A look back at Children in Need's unforgettable moments. The first part counts down from 50 to 21 and features songs, sketches, performances and interviews.
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Good evening, and welcome to this extra special Children In Need night.
For the past 30 years, Children In Need has raised
a staggering £550 million for disadvantaged children in the UK.
The amount of money it raises for the kids is unbelievable.
I like the way it unites the whole country.
People pull together and want to help out.
Everyone is clubbing together for one cause.
It's a way of life in this country.
Over the next two shows,
we celebrate the weird, wacky, and wonderful ways
in which our most cherished celebrities
have gone above and beyond their duty, all in the name of charity.
Here at Children In Need, we've spent almost 200 hours
selecting our favourite clips from the show's 30-year history.
Tonight, as we enjoy this veritable smorgasbord
of Children In Need sketches...
Yeah, baby, it's time to get naked.
# You would be there when I needed somebody... #
..and stand-out moments...
-That's, like, freaking me out.
-That's, like, freaking me out!
..we'll be joined by some familiar faces keen to relive...
Children In Need is obviously the most important thing
in my professional life.
There wasn't a better platform
for us than Children In Need. It was amazing.
..or maybe forget...
Looking back, it is a bit embarrassing, yeah.
Why on Earth did I say yes?
..their time on Children In Need.
In this show, we count down from 50 to 21,
so let's take a look at our first clip.
We're back in 2007,
and it's the satisfying moment
when the hard-bitten Dragons of Dragons' Den
were brought down a peg or two by some brave young entrepreneurs.
If we had any thought at all of patronising those kids -
straight out the window as soon as they came up the stairs.
Hello, I'm Callum.
Last year, I noticed that my guinea pigs were getting bored
with nothing to do but eat grass,
so I designed a house and got my granddad to make it with me.
There was one little guy called Callum
who was absolutely cool as a cucumber,
very serious about his pitch, and quite rightly so.
I'd like £1,000 for heating in granddad's workshop,
so it doesn't get cold in the winter,
and also for some wood, instead of the other wood that we've got.
Well done, Callum. Excellent presentation.
Surely everybody's on board.
'Callum was pretty confident. I never would have thought'
I would have had a pitch given to me by a ten-year-old.
It looks like the hamster could escape,
-because you have holes coming out.
Ah. Some of these Dragons aren't as bright as they look.
The hamster doesn't jump through windows?
Come on, Peter, keep up.
Well, they'd be a bit silly if they would.
I think we're wasting our time, Callum.
Every single retort was pretty strong.
In fact, that ten-year-old boy
was probably better than half the people we get in the Den for real.
It's better than just running around in an empty cage.
It's a lot better.
He made me feel about six years of age.
Confident pitch, fielded the questions well,
but what did the experts think?
You haven't really got an idea of how you're going to grow the business.
That's a bit harsh.
If that's the best you've done, you've done a very poor job.
Come on, guys, he's only 10.
I don't like the way you presented today.
I don't like your business plan.
That's the reason why I won't be investing.
Hold it there, we're only joking!
Let's rewind the tape and see how it really went down.
-It's better than just running around in an empty cage.
-It's a lot better.
Callum, I like the idea that you care about the animals,
and I will give you the £1,000.
-Have we got a deal?
Let's shake hands.
Ahh, well done, Callum.
There we are, the spirit of Children In Need in action.
At number 49 is the first Children In Need charity single
to feature in our countdown, 2009's All You Need Is Love.
As with all the Children In Need singles,
a percentage of the sales went directly to the charity,
and this helped raise £40 million last year.
# All you need is love... #
Pretty good, huh?
And next on the countdown, it's time to say hello to an old favourite.
Back in the '80s, Sir Terry Wogan entertained millions of viewers
hosting Blankety Blank, a kind of "finish my...sentence" panel show.
Fast forward to Children In Need 2004, and the stage was set
for a triumphant return,
reuniting Blankety Blank and Sir Terry once again.
We were in for a treat.
Much may have changed in 21 years since I last held this microphone.
It's extraordinary what a feeling of power it gives you.
'I'm not a great one for preparation.'
I had, frankly, forgotten completely how to play Blankety Blank.
Oh, dear, and forgetting
how to play the game was only the start of Terry's problems.
