoon – a stage show telling the story of 1960s band the Kinks – bring things to a rousing climax.

Before the team winds down for the night, there’ll also be the usual highlights from the evening, and the announcement of the final total. Last year a record £31,124,896 was raised – can that figure possibly be bettered?

It all starts at 7.30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD

Updated on Friday 14 November 2014 by @TVNewsroom