Children in Need 2011
|Children in Need 2011|
|Presented by||Terry Wogan|
|Narrated by||Alan Dedicoat|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Production location(s)||BBC Television Centre|
|Running time||395 minutes|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||18 November 2011|
|Preceded by||Children in Need 2010|
|Followed by||Children in Need 2012|
Children in Need 2011 was a campaign held in the United Kingdom to raise money for Children in Need. 2011 marked the 31st anniversary of the appeal which culminated in a live broadcast on BBC One which began on the evening of Friday 18 November and ran until the early hours of Saturday 19 November. The broadcast was hosted by Terry Wogan, with Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton as co-hosts. The show was broadcast from BBC Television Centre in London but also included regular regional opt-outs presented from various locations around the UK.
The telecast began at 19:30 GMT and ran for six and a half hours. As usual, the broadcast featured sketches and one-off episodes of British television shows, as well as musical performances from artists including JLS, One Direction and Susan Boyle. The Collective performed their version of the Massive Attack song Teardrop, which is being released as the official Children in Need single for 2011.
The final total of money raised was revealed at 02:00 GMT as £26,332,334, with the amount expected to rise over the following days. This exceeded the money raised after the 2010 telecast by almost £7 million.
- The BBC News presenters Emily Maitlis, Sophie Raworth, Susanna Reid and Sian Williams took part in a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing together with Angela Rippon (shown twice throughout the broadcast)
- Short Doctor Who sketch, followed by a preview of the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".
- The children from Outnumbered covered "(Theme from) The Monkees" (shown twice throughout the broadcast)
- The EastEnders cast performed a selection of Queen songs (shown twice throughout the broadcast)
- The Muppets song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" performed by presenters of various television shows, including Chatty Man, The Million Pound Drop and BBC Breakfast and many others (shown twice throughout the broadcast)
- Dragons' Den starring Lord Alan Sugar
- Russell Howard's Good News
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks presented by Katy Brand, with guests Harry Judd & Arlene Philips (Phill Jupitus's team); and Claire Richards & Shaun Williamson (Noel Fielding's team).
- Gok Wan sang and danced to a song from the musical Chicago
- Reeves & Mortimer starred in a special sketch for Children in Need
- One Direction - " What Makes You Beautiful" and "Gotta Be You"
- Ed Sheeran - "Lego House"
- Susan Boyle - "Enjoy the Silence"
- Olly Murs & Rizzle Kicks - "Heart Skips a Beat"
- JLS - "Do You Feel What I Feel?"
- The Saturdays - "My Heart Takes Over"
- Steps - Medley - "One for Sorrow", "Deeper Shade of Blue", "Tragedy"
- Adele - "Make You Feel My Love"
- Lady Gaga - "Born This Way","The Edge of Glory" and "Marry the Night"
- Will Young - "Come On"
- Caro Emerald - "A Night like This"
- Westlife - "You Raise Me Up"
- Matt Cardle - "Run for Your Life"
- Professor Green & Emeli Sandé - "Read All About It"
- Children in need Choir - Keep Holding On
- The Cast of West End production The Wizard of Oz - medley including "Over the Rainbow", "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" and "We're Off to See the Wizard"
- BBC Children in Need Choir, conducted by Gareth Malone, star of the television series The Choir, and featuring numerous children around the country performing "Keep Holding On" simultaneously
- The Cast of musical Rock of Ages performed with Shayne Ward and Justin Lee Collins
- The Cast of West End production Crazy for You
The primary event was held at BBC Television Centre in London, with the main telethon and the preceding One Show special being located within the studios and outside respectively. In addition to this, each BBC Nation and Region also held individual celebrations. These celebrations typically lasted until approximately 22.00 and featured their own schedule, however would have events similar to the main telethon. These regional events were televised in opt out segments of the main telethon in which the region provided some entertainment and update on fundraising in the region. Each region was based at the following locations:
- BBC Scotland - BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow
- BBC Cymru Wales - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
- BBC Northern Ireland - W5 museum, Belfast
- BBC London - Hyde Park, London
- BBC East - Charter Hall, Colchester
- BBC East Midlands - Loughborough University, Loughborough
- BBC Midlands - Aston Hall, Birmingham
- BBC North East and Cumbria - Beamish Museum, County Durham
- BBC North West - MediaCityUK, Salford
- BBC South - The National Motor Museum, Hampshire
- BBC South East - Bluewater, Kent
- BBC South West - Eden Project, Cornwall
- BBC West - Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare
- BBC Yorkshire - Pudsey, Leeds
- BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
These local events were hosted by members of the regional news service, usually either one of the main programme anchors, or other members of the team including sports and weather presenters.