First, there were the unruly contestants.
Don't do it now, put it back!
For heaven's sake!
Then the set went on strike.
The automatic...roundabout will take you away...
because it works like clockwork.
You got the sense of, "Still sat here!
"I think we should be moving!"
-Shall I just go and push it?
-I would, yeah.
Shall we all pull together?
It's all going wrong!
Poor Terry. What else could possibly go wrong?
I hope we're not going to have a lot of trouble from you.
I understand you're a troublesome person.
I've never seen you on television myself.
When you end up on one of these things, you're thinking, "Why on earth did I say yes?"
I'm always going to make a complete idiot out of myself.
I understand you that have a tart way about you?
He was provoking me with his silly microphone.
Stick that any closer...
'So I decided to break it!'
You're a brave man, Cowell, very brave.
He got a bit sulky. I don't think he was too happy about that.
Anybody got another one?
The thing didn't work.
Nothing really worked.
Except that it was fun to do.
That wasn't as slick as we were hoping!
Sir Terry there, doing what he does best, keeping cool under pressure.
And here at number 47 is another lot who know something about being cool.
In 2003, the cast of Coronation Street
gave us their expert rendition of Grease.
Casting for the male was easy.
Boyzone stud Keith Duffy assumed the lead role of Danny.
But the role of Sandy needed someone real special.
But, hey, there's over 35 ladies in this soap,
surely it can't be that hard.
I wasn't in Grease!
Sorry, Fiz, to play Sandy, you need a striking stage presence,
a fierce musical ability and years of dance lessons.
I don't know if I would have been Sandy.
# You better shape up... #
Oh, and looking good in leather doesn't hurt much either.
# And my heart is set on you
# You better shape up... #
There's pictures up on the wall in the green room
of Nikki Sanderson in some very tight leather trousers.
I wonder why that's still up in the green room.
# Ooh, ooh, ooh, honey... #
I watched it with a bit of a tinge of...hmmm!
# The one that I want... #
Fiz may not have been the one they wanted,
but Corrie's effort helped raise £15 million on the night,
and the cast had such a great time,
they like to keep a permanent reminder somewhere very special.
We have a photograph of that up
on the set behind the Rovers.
When Fiz goes to the toilet,
I go to the toilet and then that's where it is,
hanging, Coronation Street do Grease.
# You're the one that I want. #
OK, Corrie, we know you can sing and dance, but can you act?
Ooh! Fabulous bangers.
Pay attention, girlfriends,
it's time for some Children In Need Gok Shock.
Do you have any idea where I am?
-Yeah! You're on Coronation Street, cock.
-No, it's Gok.
Oh, cock instead of Gok.
Cock meaning the northern colloquialism,
not the rude... We weren't calling him a rude word.
Right, glad we got that cleared up. Oh, yes, where were we?
In 2008, the Fairy Gokmother
really had his work cut out
making over the residents of Coronation Street.
-Yeah, baby, it's time to get naked.
I know the other three said "Yes, I'll do it, as long as I don't have to be naked."
But for me, I'd already spent half my time naked,
practically, on that show anyway.
Blimey, must have missed that episode.
Listen, Auntie Gok's in town, and it's time to dress.
So to cut a long story short,
Auntie Gok strips them down putting on a Gok-tastic fashion show.
You go, girlfriend.
Shouting out some trademark catchphrases
before inexplicable smoke appears,
fireworks explode, confetti falls,
oh, and a big, butch, manly fight breaks out.
Gok, I'm going to make you ten years younger!
Actually, it was probably a normal day in that factory.
Then style icon Gok Wan shows just what a good sport he is
by modelling next season's new look...
The Haley Cropper!
We're counting down the top 50 moments from Children In Need,
and that was Gok Wan making over the cast of Corrie.
Let's see what's at number 45.
Right, you'd better wake up your mum and dad. This one's for the oldies.
Yes, Children In Need has the brilliant knack of getting
old comedians to step out of retirement
and back into the limelight.
This has never been demonstrated more clearly
than when Prunella Scales
returned as the nation's favourite hostess, Sybil Fawlty,
leading a merry band of comedy legends
in 2007's take on Hotel Babylon.
'I don't think anyone else could have pulled off a sketch like that,
'getting actors all together'
to do something of that scale for what is a couple of minutes of TV.
