BBC’s Children In Need will take place this evening live on BBC One and BBC One HD..
The six hour-long television event sees Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton return to present a bumper evening of fund-raising fun, which sees a massive line-up of stars singing, dancing or acting plain daft in support of disadvantaged children across the UK.
The fun kicks off with the biggest boy band of the moment as One Direction get the party started. There is also a special Doctor Who episode made specially for Children in Need.
At 8pm Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant – arguably the worst performers Strictly has ever seen – return to the ballroom for an unforgettable dance-off in a special edition of SCD. At 8.30pm Pudsey Bear gets to dance with his new namesake – Pudsey the dog, the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2012.
Daybreak presenter and former chorister Aled Jones leads 2,500 children across the UK in a live performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water, and there is a second treat for fans of Doctor Who with a sneak preview of the Christmas special.
At 9pm – Girls Aloud, who have reunited on the occasion of their 10th anniversary, perform the official Children in Need single, Something New.
9.30pm, They are medal-winners in sport – now a host of Olympic and Paralympic stars, including Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Zara Phillips and Ellie Simmonds, aim to prove they are top of the pops in their own fun-filled music video..
10.35pm, Last year’s X Factor winners Little Mix, followed by a Top Gear special which sees the BBC newsreaders competing to see who is the fastest in a reasonably priced car.
11pm, Lee Mack stars in a Not Going Out CIN special, Leona Lewis performs live and there is a round-up of events around the UK.
11.30pm, The question that people have been asking since the Children in Need mascot first appeared in 1985 is finally answered, as Geri Halliwell and Misery Bear reveal what actually happened to Pudsey Bear’s eye.
12am, Music by Paloma Faith and Tim Minchin, ahead of the usual crop of highlights from the evening and the announcement of the final total for the night. Can it better last year’s on-the-night record of over £26m?
The programme begins at 7.30pm on BBC One, switches to BBC Two at 10pm, and concludes on BBC One from 10.35pm..