Text Santa

Text Santa
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Although it’s not been long since Britain raised an astonishing £31 million for BBC’s Children in Need, ITV is hoping we can find it in our hearts (and our piggybanks) to give a bit more to six deserving UK charities. It’s also the chance for Ant and Dec, Christine Bleakley, Paddy McGuinness, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to have some fun (you may remember Phillip revealing a surprisingly good pair of legs when he swapped clothes with Holly last year).

Having just returned from the Australian jungle, Ant and Dec plan to do a live head-to-head challenge as well as encouraging the nation to wear a Christmas hat for charity. There’s Corrie’s Fairytale of Weatherfield featuring Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, a festive sketch from Emmerdale and a performance of I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by the members of Big Reunion.

About this programme

The festive fundraising extravaganza returns for a third year, with the evening's presenting duos - Ant and Dec, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, and Paddy McGuinness and Christine Bleakley - joined by a host of celebrities to raise money for six deserving causes. The stars of Coronation Street perform Fairytale of Weatherfield, featuring Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, and characters from Emmerdale appear in a sketch with a Text Santa twist. There's also a one-off edition of Take Me Out featuring singletons all over the age of 50, and the Big Reunion bands - Blue, Atomic Kitten, 5ive, Honeyz, B*Witched, 911 and Liberty X - perform their charity single, a cover of Wizzard's hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, leading to a spectacular grand finale.

Cast and crew

Cast

Host
Anthony McPartlin
Host
Declan Donnelly
Host
Phillip Schofield
Host
Holly Willoughby
Host
Christine Bleakley
Host
Paddy McGuinness
Contributor
Shane MacGowan
Performer
Blue
Performer
Atomic Kitten
Performer
5ive
Performer
Honeyz
Performer
B*Witched
Performer
911
Performer
Liberty X

Crew

Series Producer
Sally Wood
Categories
Entertainment

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