Like the best hotel mixologist's cocktail,
this sequence was a finely balanced blend of ingredients.
Start off with a couple of handfuls of Dorien from Birds of a Feather.
Next, take a sachet of Yvette from 'Allo 'Allo,
a subtle drizzle of Captain Peacock from Are You Being Served?,
a meaty slug of Ted Bovis from Hi-de-Hi!,
and a squeeze of June Whitfield.
Then shake it up with refined Adam Chance.
What do you get?
Sorry about that. Right, who's next on the list?
Power-slide, high kick, is this Tom Cruise?
No, it's Children In Need favourite, John Barrowman.
# Today's music ain't got the same soul
# I like that old time rock and roll
# Don't try and take me to a disco... #
When I was told I was going to be performing live in my underwear
in front of the nation, part of me went, "Oh, dear!"
And the other part went, "Yes!"
# Old time rock and roll... #
'I was doing this pastiche of Risky Business.
'Tom Cruise has got great legs.
'I kept thinking to myself,'
"When he's in briefs, it looks like two teacakes". You know, tight.
'And then I come out in boxers, which will look saggy.'
So I was nervous that people would think I had a saggy butt.
Now, I've been to Barrowman's house,
and what you're seeing there is pretty accurate -
the relentless singing, the resident dance troupe
and the unabashed prancing around in questionable boxer shorts.
# I've got to hear some blues or funky old soul... #
Personally, I'm a tidy whitey.
I'm a Y-fronts person.
Actually, I was meant to dance in tidy whities.
But I was pulled aside and told, "We can't do the tidy whities.
"You have to do boxer shorts. Tidy whities are a little too revealing."
# I like that old time rock and roll... #
Why do you want to know what happened to my underwear after the performance?!
After the show, my underwear went onto the Pudsey website.
I actually know who bought the pants.
£3,000 for John Barrowman's sweaty boxer shorts!
I should be selling them.
I should have my own site to raise money for charities.
# That old time rock and roll! #
From bare legs to three legs.
In at number 43 is singer-songwriter,
painter and all-round entertainer, Rolf Harris.
Wow, what I wouldn't give to have a third leg.
How on earth do you do it, Rolf?
Good question. I'm not going to tell you. What's the matter with you?
# I'm Jake the Peg... #
Oh, go on, Rolf, please.
I'm not going to tell you.
Stop playing games!
There's got to be some kind of trick to it.
# Jake the Peg... #
I'll let you into the secret. There is a false leg involved!
What?! A false leg? Of course!
Oh, I feel such an idiot now.
It's that one, look.
No, hang on, it's the one in the middle.
Which one is it? Oh, I give up.
# And then they shout at me
# "Put your best foot forward"
# But which foot?
Rolf and his appendage helped to raise £17.2 million on the night.
# Got a choice of two
# But me, I'm Jake the Peg
# With his extra leg! #
I shouldn't have told you that.
One performer who certainly doesn't need an extra leg
is good ol' twinkle toes himself, Brucie,
seen here romancing Kaplinsky
before leading his gaggle of merry men on a right old song and dance.
Two, three, four!
It was so lovely to see Bruce and Sir Terry Wogan dancing together.
Bruce obviously takes the dancing side of things seriously,
so watching it, you could tell that Bruce was wanting to nail the steps,
and Terry was just having a blast.
'I'm pretty bad on rehearsal.
'I tend to make things up as I go along.
'That has its shortcomings, when you're expected to remember
'your steps, and remember what to do with your hat.'
And your cane!
Don't worry, Terry,
you weren't the only one struggling to find your rhythm.
Go on, John. Go on, John.
'As far as the public is concerned, John Humphrys has no legs.
'When he appeared to dance for us, the bottom half of his body'
is not all that well co-ordinated with the upper half.
He was dancing to a different song.
You might be on to something there, Fearne.
This is what was actually bouncing around in John's head.
Actually, we've traced John's footsteps throughout the sequence,
and this is what appeared.
Good sport John Humphrys
communicating through the medium of dance there.
Now, let's pause a minute.
When I say Children In Need, what do you think of?
Wogan? Pudsey? Generous audience members in silly costumes?
Well, I bet buttons to bottletops that this lot also spring to mind.
