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top five Children in Need moments

By Bethan Walker | 16 November 2012


It’s Children in Need tonight or, as it’s known by our friends in Wales, it’s Plant Mewn Angen tonight! Going strong since 1980, Children in Need has raised over £600million in its 32 years. Impressive stuff.

All the money raised by the BBC charity is distributed to organisations supporting disadvantaged children aged 18 and under in the UK.

To get us in the mood, we’ve collated the top five Children in Need moments to pleasantly grace our screens over the years.

1. Oh it’s such a perfect day (1997)

Who doesn’t remember David Bowie, Elton John, Boyzone, and Heather Small et al coming together for a rendition of Lou Reed’s single Perfect Day. The official 1997 Children in Need single raised £2,125,000, was a number one in the UK charts for three weeks and has sold 1.55 million copies to date. Wowsers. All together now: “It’s such a perfect day… [cue soprano singing] I’m glad I spend it with you.”

2. Simon Cowell gets sawn in half (2003)

Probably enjoying the experience a bit too much, in 2003, Simon Cowell’s fellow Pop Idol judges, Pete Waterman and Nicki Chapman appeared to saw Simon Cowell in half. Don’t worry, they made sure they put him back together again and no lasting damage has been reported…

3. Katie and Peter’s rendition of A Whole New World (2005)

In 2005, Katie Price and Peter Andre sang their vision of Disney classic A Whole New World. Take a look here. We’re not sure much more needs to be said on the matter.

4. Dr Who… meet Dr Who (2007)

In 2007, then Time Lord David Tennant collided with former Dr Who Peter Davidson in a one-off Dr Who special. Fans, apparently, were not disappointed. Our favourite line? “Wibbley wobbly, timey wimey,” of course. Take a look here.

5. Terry Wogan’s floral dance (1995)

Didn’t think Terry Wogan could dance? Rap? Style out a bomber jacket? Well clap your eyes on this clip from Children in Need 1995. In 1978, Terry had a UK number 21 hit with his rendition of English folk song Floral Dance. In 1995 he decided to bring it bang up-to-date for one night only, all for the pleasure of the viewing public.

Don’t forget to tune into Children in Need tonight on BBC1 from 7.30pm. If you miss it, there are hundreds of Children’s charities you can support using your Stewardship giving account. Here are just a few:

The Children's Medical and Research Foundation

The Bethany Children's Trust

Children for Christ Scotland

Children of Promise

Posted by Bethan Walker

Bethan is a marketing and communications executive at Stewardship. Bethan has worked in marketing for seven years and now enjoys working in the not-for-profit sector having previously worked in Professional Services. 


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