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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Details Unwrapped

25 November 2014 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

He’s faced festive assassins, a lethal Christmas tree and even carnivorous snowmen. And just when you thought Doctor Who was starting to run out of ideas for something to keep your mind off the mince pies, showrunner Steven Moffat brings Peter Capaldi’s curmudgeonly Time Lord face to face with the jolly sack lugger himself, Santa (played by Nick Frost). But what is the Special going to be called this year? Moffat has revealed the legend – Last Christmas. Whether this is directly tied to the much-wept-over Wham hit remains to be seen, but even the iciest of Capaldi’s critics are surely looking forward to his run in with the jelly-bellied childrens’ hero.

Following the Children In Need preview the BBC have also released a publicity image depicting The Doctor in casual mode, flanked by Frost and companion Jenna Coleman

 

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Children in Need: See Tom and Jerry face Strictly Come Dancing judges

15 November 2014 12:39 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

An all-new Tom and Jerry cartoon has premiered on BBC Children in Need.

Fearne Cotton introduced the new short, featuring "the legends" Tom and Jerry, during the BBC broadcast on Friday (November 14).

The cat and mouse were enlisted by Sir Terry Wogan to help Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear to raise money for this year's telethon.

The subsequent adventure saw the duo fail to impress The Apprentice's Lord Alan Sugar, EastEnders's Danny Dyer and the Strictly Come Dancing judges with their madcap antics.

Tom and Jerry have been a popular animated duo around the world since their creation in 1940 by Hanna-Barbera.

BBC Children in Need aired from Elstree Centre in Hertfordshire. Wogan, Cotton, Tess Daly, Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes oversaw the proceedings. »

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BBC Children in Need raises £32.6m

15 November 2014 3:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Appeals presenter and life president, Sir Terry Wogan, says he is astounded at publics generosity in raising record sum

BBC viewers and listeners have helped to raise nearly £33m for the corporations annual Children in Need appeal following last nights six-and-a-half hour broadcast.

It was Sir Terry Wogans 35th year hosting the event, with help from Tess Daly, Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton and The Saturdays Rochelle Humes.

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Children in Need raises record total of £32,620,469

14 November 2014 6:24 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Children in Need has raised £32,620,469 overnight (November 14) - pipping last year's total of just over £31 million.

The annual BBC charity telethon, which started in 1980, featured the much-anticipated reunion of S Club 7, a first look at Doctor Who's Christmas special, Bruce Forsyth's Strictly Come Dancing return and One Direction performing in EastEnders' Albert Square.

We made a Record-breaking £32,620,469!!!!! Thank You, from Pudsey! #ChildrenInNeed

— BBC Children in Need (@BBCCiN) November 15, 2014

The fundraiser was hosted by Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton and Rochelle Humes live from the BBC's Elstree Centre in Hertfordshire.

The cast of EastEnders kicked off this year's Children in Need with a tribute to the musical Grease.

Susan Boyle and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini also performed during the event, as did Boyzone and The Script.

Meanwhile, a new Tom and Jerry cartoon saw the famous cat and mouse meet The Apprentice's Lord Alan Sugar, »

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Doctor Who Christmas special Children In Need preview

14 November 2014 3:23 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The BBC has screened an extended preview of this year's Doctor Who Christmas special. And you can see it here...

It's an annual tradition that as part of the BBC's Children In Need appeal, we get an extended look at what lies ahead in the Doctor Who Christmas special. That tradition has been kept again this year.

This year's special has been penned again by Steven Moffat, with Paul Wilmhurst directing. Guest stars? They would be Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Nathan McMullen, Natalie Gumede and Faye Marsay. Peter Capaldi, of course will be reprising the role of the Doctor. And as this clip confirms, Clara - played by Jenna Coleman - is back as well.

To donate to Children In Need, please follow this link here.

And here's the preview clip from the next episode of Doctor Who...

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Bruce Forsyth returns to Strictly Come Dancing for Children in Need

14 November 2014 12:38 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sir Bruce Forsyth has made a comeback to Strictly Come Dancing for Children in Need tonight (November 14).

The legendary host made his return to the ballroom alongside Tess Daly, for a competition that paired two teams of professional dancers with juniors.

