Saturday, 20 November 2010


Since 1980 Children in Need, the British Charity appeal, offers each year great moments of television for a great cause. Presented by Sir Terry Wogan with Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton, BBC One's star-studded 2010 edition of "The Greatest fundraising show on Earth" had everything you can expect from CIN and more.

The Great British public and numerous personalities united to raise money for the important cause of children. Chris Evans joined window cleaner Paul Wright to clean the windows on One Canada Square, Britain's tallest building. The cast of Merlin showed their hilarious bloopers. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan invited two youngsters for a tea party in the TARDIS before revealing a teaser for the much awaited Doctor Who Christmas special.

Strictly Come Dancing went pop for a Children in Need special presented by Tess Daly, with judges Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Sir Terry Wogan and Pudsey. Soap fans were treated with a glorious crossover between EastEnders and Corrie - including a rendition of You're the one that I want by the great Shane Richie with Kym Marsh. As promised by Sir Terry (« A night when television history will be made »), this one-off summit meeting was one of the best segments of the evening.

The multi-talented John Barrowman presented a musical fundraiser show live from Glasgow. BBC female newsreaders and journalists delivered their annual special performance: this year a Lady Gaga musical number, with a little help of their male colleagues and choreographer Louie Spence. The "Dragons" of Dragon's Den tested their entrepreneurial spirit in the kitchen for Come Dine with the Dragons. And The Hairy Bikers gave us another highlight of the night when they sang Meat Loaf's classic A Bat Out Of Hell.

Cheryl Cole, the stars of Harry Potter, Kylie Minogue, JLS (performing Love You More, the official 2010 CIN single), Susan Boyle, Take That, ITV's Loose Women, John Owen-Jones (amazing Phantom of the Opera) and many others were there too. The awesome London Gay Men's Chorus Far from Kansas illuminated the night throughout the event.

See also: (Far from Kansas)!/johnowenjones

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