We interrupt this broadcast to bring you breaking news.
'The night of Children In Need, the first thing you think of,'
and everyone does it, is newsreaders doing silly dances.
Yes, it's the newsreaders.
'Every year, the newsreaders do something stupid.'
Newsreaders are so straight that anything they do is funny.
I do find myself going, "Oh, God."
It's like watching my dad.
'Everybody is prepared to go on live television'
and make a bit of a fool of themselves,
which will be on YouTube forever.
'But because it's Children In Need,
'they do it, and they're quite up for it.'
Yes, for one night of the year,
the formal faces of BBC News get to let their hair down.
It certainly puts the newsreaders in an unusual, potentially embarrassing situation.
'All year round, we're pretty buttoned up.'
It's nice to escape from that for a while.
Thanks, Bill, and back in the countdown,
here they are at number 41.
Wow, this is most certainly not the Nine O'Clock News.
# Goddess on the mountain top
# Burning like a silver flame... #
They must love it, because they're clearly not that serious in real life,
they just have to be serious when they're behind that desk.
# And Venus was her name... #
Could this one moment change a newsreader's life forever?
Probably not, Peter, but we won't forget it in a hurry,
especially as we didn't know
what was lurking at the back of the stage.
# Yeah, baby, she's got it... #
We'd be thinking, "What on Earth am I doing here?"
Well, Bill, since you ask, Wild Boys was based on a novel
by William Burroughs, and you're playing the part
of an adolescent humanoid ravaging the earth.
# The wild boys are calling
# On their way back from the fire... #
'That first moment they fit you up, you think,'
"No, no, I'm not wearing that!"
It wasn't so much the leather trousers, but the string vests.
There's not a whole lot going on under there, really.
They were wearing quite naughty outfits, really,
I think maybe naughtier than they realised.
# Oh, the secrets they could tell.... #
There's always fishnets. There's a bit of bondage.
There's a bit of leather.
# Looks like they'll try again
# Wild boys never lose it
# Wild boys never choose this way... #
'My recollections of Wild Boys - how can I put this?
How enthusiastically some of my colleagues
embraced the idea of bondage gear.
You've got to watch these people.
The newsreaders there with a memorable performance
to tie up the first ten in our countdown
to the Children In Need 50 Greatest Moments.
So, what's at number 40? OZ-enders.
Dot Cotton describes the action.
I don't remember!
To be fair, the story was a little baffling,
so pay attention.
This is what happened.
Dorothy Cotton falls asleep, and wakes up
in an alternate Wizard of Oz reality set in Albert Square.
There's something a bit queer going on.
She is immediately confronted
by two characters from Casualty, and Well'ard wearing sunglasses.
Oh! Me head!
Got all of that? Good. Meanwhile, Garry Hobbs has swapped jobs
and is now serving in the Queen Vic whilst fiddling with a car battery.
I'm a mechanic, not a barman.
Upset by characters from other shows invading Albert Square,
Dot is advised by Patrick Trueman to go and see the Wizard of Oz.
Little does she know that all of this mayhem is being caused
by evil Ian Beale who mixed up the BBC drama scripts
before throwing darts at pictures of Phil Mitchell.
What? The action returns to Holby City's Mubbs Hussein,
who discovers he doesn't have a heart.
Could someone get me to a hospital?
Oh, and did I mention that Garry has no brain?
Sometimes wonder if I've got a brain at all.
And this other dude is a coward?
I'm such a coward.
Told you. Like in The Wizard of Oz.
Anyway, moving on. Several characters play noughts and crosses on a patient's chest,
while Garry, Mubbs, the other dude, and Dorothy
decide to burst out of the hospital to go and see the wizard.
We'll all go together.
They're advised by Merseybeat's Inspector Superintendent Jim Oulton to...
Follow the yellow big bear!
Oh, and Elvis pops up too!
Together they dance off down the street before arriving at the Children In Need studio.
Suddenly, Ian Beale appears from behind a poorly timed smoke explosion
and Jon Culshaw dressed as Ozzy Osbourne addresses the gang.
I am Oz.
The loose ends are all tied up with the Wizard of Oz - Ozzy Osbourne -
banishing the evil Ian Beale to TV purgatory, and the scene finishes with a good old sing-song.
# Some day I'll wish upon a star... #
But what does the star of the show, Dot Cotton, think?
It was silly and simple and I thought it was rather lovely.
So did we, Dot.
Oh, my God, they look hideous!
Was something often said by Trinny and Susannah
on their makeover show What Not To Wear.
Here, however, they're looking very stylish
in their interpretation of Madonna's Vogue.
# Come on, Vogue #
# Let your body groove to the music... #
The soft lighting, monochrome colourwash
and precise choreography was a valiant effort,
but there's no substitute for the real thing
and, thankfully, two years later, Pudsey's prayers were answered
as the queen of pop agreed to appear live on stage.
There was a huge buzz of excitement in the building all day.
It was an extraordinary breakthrough to have Madonna open the show for us.
At one point her and about a thousand people in her entourage
briskly walked past me.
It's so weird seeing her in real life, because she's on of the most iconic famous people in the world.
She was probably the biggest thing in show business at the time.
So, without further ado, here she is, Madonna!
# Those who run seem to have all the fun
# I'm caught up... #
Wait, wait a minute, what the hell's wrong with the clip?
Ah, that's better.
Her performance was on the night was spectacular.
-Audience just went mad.
# I don't know what to do
# Every little thing
# That you say or do
# I'm hung up... #
You want that first performance to be huge,
to set the pace of the show and Madonna did more than that.
# Every little thing Every little thing
# I'm hung up, I'm hanging up on you
# Waiting for your call, waiting for your call... #
Over nine million viewers tuned in, and the fun wasn't over
as Sir Terry took to the stage to throw some shapes with Madge herself.
Oh, Lord, did he?
I was born to dance.
Madonna there, opening the show in 2005.
Now let's see who had the honour in 2007.
All went wrong and the whole country were watching.
I did have to laugh!
I think I weed myself a little bit, I laughed so much.
It's a shame for Lee, but people watch it for that kind of thing.
There's a little girl to my left,
I remember seeing her face thinking, "We're on telly."
I was like, "I know!"
Singer's worst nightmare - not being heard.
It's all a bit of a blur, to be honest. It all happened so quick.
But looking back, it is a bit embarrassing.
Oh, come on, Lee, it wasn't that bad. So your microphone packed up.
We were all singing along with you.
And for anyone who missed it here's the karaoke version.
His microphone was dead.
There was at the side of the stage trying to get to him,
but it would have literally
been a case of jumping on top of five year olds.
# A crash of drums... #
'It is not until you finish'
that you realise most of the country was watching the performance.
It is one to look back on, I guess.
# Any dream will do
# Give me my coloured coat... #
Ahh, it all worked out in the end,
and the odd mishap is what Children In Need is all about.
Sometimes you just need to step back and have a laugh at yourself.
Which is exactly what these next three did.
Ever wondered what Dot Cotton, Pat Butcher and Vera Duckworth
look like as saucy schoolgirls?
Well, we're about to find out,
as we were treated to this fantasy in 1991.
# Three little new barmaids are we
# Pert as a schoolgirl as you see... #
# Three little spunky girls
# Pure and spotless virgins three
# All on the brink of puberty... #
It was dressing up as schoolgirls, and it was just fun.
You didn't worry about it. You had a nice time.
# Three pretty lucky girls
# Two little maidens from EastEnders
# Both want a bloke to love and tend us
# Both of them wearing silk suspenders
# Three pretty raunchy girls... #
Rumour has it these three are set to star alongside Gemma Arterton
in the next St Trinian's movie,
and whilst they'll have to wait a bit
to get their hands on Russell Brand's Flash Harry,
there's always someone they can flirt with.
We were really all after Sir Terry Wogan!
Ooh, Terry, you lucky man!
Did I land up sitting on Terry Wogan's lap?
Yes, I thought I might have done.
Like you can't remember, June.
I think I won there!
Frankly, if I wasn't a married man,
and it hadn't been in front of millions of people watching,
we could have run-off together.
It's 2001, and this is Shaun Williamson and friends
with their version of a Queen classic.
# I want to break free... #
'When they came up with the idea, based on Queen's iconic video
'of that song, I thought,'
"What a laugh, which part do you want me to be?"
"The Freddie Mercury, stockings and suspenders,
"hoover, big wig."