- As in previous years, the television programme Countryfile sold a calendar that raised over £1 million.
- A special edition of The One Show directly preceded the telethon, in which presenter Matt Baker returned from his 500-mile rickshaw challenge in which he cycled from Edinburgh to BBC Television Centre, London. He arrived midway through the programme and described his journey. Through donations given to him personally and through text donations throughout the weeks One Show programmes, he raised over £1.2 million.
- A special version of the television programme DIY SOS: The Big Build saw the team, along with the local community, renovate a dilapidated youth centre in Norris Green, Liverpool. The programme raised a large amount of money through text donations during the programme.
- A special Children in Need edition of Mastermind was broadcast on 11 November 2011, a week before the telethon, featuring comedians Russell Kane, Jared Christmas, Imran Yusuf and Karen Taylor.
- The listeners of BBC Radio 2 raised over £2 million through a variety of fundraising events including the Auction for things money can't buy, in which listeners bid for experiences such as to be part of an air tattoo or a makeover by Gok Wan among other things, their Children in Need Jukebox, in which members of the public are able to choose which songs they want to hear in exchange for a donation, and through the individual acts of the presenters and DJ's themselves.
Pudsey and Blush bears
Spotty jam doughnut.
Children in Need Rocks Manchester
Take That singer and The X Factor judge Gary Barlow organised a free charity music concert, Children in Need Rocks Manchester. It was broadcast on 17 November 2011 on BBC One, BBC One HD and simulcast on BBC Radio 1 and was hosted by Fearne Cotton, Chris Moyles and David Tennant. Performers included Lady Gaga, JLS, Hugh Laurie, Jessie J, Coldplay, Snow Patrol and The Collective. The concert raised over £2,500,000 including from text donations during the programme.
The following are totals with the times they were announced on the televised show.
|18 November 2011||20:03 GMT||£4,364,411|
|19 November 2011||00:03 GMT||£22,207,844|
The reception from television critics about the telecast was mixed. Michael Deacon, writing for the Telegraph, said "It's a great cause. The only thing that matters is the amount of money raised for the young and needy. That's what you keep reminding yourself as you sit through hour after hour of televisual chaff." He went on to put "Is there a man, woman or child in the country...who wouldn’t donate good money in return for a guarantee that they wouldn’t have to watch any of the above ever again?" He called the cause "wonderful" but ended his review by writing "advice for the viewer...donate as large a sum as you can early on, and then feel guilt-free about switching off your TV."
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- BBC Cymru Wales, Wales Today, 18 November 2011
- Signage for location seen in background of BBC Northern Ireland programme Children in Need in Northern Ireland 2011, broadcast 19 November 2011
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- BBC East, Look East, 18 November 2011
- BBC East Midlands, East Midlands Today, 18 November 2011
- BBC West Midlands, Midlands Today, 18 November 2011
- BBC North East & Cumbria, Look North, 18 November 2011
- BBC North West, North West Tonight, 18 November 2011
- BBC South, South Today, 18 November 2011
- BBC South East, South East Today, 18 November 2011
- BBC South West, Spotlight, 18 November 2011
- BBC West, Points West, 18 November 2011
- BBC Yorkshire, Look North, 18 November 2011
- BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Look North, 18 November 2011
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