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Children in Need 2009

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Children in Need 2009
Presented byTerry Wogan
Tess Daly
Alesha Dixon
Narrated byAlan Dedicoat
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production locationBBC Television Centre
Camera setupMultiple
Running time180 mins (Part 1)
205 mins (Part 2)
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9
Original release20 November (2009-11-20) –
21 November 2009 (2009-11-21)
Preceded byChildren in Need 2008
Followed byChildren in Need 2010
Related showsAround the World in 80 Days (Children in Need 2009)
External links

Children in Need 2009 was a campaign held in the United Kingdom to raise money for Children in Need. It culminated in a live broadcast on BBC One which began on the evening of Friday 20 November and ran through to the morning of Saturday 21 November. The broadcast was hosted by Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Alesha Dixon. Alan Dedicoat read out the running totals and Peter André reported from the BT Tower. The show was broadcast from BBC Television Centre in London. Dancing Pudseys were projected on to the building. The 2009 event raised £20,309,747 by the end of the broadcast, slightly under the previous year's total of £20,991,216.

Television campaign


Artist performances

Cast performances


Title Brief Description Starring
Walk on the Wild Side A special version of the show. Standard cast
Merlin A special version of the show. Standard Cast
"All You Need Is Love" by Bandaged Together A group of celebrities perform a spoof version. It's a "cover" version, NOT a "spoof version".
Doctor Who A preview of the 2009 Christmas Special called "The End of Time", was shown during both parts of the telethon David Tennant
Casualty Mini episode featuring Pudsey as a patient Standard Cast
Dragons' Den A special episode saw the Dragons performing a makeover of a community centre The Dragons
Lark Rise to Candleford A mini episode featuring a guest performance by Terry Wogan was shown in both halves of the television broadcast Terry Wogan and Standard Cast
The Impressions Show A live sketch in which Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson impersonated Terry and Tess. Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Terry Wogan and Tess Daly
Agatha Christie's Poirot Mini-episode featuring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot hunting for a kidnapped Pudsey Bear David Suchet
Taggart and Rebus Joined forces for a one-off mini-episode Standard Casts

Celebrity Mastermind

During the break for the BBC News at Ten on BBC One, BBC Two broadcast a special edition of Mastermind with comedians Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Dave Spikey and Stephen K. Amos as contestants. Lucy Porter was the eventual winner, with a Celebrity Mastermind record score of 35 points.

Around the World in 80 Days

As a prequel to the main televised event, a weekly television series began airing on 13 October 2009, where various celebrities attempted to travel around the world in 80 days without using air travel.

Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall

Held on 12 November, Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall was an evening of live music in London's Royal Albert Hall, organised by Gary Barlow. The concert included sets by Sir Paul McCartney, Cheryl Cole, Katherine Jenkins, Julian Lloyd Webber, Leona Lewis, Robbie Williams, Lily Allen, MIKA, Dizzee Rascal, Muse, Dame Shirley Bassey, Snow Patrol and Take That, and was hosted by Chris Moyles.[2] The event raised over two million pounds for the campaign. The event climaxed with all the artists collaborating onstage to perform "Hey Jude", by The Beatles.


Pudsey Bear returned in the same style as has been seen since 2007. A new female character, Blush, was introduced. She is shyer than Pudsey, and wears a bow with the 2007 onwards Pudsey pattern.[3]

Pudsey Bear lights up the BT Tower

Pudsey appeared at the top of the BT Tower[4] in London on a giant 360 degree LED display.[5] Pudsey popped up every half-hour, (between 07.00 - midnight) on the 19 and 20 November.

Official single

Peter Kay co-ordinated the official single, following his work for Comic Relief. He worked with the cooperation of stars from some of the most popular children's television shows from around the world. The song is a mash-up of many pop songs throughout the years including; "Can You Feel It", "Don't Stop", "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)", "Tubthumping", "Never Forget", "Hey Jude" and "One Day Like This". The song reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart.

Other activities

As in previous years, the TV show Countryfile sold a calendar in aid of the appeal. In 2009, it raised £750,000.


The following are totals with the times they were announced on the televised show.

Date Time Total
20 November 2009 20:01 GMT £4,867,517
21:00 GMT £8,903,757
21:55 GMT £12,691,312
22:40 GMT £15,069,028
23:26 GMT £15,989,864
21 November 2009 00:04 GMT £16,839,024
01:04 GMT £18,845,469
01:56 GMT £20,309,747[6]

See also


  1. ^ BBC (20 November 2009). Children in Need 2009 (Television). London: BBC.
  2. ^ "Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall". BBC. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Who Is Blush?". BBC. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009.
  4. ^[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "BT's online donation platform set to reach £100 million milestone at BBC Children in Need".
  6. ^ "BBC Children in Need". BBC Online. Retrieved 21 November 2009.

External links

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