11 items from 2013
Children in Need has raised over £31 million, surpassing last year's £26 million to mark its record total.
Before the show started, Wogan said: "Another year older and my childhood is almost ancient history, though memories from back then are very fond ones.
"I was lucky. Mine was a happy childhood but for many children in the UK, this isn't the case, which is why the BBC started Children in Need.
"Get involved. Go on, you know you want to. Together we can make 2013 our greatest year ever."
Comic Relief's slightly less edgy older brother returns for its 34th annual fundraiseathon, and, well, you know the drill: Wogan, Pudsey and the overarching sense that the whole affair is a bit too regimented for anything truly memorable to happen. Still, good cause and all that. Doctor Who and One Direction are the headline acts this year, with a clip from the former's forthcoming anniversary episode getting an airing, and the latter performing live. Elsewhere, 'Enders does Strictly, while Harry Hill remakes/mocks an 80s musical staple. Gwilym Mumford
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The boys are set to go up against pairs Wogan and Rantzen, as well as Mack and Ball.
The jackpot for the special edition is increased to £5,000, with each answer adding £500 to the Children in Need prize fund.
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The Radio 2 DJ will provide the commentary for the Very Best Of 90-minute tribute to the iconic American TV presenter.
Watch a preview of The Ed Sullivan Show on TCM below:
The Ed Sullivan Show originally aired between 1948 and 1971 and featured rock n roll stars, comics, dancers, actors and circus acts.
"This was the pre-eminent variety show of its time which hosted all of the greatest names in American showbusiness.
"This show introduced the very best musical, comedy and speciality acts of the day and when Ed Sullivan talked, America listened. Such legendary acts are timeless. »
Children in Need 2013 has been launched by a host of stars ahead of this year's telethon.
Grimshaw will battle it out with Wogan in a special bake-off, while also encouraging others to do the same.
He said: "I love baking and this year to fund-raise for BBC Children in Need I am going to challenge Sir Terry to a bake-off. I will probably bake a carrot cake - nutritious and delicious!
"If you're bored of bathing in beans, silencing yourself and space-hopping to get to work, head to bbc.co.uk/pudsey to download your fund-raising pack, which will give you some rather incredible ideas on how to raise money!
"By raising money for BBC Children in Need, you are »
It is quite something to sit backstage at The X Factor and witness the entire machinery of the entertainment industrial complex come into action. I can report that Sharon Osbourne looks as flame-proof in real life as she does on TV, her skin unmelted by time or any other natural process, and that when the music starts up, the thrillingly bombastic the-judges-are-about-to-descend-from-the-heavens-above throbbing crescendo played on speakers the size of small terraced houses, I actually feel my bones vibrate. An off-stage voice intones: "This Is London. And this Is The X Factor", frenzied hysteria erupts from the vast Wembley arena and not for the first time do I think of the Nuremberg Rallies.
I'm chatting to the show's host, Dermot O'Leary, »
- Carole Cadwalladr
After weeks of the usual ridiculous speculation (who really believed Chris Fountain would duck into the house mere days after being fired from Corrie?), the cast for the next Celebrity Big Brother was finally revealed on tonight's (August 22) massive launch show.
In some ways it's a pretty typical CBB lineup - a Towie star, tick. A Loose Woman, tick. A Barbie-esuqe glamour model, tick, tick, tick. However, we did notice that the new lot of contestants are a bit more controversial than usual, boasting between them an 'impressive' amount of arrests and column inches for issues as diverse as drink, drugs, violence and racism.
Before it all kicks off in the house, Best in Showbiz brings you a rundown of the real-world antics of Celebrity Big Brother's most scandalous group yet...
Abz is not just an acronym for Aberdeen Airport, an Asian American gang or a drug for »
Rolling out Billy Bragg for reminiscing sessions is depressing as it is inevitable. Stop this protest heritage industry from hogging our airwaves
BBC2's flagship Culture Show returned last week with this programme presented by Miranda Sawyer, promising a history of Peterloo, protest, political art and Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy . There were some interesting bits about actress Maxine Peake's staged performance of the poem, and then a detour to a slightly silly-looking, if bold, theatrical attempt to connect the massacre at Peterloo and Manchester's rave culture in the late 1980s. "Both scared the establishment," Sawyer says, correctly. It was all going fine, until this moment:
"Rave failed to become my generation's political movement, but music has of course always given protest a voice … "
The first clause is heartbreaking in its wrongheadedness: did Sawyer expect the formation of a political party, some kind of Aceiiiiiiiid coalition? For the barest »
- Dan Hancox
Despite knitwear potential, this Scottish drama owed more to a Jersey detective than fashionable Scandi-crime
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The Scottish tourist board must have been cock-a-hoop over Shetland, a two-part murder mystery played against lowering skies and rugged views, and set on the eve of "Europe's biggest fire festival" (don't ask me where the smaller ones are). It ended with all of the town lights turned off and a killer purportedly on the loose amid the visiting crowds and noise of fireworks and marauding fun-starved locals dressed as Vikings, though, frankly, by that point the village idiot (I'm not suggesting Shetland has one) could have guessed who shot the old woman in the first scene and murdered the young woman at the halfway point to keep her quiet and the rest of us mildly intrigued.
It was fashionably bleak, »
- Phil Hogan
It will be 25 years since the first Red Nose Day on 5 February. There have been 12 since, with the 13th to come on 15 March (the official single will be by One Direction, since you ask, a cover of Blondie's One Way or Another). But back in 1988 – when none of One Direction were born – people weren't quite sure how to approach it. Over to Emma Freud, writer, broadcaster, and partner of the driving force behind Comic Relief, Richard Curtis. "In the early days it was utter chaos," Freud told the new issue of Radio Times. "When Rik Mayall went on Wogan to publicise the first Comic Relief single (Living Doll by Cliff and The Young Ones) he rushed over to Richard Curtis and whispered in a panic, 'Quick, remind me, which is the country where they're starving?'."
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11 items from 2013
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