Team Sparkle was comprised of professionals Tristan MacManus and Aliona Vilani with juniors Daniel and Ella, while pros Anton du Beke and Natalie Lowe danced with juniors Elliot and Mia as Team Glitter.

Both squads received rave reviews from judges, with Bruno Tonioli calling them all "supernovas of ballroom".

"I've missed you more than I thought," Forsyth then quipped.

Even the usually-harsh Craig Revel Horwood added: "I wasn't impressed - and I'll tell you why. I couldn't find one thing wrong with it!"

It came down to a vote from the judges, as Revel Horwood and Tonioli supported Team Sparkle. Darcey Bussell registered her support for Team Glitter.

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Children in Need, Tyrant

14 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Children in Need: BBC One, 7:30pm

This year's extravaganza features an exclusive BBC-themed Tom and Jerry cartoon, a ghostly EastEnders special with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), and the hotly-anticipated reunion of pop legends S Club 7.

Hosted as ever by national treasure Sir Terry Wogan, as well as turns by Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and The Saturdays' Rochelle Humes, the show also features Gareth Malone's All Star Choir singing official Children in Need single 'Wake Me Up'.

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

Action-packed Us drama following the adventures of a skilled team of agents from a global law enforcement organisation as they investigate super-human individuals and unusual events.

Phil Coulson and his team race against Hydra to get to Donnie Gill, a dangerous individual living in Morocco who is gifted with the ability to freeze objects, while Simmons is caught in the crossfire. »

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Strictly Come Dancing: Sir Bruce Forsyth returns for Children in Need

13 November 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sir Bruce Forsyth will return to Strictly Come Dancing on Children in Need tonight.

The special episode - which will see Forsyth reuniting with Tess Daly - focuses on four young ballroom champions taking to the dancefloor.

Team Glitter will see professional dancers Anton du Beke and Natalie Lowe dancing with juniors Elliot and Mia, while Team Sparkle consists of pros Tristan MacManus and Aliona Vilani along with juniors Daniel and Ella.

The two teams will have to impress judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli with their performances to 'You Make Me Feel So Young' and 'Happy Feet'.

The team that wins will be rewarded with the Pudsey Glitterball trophy.

Children In Need kicks off tonight (November 14) at 7.30pm on BBC One. »

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One Direction to perform 'Steal My Girl' on EastEnders' Albert Square bridge

10 November 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

One Direction are set to perform a new song live from EastEnders' Albert Square bridge for this year's BBC Children in Need Appeal show.

The group will sing new track 'Night Changes' for the first time on television, as well as their current single 'Steal My Girl', which they performed on The X Factor last night.

The performance on the bridge will see the band serenading the audience below from the top of the iconic Walford location.

One Direction said of the performance: "We are thrilled to be performing on BBC Children in Need again this year. It's a charity that we hold very close to our hearts and we are really excited about our special performance in the iconic EastEnders Albert Square."

Also performing on the Children in Need show will be Donny Osmond, Rixton, Cheryl, The Script, Susan Boyle, Boyzone and the reunited S Club 7. »

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Tom and Jerry meet Lord Sugar and Bake Off judges for Children in Need

9 November 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tom and Jerry will meet some of the BBC's biggest stars in a sketch for Children in Need.

The cartoon will involve the duo heading out to try and raise some money after receiving a letter from Sir Terry Wogan, asking for their help.

They'll visit Gary Lineker at the Match of the Day studio, before giving a quick performance to the Strictly Come Dancing judges.

Tom and Jerry will then take a breather in the Queen Vic with EastEnders characters Mick and Linda (Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright).

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood also receive a visit from the pair, before Lord Alan Sugar, Karren Brady and Nick Hewer get some company in The Apprentice boardroom.

This exclusive cartoon, made especially for BBC Children in Need, will air during the appeal show on Friday, November 14, from 7.30pm on BBC One.

The night will include performances from One Direction, Cheryl, »

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Cheryl joins Children in Need 2014 line-up

7 November 2014 2:02 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has confirmed that she will be taking part in this year's Children in Need.

The 'I Don't Care' singer posted a picture of herself wearing one of the charity event's t-shirts on her official Instagram account earlier this evening (November 7).

