Children in Need 2012: tonight’s TV line-up in full

From Doctor Who to Strictly, Top Gear to Tim Minchin, here's what to expect from the BBC charity extravaganza




7:00pm The One Show: Children in Need Special Ahead of tonight’s charity telethon, Matt Baker and Alex Jones are live at Television Centre to welcome Team Rickshaw to the finish line after their 400-mile journey. Plus, One Direction will be in the studio and the show’s reporters reveal some of the more unusual ways people have been raising money up and down the country.

7:30pm Children in Need Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, and Fearne Cotton present the marathon night of fun and fundraising, which begins with a performance by boy-band One Direction. Then there’s the first of two Children in Need Doctor Who exclusives: a prequel to this year’s Christmas Special written by Steven Moffat.

8:00pm Russell Grant and Ann Widdecombe join Anton Du Beke and Flavia Cacace for what promises to be a memorable Strictly Come Dancing charity dance-off.

8:30pm Next comes an exclusive trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special, which will give viewers their first look at the Doctor and his new companion. Then Aled Jones faces the daunting task of uniting thousands of children all over the UK to sing live in a mass nationwide choir. Plus Pudsey Bear will be dancing with his namesake – Pudsey the Dog from Britain’s Got Talent.

9:00pm Girls Aloud make their return to the stage with a live performance of the Children in Need single Something New.

9:30pm Zara Phillips, Tom Daley, Ellie Simmonds and a host of stars from Team GB strut their stuff in a fun-filled music video, before Susan Boyle and Girls Aloud perform in the studio


10:00pm Sarah Millican’s Television Programme The Geordie comedienne presents a Children in Need special of her comedy show, and there’s more music from One Direction.


10:35pm Children in Need X Factor winners Little Mix kick off BBC1’s second round of Children in Need with a performance. Then the Top Gear lads will entertain the BBC’s newsreaders, who’ll be facing off against one another to find out who’s the fastest in a reasonably-priced car.

11:00pm Not Going Out Lee Mack stars in a Children In Need special of the BBC sitcom, and Leona Lewis sings live. Plus there’s a look at Children in Need fundraising parties taking place all over Britain.

11:30pm Misery Bear and Geri Halliwell reveal what happened to Pudsey’s eye.

12 midnight Nick Grimshaw takes over hosting duties, and both Paloma Faith and Tim Minchin will be singing live. To finish there’ll be a look back at the evening’s highlights before the grand total of the night’s charity spectacular is revealed.

All timings from 8:00pm are approximate


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