12 Unforgettable Moments from Children in Need
Tonight marks the 35th year of the BBC’s Children in Need. Since 1980 the annual telethon has raised over £600 million for UK-based charities. It’s unbelievable to think the first show’s overall total was £1,000,587 and last year just under £50 million was raised.
The nation’s favourite entertainers will come together to create an evening of singing, dancing, comedy and above all, to raise awareness of our country’s children in need.
In preparation for tonight’s show, we gathered 12 of the most hilarious and memorable moments to get you in the mood for donating.
1. With almost 5 million views on YouTube, this rendition of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” is a classic moment in Children in Need history. Featuring stars like Tom Jones, David Bowie, Elton John, Boyzone and Lou Reed himself, the track was the UK number one for three weeks.
2. Years before they were strutting their stuff on the Strictly dance floor, Carol Kirkwood and Jeremy Vine were taking part in a performance of a very different nature. In 2002 the BBC’s newsreaders presented their version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, scarring children across the country for life.
3. In this 2005 clip, one of the world’s most treasured couples performed a romantic duet. Some of the words in that sentence might have been lies… Let’s just remember this was all for charity and try not to cringe too much.
4. Catherine Tate’s beloved chavvy schoolgirl character Lauren Cooper took on the residents of Albert Square in this sketch. Watch her defeat the feisty Peggy Mitchell with her famous line, “Am I bovvered”?
5. Doctor Who fans were treated to “Time Crash” in 2007. Following the heartbreak of saying goodbye to companion Martha, the doctor encounters some difficulties with the TARDIS only to find he’s not the only one trying to fix the problem.
6. The worlds of soap clashed in 2010 when East Street was born. Residents of Walford and Weatherfield enjoyed a life swap for this mini-episode which demonstrated the true rivalry of North vs. South.
7. The Muppets got involved with the fundraising in 2011, gathering an assortment of celebrities including Harry Hill and Davina McCall to sing along to their famous hit “Mahna Mahna”.
8. 2012 was the year of the London Olympics and the fever was still rife in November. Medal-winners from Team GB made fools of themselves all in the name of charity by dancing to “Do Your Thing”. Enjoy memorable moments such as Tom Daley taking his kit off and Andy Murray actually smiling!
9. Children in Need has a great tradition of showcasing the UK’s best theatrical talent with many West End productions performing medleys on the show. 2013 was no different with the incomparable cast of Matilda the Musical demonstrating how it’s done.
10. Harry Hill took on A-ha’s classic hit “Take On Me” in 2013. He recreated the iconic music video which won countless awards when originally released due to its experimental filming concept. Featuring Sinitta as Harry’s love interest and a large sausage (don’t ask, just watch).
11. Last year’s programme saw the long-awaited reunion of every 90s girl’s favourite pop septet. That’s S Club 7 if you haven’t figured it out. Whilst the performance was more flop than pop, it was still great to see them back together after more than 10 years apart.
12. In a nod to this evening’s programme, the list concludes with Jess Glynne’s official appeal song for this year. “Take Me Home” is a powerful ballad with a strong sense of vulnerability in its lyrics. Glynne will make her exclusive performance of the single tonight on the show.
Children in Need 2015 is broadcast tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One. To find out how you can donate to the appeal, click here.