"I will be performing next Friday on #ChildrenInNeed" she captioned the shot, which showed the distinctive Pudsey Bear mascot (as re-imagined by designer Giles Deacon) on her top.

The X Factor judge joins One Direction, The Script - who will be performing in fictional EastEnders pub The Queen Vic – a reunited S Club 7, Susan Boyle and Boyzone on the appeal show's line-up.

Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes will host proceedings, which are set to kick off on Friday, November 14 at 7pm on BBC One. »

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Strictly's judges get animated as they join Tom & Jerry for Children in Need

4 November 2014 7:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has released a new image of Tom & Jerry with the Strictly Come Dancing judges ahead of their brand new episode, to air on Children in Need later this month.

The duo will return to screens as part of the annual fundraiser, which will be shown live on the BBC next Friday (November 14).

Our judges have never looked so animated! See them in a Tom & Jerry #Cin special. 14th Nov @BBCOne. That's all folks! pic.twitter.com/pMQz8QHnUH

— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) November 4, 2014

They will be joined by Sir Bruce Forsyth, who is making a special return to the dance floor as four young ballroom champions take part in a competition alongside the Strictly professionals.

Meanwhile, the stars of EastEnders past and present will make appearances as Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) is visited by ghosts from his life, including mum Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), ex-wife Cindy (Michelle Collins) and »

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Bruce Forsyth returning to primetime BBC One with Hall of Fame show

31 October 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Bruce Forsyth is returning to the London Palladium and BBC primetime for a new one-off special Hall of Fame.

Forsyth will host the show, which will feature artists celebrating and paying tribute to the stars who inspired them on the famous Palladium stage.

EastEnders star Jessie Wallace, jazz singer Jamie Cullum, comic Jason Manford and Death In Paradise's Ben Miller are among the stars taking part.

Tenor Alfie Boe and impressionist Jon Culshaw complete the lineup.

The show will put a "modern twist" on some of the most famous acts of all time, as today's stars pay homage to their heroes.

"It's always very special to set foot on the Palladium stage - the more so when introducing such a talented group of performers and celebrating some of the great names of showbusiness," said Forsyth.

BBC One entertainment commissioner Mark Linsey said: "Bruce is a legend of BBC One Saturday night TV, »

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TV highlights 21/10/2014

20 October 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC Children In Need Sewing Bee | You Cant Get The Staff | Britains Worst Crimes: Kidnapped The Stephanie Slater Story | Human Universe | Secrets & Lies | American Horror Story: Freak Show | Bad Education | Baseball: World Series Game 1

Charming and gentle yet fiercely competitive: the Sewing Bee is a perfect tie-in for a Children in Need challenge. Jenny Eclair hosts the first of three special shows in which 12 brave celebrities get their needles out. Up first are Dawn Embarrassing Bodies Harper, DJ Edith Bowman and Corries Wendi Peters. Token comedy bloke is Dave Myers, one half of the Hairy Bikers. But with an A-line skirt to make, its going to be tough. Continues on Thursday and Friday. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier, Bim Adewunmi, Ben Arnold, Mark Jones, John Robinson, Hannah J Davies and Andrew Mueller

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BBC boss Danny Cohen defends Children in Need over cash hold claims

20 October 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC boss Danny Cohen has dismissed claims that Children in Need is holding back on £87 million in funds.

The director general responded to reports that the annual charity drive was not using a large amount of donations from its investment portfolio.

Writing in an official blog post, Cohen explained how the charity handles its donations, while insisting that vulnerable children will suffer if people stopped sending money each year.

"I have read with deep dismay this week's headlines about Children in Need," he wrote. "Accusations have been made that the charity is sitting on a large cash pile whilst asking the British public to donate more. The implication is that Children in Need is both not spending its money wisely and doesn't actually need further public donations anyway.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. Taking a piece of superficial detail, in isolation, and without the supporting facts, doesn't explain what is going on. »

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Tom & Jerry to return to BBC for Children in Need, Rochelle Humes to host

16 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tom and Jerry are returning to the BBC as part of this year's Children in Need.