And it was a real laugh.
As if one cross-dressing Freddy wasn't enough, we're treated to another.
Try and guess where he's hiding.
# I want to break free... #
# I'm falling in love... #
I thought, "This is going well.
"The whole nation loves me."
Then, of course, Greco jumps out of a wardrobe, and you forget about me.
# I'm falling in love
# God knows
# God knows I'm falling in love... #
Showing a bit of hairy leg live on television is not limited to just the soap stars.
And welcome to our Children In Need swingometer.
There are some things in life that just belong together...
fish and chips, Posh and Becks, and Children In Need
and the newsreaders.
Let's go back to 1992 and see where it all began.
The king of the swingers!
The assumption is the newsreaders always were part and parcel
of dressing up, dancing and singing for us...
# I wanna be a man, man-cub... #
..but this was initiated by Peter Snow.
Peter Snow, in that leopard skin,
that really was showing you the way it was going.
And it was going very well indeed.
Peter made it respectable for people in the serious business of newsreading
to come out and for one night only make fools of themselves,
as we all do on behalf of Children In Need.
Well, John, what would you say
is the underlying political significance
of what we're seeing tonight?
Undoubtedly, Peter Snow is swinging towards megalomania!
I think they were very ambitious, really.
We're more mainstream showbiz these days.
# Oh, whoop-dee-doo I wanna be like you-oo-oo... #
I was just disappointed that he didn't swing off through the trees, going "Aaah-aah-aaah!"
# Someone like me-ee-ee... #
Peter Snow and the newsreaders there.
Now, what's at number 33?
Ozzy Osbourne's view of the world has always been somewhat different to the norm,
so just imagine the utter confusion he suffered
coming face to face with himself.
Who are you? The Prince of Darkness!
Who are you? The Prince of Darkness!
Who are you? The Prince of Darkness!
That guy's freaking me out!
This guy's freaking ME out!
You look like me!
This is, like, the best lookalike that I've ever seen.
That could have just gone anywhere.
That's your lookalike sorted, when's mine coming on?
Just get on with the interview.
Question one - what is your name?
The Prince of Darkness!
Very strong smell of aftershave, Ozzy has.
He must get his bottle of aftershave and... Loads of it on.
You can smell the aftershave 30 yards before Ozzy has reached you.
Next, the real Sharon Osbourne came out,
and if Ozzy wasn't baffled enough already,
the producers then introduced a lifelike mannequin of Simon Cowell.
Definitely looks like Simon to me.
It was just the image of Cowell before him brought out this real sense of genuine venom.
Yes, the sight of his wife's tormentor proved just too much, tipping Ozzy over the edge.
Punching with some serious intentions.
I sensed, he didn't like this image before him.
Perhaps he thought it was real.
-That's called getting the short straw.
-The Prince of Darkness!
Ozzy Osbourne, just one of the many music legends to appear on Children In Need over the years.
Let's just pause the countdown for a moment
to look at some other classic performances.
Last year was the first time
we had been associated with Children In Need.
We performed Everybody In Love.
# Everybody in love
# Go put your hands up... #
There's always a buzz about it, and everyone's there clubbing together
for one cause - to raise as much money as possible to help children around the UK.
JLS appeared last year, and they're in great company.
# Stop right now Thank you very much
# I need somebody with a human touch... #
# Hold on tonight Whoa, whoa, whoa-oh-oh... #
# Here comes the girls Girl, girls, girls... #
# I'm spinning around Move out of my way
# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this... #
# You're gonna make me Make me love you
# Nothing at all Nothing that I do... #
Some of the awesome pop stars who have done their bit.
But back in the countdown there's one band who have given more
for Children In Need than any other.
We started back in '93, '94. '94 would have been
our first Children In Need performance, I think.
We did Children In Need every year.
Then we broke up, we went our own way.
To come back then, in 2007,
and for Children In Need still to want Boyzone...
Boyzone are back!
To have the opportunity to re-launch the band on Children In Need, it was such a buzz, such a great honour.
# You'll be there When I needed somebody... #
So, this is it,
the moment Children In Need brought Boyzone back together.
# I had a picture of you in my mind... #
It was seven years since we had performed together
and the first thing we're doing is on a live TV show.
That was nailbiting stuff.
It had been a long time since we had done any dance routines
or sang together, so there was a lot to take on.
But to do it on the biggest show in the country, it was just exciting.
# I had a picture of you in my mind
# Never knew it could be so wrong... #
We thought, "If we come back together, whether we decide to take it further,
"or we do this and do the shows and leave it at that,
"at least we've come back for the right reasons, to do a bit of good."
That kind of helped us come back, in a way.
We've a lot to thank Children In Need for.
# Why'd it take me so long just to find
# The friend that was there... #
9.6 million people saw the return of Boyzone, and here's another one for the ladies.
# And they called it puppy love... #
Children In Need is all about stars from different arenas joining forces
for the greater good, and that's why, in 2003,
Donny Osmond found himself on stage with the Kumars.
# And why I love her so... #
Meera Syal, who played the grandma, actually in real life
claims she's a bigger fan than I am of Donny Osmond - so wrong!
No, I am number one.
# My knees are killing me... #
You may think you're number one, Roslin,
but it looks like Granny Kumar prefers being underneath anyway.
# You'll be back in my arms... #
I remember, by the end, they were rolling around on the floor.
Will someone help me?
I probably wanted to be on the floor, but it was brilliant, I loved that sketch.
I loved the Kumars. They should still be on. Bring back the Kumars!
# Answer up above... #
And all this frolicking around helped raise over £15 million on the night.
Sanjeev, come and help me.
-# Who wants to be a millionaire?
-I don't... #
The last place you expect to see some High Society is on Emmerdale Farm,
but that's exactly what those dirt magnets did in 2005
for a very special Children In Need performance.
# I have heard among this clan... #
Even stumbling drunk Shadrach scrubbed up well.
# Is that what they're saying? Did you ever?
# What a swell party this is
# Have you heard, it's in the stars
# Next July we collide with Mars
# Well, did you ever? #
The Woolpack locals proving that a little dress and decorum can go a very long way.
It's just a shame the whole series budget was spent on a firework display!
Anything Emmerdale can do, EastEnders can do just as well.
History books will state that EastEnders was first conceived in the '80s.
However, what's not known
is that a decade earlier the BBC piloted EastEnders...The Musical.
# Calling out around the world... #
Ah! What could've been.
We're joking, of course. This is 2009's EastEnders Motown Medley.
Where it wasn't just the girls that got glammed up.
# And I'm bringing you a love that's true
# So get ready, so get ready Come, get ready... #
We were slick on the mics. We were pretty fly.
We had the nice suits, you know.
# You want to play hide-and-seek with love, let me remind you
# It's all right... #
Anything that involves giving me hair, I'm down!
# Missing the time it takes to find you... #
'To hit the high notes?'
It was partly due to the trousers they gave me.
I can't deny it, they were...snug.
-# Ain't no mountain high enough
-No mountain high enough... #
'It is a nightmare for the director'
because television actors have the concentration span of fruit flies!
Yes, all the singing and dancing was just too much for some characters.
We're going, "Ooh, put the music up a bit louder this time!"
But even Heather got there in the end.
# Ah! #
It hits you that you're doing something
that is raising a lot of money and does every, every year
for absolutely brilliant, brilliant causes.
# Ain't no mountain high enough... #
Not half! This performance helped raise £40 million last year.
# Ain't no mountain high enough. #
Well, done, EastEnders.
# Ain't no mountain high enough... #
OK, Heather, we've done this one now. Heather!
# Ain't no valley keep me from you! #
Heather! Can someone get Heather's mate, Shirley?
Luckily, Children in Need always has a team of highly skilled medical professionals on hand.
Good job, too, because in 2009, disaster struck
and Children in Need's main man fell unexpectedly ill.
No, not Sir Terry. Pudsey!
Tess, call for a spiritometer.
Nice to see you again, Pudsey, old son...
Fortunately, the Casualty team were fully trained in bear resuscitation.
Ignoring the obvious physical injuries to his head,
the team went for a more economic approach to his recovery.
-His fluff count is way down.
-We could try lotta letters-ology.
No, no, his spirits are too low. We'd risk tufftasayitis.
People, we've got to face facts here. This is a waiting game.
However, their patience reaped dividends
and the team finally unravelled
the connection between wealth and health.
