Monday 19 February 2018

Children In Need charity spectacular honours Sir Terry Wogan

Presenters Greg James and Tess Daly with the first totaliser on BBC Children in Need
Presenters Greg James and Tess Daly with the first totaliser on BBC Children in Need

Sir Terry Wogan was honoured during the Children In Need live Appeal Show on Friday, the first telethon for the charity since his death.

His son Mark gave out the very first Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award, a new prize recently introduced in his memory.

The veteran broadcaster hosted the annual BBC charity event for 35 years until 2015 when poor health forced him to pull out. He passed away in January after a battle with cancer.

Mark told the audience: "It was his favourite night of the year, mainly because the money raised tonight and through the year actually made a difference to people, that's why he loved it."

He shared his thanks for tributes he and his family received following Sir Terry's death.

Of the award, Mark said: "It is about people who have gone above and beyond for charity, who have raised not necessarily enormous amounts, but who showed determination and creativity and people who inspire other people to do great things."

The first recipient of the prize was Lauchlan Muir from West Lothian, Scotland, a youngster who raises money by acting as a human statue.

Mark said: "Dad always said Children In Need was the thing he was most proud of in his entire career. He said he was just one player in a massive team and that you at home were the real stars.

"It was always about helping the children for him."

Sir Terry was a prominent part of the live broadcast, and presenters Tess Daly and Greg James kicked off the show with a promise to "give everything" in return for his years of service.

Graham Norton and Ade Adepitan later took over the hosting reins and showed a montage of Sir Terry's best Children In Need moments, including clips of him performing with Madonna and showing some moves on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor.

The hosts announced the sum of money raised during the show around the half-way point to be at £29,519,665. The charity looks set to smash last year's total of just over £37 million.

The annual show is famous for its many celebrity appearances, performances and comedy skits in order to encourage the nation to raise money for the charity.

Eddie Redmayne joined forces with The Great British Bake Off's stars Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Singer Britney Spears, astronaut Tim Peake, The X Factor's Simon Cowell, actor Jamie Dornan, business mogul Lord Sugar and Paralympic athlete Jonnie Peacock were among the many other personalities in the 10-minute sketch.

The Bake Off stars poked fun at the cooking show's move from the BBC to Channel 4.

The night also included a Strictly Team GB Children In Need special, which was won by taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad.

He fended off competition from gold medal-winning rower Helen Glover MBE, hockey star Hollie Webb and slalom canoeist Joe Clarke.

The cast of EastEnders united for a toe-tapping performance during the live appeal show, in honour of classic movies from the 1980s.

Danny Dyer, who plays Mick Carter on the BBC soap, got the ball rolling as he starred as Tom Cruise in Top Gun on a motorbike, cruising through the streets of London.

Bonnie Langford traded her role of Carmel Kazemi to take on classic big-screen dance hit Flashdance.

Shona McGarty and Danny-Boy Hatchard, who play on-screen couple Whitney Dean and Lee Carter, impressed viewers with a routine from Dirty Dancing.

The actors danced to the film's song (I've Had) The Time Of My Life and attempted the lift made famous by the film's stars Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

Richard Blackwood - EastEnders' Vincent Hubbard - showed off his moves as he danced to Kenny Loggins's Footloose at the end of the performance.

Children In Need viewers were also treated to a glimpse of the Doctor Who Christmas special, with a clip starring Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas.

Capaldi's Time Lord came face-to-face with a real superhero, played by Canadian actor Justin Chatwin.

Craig David performed his official Children In Need charity single All We Needed for the first time as the programme continued later into the night.

The live TV spectacular switched to BBC Two from BBC One for a short while, and was fronted by husband and wife team Marvin and Rochelle Humes.

They introduced musical performances from Take That, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs, Shane Ritchie and Tony Hadley, as well as Michael Buble, who had pre-recorded his effort.

Back on BBC One, Little Mix shook up the stage with an energetic rendition of their number one hit single Shout Out To My Ex.

Ricky Gervais later sang in-character as his Life On The Road and The Office alter-ego, David Brent.

A Would I Lie To You? special with children as the panellists provided some comedy entertainment early on in the evening, after the show was opened by with a live performance from the West End cast of the Disney Aladdin musical.

Children In Need aims to protect every child in the UK and currently supports 2,400 projects across the nation.

Since its creation in 1980, the charity has raised over £600 million.

This year's live telethon effort will attempt to raise enough money to beat last year's record-breaking total of just over £37 million donated during the broadcast.

Press Association

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