Text Santa to feature George Clooney, Carey Mulligan and Simon Cowell

The Corrie cast, Olly Murs and a celebrity choir featuring Katie Price will also take part in the three-hour charity fundraiser on 19 December

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George Clooney, Carey Mulligan, Simon Cowell and the Corrie cast will feature in ITV’s Text Santa charity appeal next Friday on 19 December.

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Clooney will the main draw of the night as he stars in one-off mini episode of Downton Abbey as a foreign wedding guest. Mr Selfridge star, Jeremy Piven, will also join the cast for the sketch.

Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield, Christine Bleakley, Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness will be presenting the evening’s entertainment.

Meanwhile X Factor mogul Simon Cowell, The Great Gatsby’s Carey Mulligan, and Vera’s Brenda Blethyn will also take part, along with the cast of Coronation Street.

There’ll be some celebrity singing from Katie Price, Jenny Eclair, Kerry Katona, Pat Sharp, David Van Day and I’m a Celebrity alumni Helen Flanagan, who will form a choir for the evening. 

Olly Murs will do some (hopefully) less amateur singing, and this year’s X Factor winner will also show us what they’ve got. 

Also in the three-hour fundraiser are special episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway, The Cube and Birds Of A Feather, starring Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph.

Viewers will also see the full story of Phillip Schofield’s 24-hours on TV during which with the 52-year old presented Loose Women, the weather and the news, abseiled down the side of ITV’s London HQ, walked across glass, appeared on Good Morning Britain, hosted an I’m A Celebrity curry party with former campmates – and did the morning interview the Prime Minister in Downing Street’s Cabinet Room.  All this while introducing shows across the ITV network.

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ITV’s charity appeal, now in its fourth year, raises awareness and money for six UK-based charities. This year’s chosen charities are Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives.