Text Santa

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Text Santa
Text Santa.svg
The current Text Santa logo
Presented by Christine Bleakley
Phillip Schofield
Ant & Dec
Paddy McGuinness
Alesha Dixon
(See full list)
Opening theme "My Favourite Time of Year"
by The Florin Street Band
Composer(s) Leigh Haggerwood
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 65, 150 minutes (2011)
180 minutes (2012–13)
200 minutes (2014)
Production company(s) ITV Studios
Release
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9: 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 11 December 2011 (2011-12-11) – present
Chronology
Related shows From the Heart
This Morning
External links
Website

Text Santa is a charity initiative set up in 2011 by ITV to support UK charities during the Christmas period.[1] The appeal to the public is to donate money mainly via text donation and profits from merchandise.[2][3] The telethon is hosted by popular ITV presenting duos, these are: long time collaborators Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley as well as Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon. Each presenting duo hosts a segment of the show.[4][5]

In 2014, the appeal supported six UK-based charities; Alzheimer's Society, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Teenage Cancer Trust, Together for Short Lives and WellChild.[6]

Presenters[edit]

The current presenters are Phillip Schofield, Christine Bleakley, Ant & Dec, Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness.

Presenter Year
2011 2012 2013 2014
Phillip Schofield
Christine Bleakley
Ant & Dec
Paddy McGuinness
Alesha Dixon
Holly Willoughby

Charities[edit]

All of the money raised gets split between the charities supported by the appeal, these are:

2011 2012 2013 2014
Carers UK Barnardo's Alzheimer's Society
Crisis Anthony Nolan BeatBullying The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Help the Hospices Age UK Marie Curie Cancer Care
Samaritans Marie Curie Cancer Care British Heart Foundation Teenage Cancer Trust
WRVS Together for Short Lives CLIC Sargent Together for Short Lives
Great Ormond Street Hospital Whizz-Kidz Help the Hospices WellChild
The Noah's Ark Appeal N/A N/A N/A
Helping Hand
Yorkhill Children's Foundation

Fundraising[edit]

Totals[edit]

Event Final total
2011 £4,200,000
2012 £5,500,000
2013 £5,100,000[7]
2014 £6,200,000[8]

Merchandise[edit]

Merchandise including santa hats and greetings cards have been available to buy from the Text Santa website with all profits going to the charities.

Music[edit]

The Text Santa theme music was created by British composer Leigh Haggerwood of The Florin Street Band, who re-worked his Christmas song "My Favourite Time of Year" especially for the appeal, creating theme and background music along with various other original compositions. The song - with its sweeping string melodies and critically acclaimed Victorian-themed music video - has gained worldwide popularity and was recently performed by the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. Leigh Haggerwood is proud of the songs association with the Text Santa campaign and has pledged to support it each year.

Official singles[edit]

Year Artist(s) Song(s) Chart
2011 N/A N/A N/A
2012 N/A N/A N/A
2013 The 2013 cast of The Big Reunion "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" 21
2014 N/A N/A N/A

2011 appeal[edit]

The 2011 appeal aired in two parts. The launch show aired on 11 December 2011 and was hosted by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley. The main show aired on Christmas Eve (24 December 2011) with Ant & Dec and Holly Willoughby as presenters.

Show Date Time Slots Presenters
Launch Show Sunday 11 December 2011 21:30–22:35 Phillip Schofield
Christine Bleakley
Main Show Saturday 24 December 2011 19:30–21:00 Ant & Dec
21:00–22:00 Holly Willoughby

On 27 November 2011, at The Kia Oval Cricket Ground, thousands of people attempted a Guinness World Record for the largest Santa gathering. Stephen Mulhern and Diversity entertained the participants. However not enough people turned out for the record attempt of 13,200 Santas.

2012 appeal[edit]

The 2012 telethon aired live on 21 December 2012. The first hour of the telethon was hosted by Ant & Dec, the second by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and the third by Christine Bleakley and Paddy McGuinness, all from The London Studios.

Show Date Timeslots Presenters
Text Santa Starts Here
(launch show)
Friday 21 December 2012 18:55–19:00 Ant & Dec
Main show 20:00–21:00
21:00–22:00 Phillip Schofield
Holly Willoughby
22:00–23:00 Paddy McGuinness
Christine Bleakley
Text Santa: One More Time
(highlights show)
00:00–1:15 Ant & Dec
Phillip Schofield
Holly Willoughby
Paddy McGuinness
Christine Bleakley
Within other shows
  • A special edition of The Jeremy Kyle Show aired at 09:25 featuring people with many disabilities and talked about how the Text Santa charities helped them and their families get through their difficulties. Kyle treated these people with special trips and featured a guest appearance from Only Boys Aloud.
Events
  • On 2 December 2012, around 8,500 people took part in a 'Santa Dash' in Liverpool, attempting a Guinness World Record for the largest Santa gathering whilst raising money for Text Santa, however they didn't break the record of 13,200 santas.[14]
  • eBay auctions took place to raise money for Text Santa, items sold included This Morning's sofa which sold for £1,200 and a tour of the Daybreak studios in London which sold for £510.[18]

2013 appeal[edit]

The 2013 telethon aired live on 20 December 2013. The first hour of the telethon was hosted by Ant & Dec, the second by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and the third and final hour by Christine Bleakley and Paddy McGuinness, all broadcast live from The London Studios.[19]

Morrisons, Santander and Vodafone were Text Santa's official partners for the 2013 appeal.[20][21][22]

An official charity single by the cast of The Big Reunion, performing a cover of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" was released in December 2013 to raise money for Text Santa.[23]

Show Date Timeslots Presenters
Text Santa Starts Here
(launch show)
Friday 20 December 2013 18:55–19:00 Ant & Dec
Main show 20:00-21:00
21:00-22:00 Phillip Schofield
Holly Willoughby
22:00-23:05 Paddy McGuinness
Christine Bleakley
Highlights show 23:50-01:05 Ant & Dec
Phillip Schofield
Holly Willoughby
Paddy McGuinness
Christine Bleakley
Within other shows
  • 15p from each vote on the entertainment show Stepping Out, went to the Text Santa charities.
  • On 20 December, there was a Text Santa 'takeover' on ITV, with the some of the daytime programmes showing donation clips throughout the daytime schedule.
Events
  • On 5 December 2013, Text Santa broke the Guinness World Record for the largest number of pantomime horses in a race over 100 metres.
  • eBay auctions took place to raise money for Text Santa, items sold included Phillip Schofield's face made of chocolate.

2014 appeal[edit]

In May 2014 it was revealed that Text Santa would return for the fourth time in December 2014. The 2014 telethon was aired live on 19 December 2014, a couple of weeks after the launch show, hosted by Phillip Schofield.

The presenting line-up changed slightly, with Holly Willoughby off on maternity leave, Alesha Dixon joined co-host Paddy McGuinness for a segment of the show, whilst Phillip Schofield was reunited with his Dancing on Ice co-host Christine Bleakley. Ant & Dec returned to the show for the fourth time.

On 19 December, the part of Text Santa was hosted by Ant & Dec, the second by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, and the remainder of the show by Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon.[24] It was broadcast from The London Studios.

Show Date Timeslots Presenters
Phillip's Live 24 Hour TV Marathon
(launch show)
Monday 1 December 2014 11:00–23:59 Phillip Schofield
Tuesday 2 December 2014 00:00-11:00
Main show Friday 19 December 2014 20:00-21:20 Ant & Dec
21:20-22:15 Phillip Schofield
Christine Bleakley
22:15-23:20 Paddy McGuinness
Alesha Dixon
Highlights show 00:05-01:25 Ant & Dec
Phillip Schofield
Christine Bleakley
Paddy McGuinness
Alesha Dixon
Within other shows
Events

Phillip's Live 24 Hour TV Marathon[edit]

Phillip Schofield presented a live 24-hour long programme on ITV3 for Text Santa. It was broadcast on 1 December through to 2 December 2014 and recorded in Studio 3 at The London Studios.

Phillip's JustGiving page has raised £101,874.19 for the Text Santa charities.[27]

He also abseiled the tower at The London Studios for Text Santa.[28]

The 24 hour show has been nominated for a 2015 Broadcast Digital Award in the category of "Best Sports or Live Event Coverage".[29]

Running order

1 December 2014

2 December 2014

  • 00:00 – Phillip is joined by Davina McCall who have a midnight feast on the roof of Kent house.
  • 01:00 – Phillip is joined by the cast of Made in Chelsea and This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson, answers the dilemmas of some familiar faces.
  • 02:00 – Phillip is joined by a dream expect.
  • 05:00 – Phillip gets ready to appear on Good Morning Britain
  • 06:00-07:30 – Phillip joined the team on Good Morning Britain.
  • 07:30 – Phillip prepares to meet the Prime Minister David Cameron
  • 08:00 – Phillip interviewed David Cameron live from 10 Downing Street.
  • 08:30 – Phillip cooks breakfast for Lorraine Kelly and joins her on her show, Lorraine.
  • 10:00 – Phillip starts his rehearsals for This Morning programme.
  • 10:30 – Phillip goes live on This Morning, co-hosting with Amanda Holden.
  • 11:00 – TV marathon ends on ITV's This Morning programme.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "JustTextGiving to power ITV's Text Santa campaign". UK Fundraising. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ http://your.asda.com/2011/11/26/asda-text-santa-hats
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  5. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/pressreleases/programmepressreleases/textsanta2012/default.html
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  7. ^ "Text Santa - The time of year to help those near". Text Santa. 
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  10. ^ "The Chase". 
  11. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/celebrityjuice/ep15week51/default.html
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  13. ^ "Text Santa: CITV Special". 
  14. ^ "Thousands turn out for Liverpool Santa dash". ITV News. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  15. ^ The Biggest Bag Pack Ever! - ASDA and Text Santa - ITV
  16. ^ "Official Ruth Langsford". Official Ruth Langsford. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Official Eamonn Holmes
  18. ^ "Text Santa: Bidding for TV history". ITV News. 
  19. ^ "ITV’s star line-up for bigger and better Text Santa". itv.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "Morrisons, Santander and Vodafone pledge to Text Santa on ITV". itv.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Text Santa will return for its third year this Christmas 2013". itv.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "'Text Santa' will return to ITV for third series". Digital Spy. 
  23. ^ "ITV2's 'The Big Reunion' cast record Christmas charity single". Digital Spy. 
  24. ^ "Alesha Dixon joins this year's Text Santa as a presenter". Digital Spy. 
  25. ^ "Text Santa Tipping Point special". itv.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  26. ^ "Downton Abbey Text Santa special (full video)". itv.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  27. ^ Eames, Tom. "Phillip Schofield to attempt 24-hour TV broadcast for Text Santa". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  28. ^ "Phillip Schofield abseils down ITV Tower for Text Santa challenge". Digital Spy. 
  29. ^ http://www.broadcastdigitalawards.co.uk/shortlist
  30. ^ "Phillip Schofield starts 24-hour live television broadcast for Text Santa". Digital Spy. 

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