Children in Need

Children in Need 2012

Children in Need 2012



Although the nation was struggling with an economically tough time, a record £26 million was raised by last year’s Children in Need. It’s a remarkable achievement, especially as most of it came from the public, sponsored for all sorts of things – from wearing savage haircuts and spotty costumes to pants outside their trousers.

Make sure you pledge some money while enjoying Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog dancing with his namesake and around 20 of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes, starring in a music video that includes

Zara Phillips and her three-day event team-mates dancing Gangnam Style. Wonder what they’ll make of that at the Palace. Music comes from Kylie Minogue, the Script, Girls Aloud and One Direction, while Strictly’s Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant appear on – and above – the dance floor. Plus a glimpse of the Time Lord with his new companion.


Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton return to present another 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 (and no, that doesn't mean Union J) as One Direction get the party started. There is also a special Doctor Who episode made specially for Children in Need. 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. 8.05pm Gethin Jones gets things started in Wales, at Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff. 8.30pm Pudsey Bear gets to dance with his new namesake - Pudsey the dog, the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2012. TV 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. 8.40pm An update from Cardiff, including stories of how Children in Need money helps make a difference around the country. 9pm They are back! Girls Aloud have reunited on the occasion of their 10th anniversary, and now they perform the official Children in Need single, Something New. 9.10pm Gethin Jones presents more fundraising fun from Hoddinott Hall. 9.30pm They are winners in athletics - 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.