A specially-made cartoon featuring the duo will form part of the night, which will be broadcast live from EastEnders's Albert Square on Friday, November 14 with famous stars and performances throughout.

Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw will be joined by new Children in Need presenter, The Saturdays' Rochelle Humes.

An exclusive EastEnders sketch will see a character visited by ghosts from their past as many old faces return to the Square.

Sir Bruce Forsyth will make a return to Strictly Come Dancing, with four young ballroom champions taking to the dancefloor in teams with professional dancers.

Gareth Malone and his All-Star Choir will perform the official charity single on the night as well.

Other musicians taking to the stage will include One Direction, Cheryl, The Script, Susan Boyle and Boyzone. »

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EastEnders, Strictly, Tom & Jerry for BBC Children in Need

16 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tom and Jerry are returning to the BBC as part of this year's Children in Need.

A specially-made cartoon featuring the duo will form part of the night, which will be broadcast live from EastEnders's Albert Square on Friday, November 14 with famous stars and performances throughout.

Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw will be joined by new Children in Need presenter, The Saturdays' Rochelle Humes.

An exclusive EastEnders sketch will see a character visited by ghosts from their past as many old faces return to the Square.

Sir Bruce Forsyth will make a return to Strictly Come Dancing, with four young ballroom champions taking to the dancefloor in teams with professional dancers.

Gareth Malone and his All-Star Choir will perform the official charity single on the night as well.

Other musicians taking to the stage will include One Direction, Cheryl, The Script, Susan Boyle and Boyzone. »

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Edith Bowman and Louie Spence for Children in Need Sewing Bee specials

13 October 2014 3:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has detailed three celebrity editions of The Great British Sewing Bee.

Each Children In Need special will see four famous faces attempt to impress judges Patrick Grant and May Martin, and will be fronted by a different guest host.

DJ Edith Bowman, Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers, Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters, and Embarrassing Bodies' Dr Dawn Harper will compete in the first episode, presented by Jenny Éclair .

Sara Cox will oversee Pineapple Dance Studios' Louie Spence, stand-up Mark Watson, TV presenter Gaby Roslin and actress Pam Ferris in the second edition.

Finally, BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney, comedian Helen Lederer, author Kathryn Flett, and Overtones singer Timmy Matley will hit the sewing machines when Anita Rani takes charge.

Speaking about the shows, Bowman said: "It was a total joy to be part of Gbsb for BBC Children in Need, if not totally daunting.

"Having Patrick »

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You Don't Have to Be a Beach Boys Fan to Love This Star-Studded Cover of "God Only Knows"

10 October 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

To help celebrate BBC Music's official launch this week, the British network assembled an impressive lineup of classic and contemporary artists to cover the Beach Boys hit "God Only Knows." In total, 27 musicians - including iconic acts like Elton John and Stevie Wonder and modern favorites such as Pharrell Williams, Lorde, and One Direction - linked up to perform the 1966 hit, which was a veritable dream come true for Beach Boys cofounder Brian Wilson, who has a prominent role in the accompanying video. The singer-songwriter said, "I just feel so incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose 'God Only Knows' to promote their new music initiative. All of the artists did such a beautiful job, and I can't thank them enough. I'm just honored that 'God Only Knows' was chosen. 'God Only Knows' is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I've ever written. »

- Brittney-Stephens

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You Don't Have to Be a Beach Boys Fan to Love This Star-Studded Cover of "God Only Knows"

8 October 2014 12:31 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

To help celebrate BBC Music's official launch this week, the British network assembled an impressive lineup of classic and contemporary artists to cover the Beach Boys hit "God Only Knows." In total, 27 musicians - including iconic acts like Elton John and Stevie Wonder and modern favorites such as Pharrell Williams, Lorde, and One Direction - linked up to perform the 1966 hit, which was a veritable dream come true for Beach Boys cofounder Brian Wilson, who has a prominent role in the accompanying video. The singer-songwriter said, "I just feel so incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose 'God Only Knows' to promote their new music initiative. All of the artists did such a beautiful job, and I can't thank them enough. I'm just honored that 'God Only Knows' was chosen. 'God Only Knows' is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I've ever written. »

- Brittney-Stephens

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