With his pockets bulging for a good cause,
Pudsey soon skipped out of the ward and the show went ahead,
raising 20 million on the night.
Now what's at number 27 in our countdown? Let's take a look.
Or should I say, let's take a sniff.
The BBC was the first to bring television into your home,
the first to bring you colour pictures and widescreen TV,
and in 1995, Auntie Beeb provided us with technology that would blow our minds.
-I remember smelly-vision.
-It's Smell-o-vision, Roslin.
I remember Smell-o-vision.
You could buy these little booklets to actually sniff while you were watching the television.
You'd rub something and you could smell...
It's very bizarre because in the book,
you're sniffing Noel's armpit!
-What's that smell?
You can imagine everyone doing it, going, "Oh, God, it smells like berries." But it didn't.
It just smelt like a book.
Television may not have stunk,
but thanks to the help of Blobby and friends,
a stinking £16.8 million was raised for Children in Need.
Right, what's next? Hmm. Can anyone smell cheese?
# I'm through with standing in line because I never get in, it's like the
# Bottom of a night that I'm never going to win
# This life hasn't turned out quite the way I want it to be... #
Talent shows have recently been criticised
for using pitch-correcting, auto-tune technology
to ensure singers sound in key.
# A room I can play baseball in
# And a kingsize tub big enough for ten plus me
# Is that what you need? #
Unfortunately, all of the auto-tune machines were in use on this day, so instead, here are our stars miming.
# Cos we all just want to be big rock stars
# And live in hilltop castles driving 15 cars... #
They do sound good, though.
# Digger's going to wind up there
# Every Playboy bunny with her bleach blonde hair
# Hey, hey, I want to be a rock star
# Hey, hey I want to be a rock star... #
Last summer, we said a tearful goodbye to an old friend.
Yes, after 27 years The Bill closed its doors to Sun Hill forever.
-# Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone... #
-Could this be the reason why?
-# On the slide trombone... #
-We had PC Nate Roberts on drums,
Detective Constable Terry Perkins on bass,
and even Natalie from EastEnders busting some moves.
# Everybody on the whole cell block... #
Every one of them was in serious breach of police regulations.
-No-one's going to jail here, though.
This is The Bill's 2008 Blues Brothers' Medley for Children in Need.
# And do the bird... #
# Bend over, let me see you shake your tail-feather
# Bend over, let me see you shake your tail-feather
# Come on and let me see you shake your tail-feather
# Come on and let me see you shake your tail-feather
# Aaaahhhh! #
A slick performance from The Bill there, but for one cast member
of Hollyoaks, things didn't quite go as planned.
MUSIC: Theme from "Psycho" by Bernard Herrmann.
You can rehearse as much as you like but when you're on stage,
you can hope that you get out the other side completely unscathed.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen to me.
We've seen it twice before in this countdown.
And now the hat-trick is complete.
Everybody says it'll be all right on the night, but I did have an out-of-body experience.
Yes, the curse of the Children in Need microphone mishap strikes again in 2009.
# We will, we will rock you. #
'Went on stage, live in front of all these millions of viewers,'
and everybody else sang their line and it got to mine and I started to sing.
# You got mud on your face, you big disgrace... #
At the end of my second line singing, one of the runners came up and handed me a microphone.
So the next minute I had this microphone held in my hand
whilst trying to clap my hands above my head.
# We will, we will rock you. #
It just was the most stressful two and a half minutes of my life.
# We will, we will rock you. #
First person I meet walking off stage, Lee Mead, and he just laughs!
And says to me, "Mate, it happens to the best of us!"
You're not wrong, Gerard. No matter how much preparation you put in, it doesn't always go to plan.
Now, I bet your parents have banged on about this classic sketch, where comic legends
Morecambe and Wise demonstrate the art of physical comedy.
Children in Need decided to re-create this sketch in 2003,
but where would they find two clowns who could handle their food?
Step forward a couple of TV chefs.
MUSIC: "The Stripper" by David Rose.
Chefs, it's all about timing,
getting everything right at the right time.
So, this should be a doddle.
Yeah. Well, I think we did all right, actually.
Yeah, well, we'll be the judge of that because this isn't so much about cooking as the co-ordination.
Difficult. Really difficult. You walk out in front of ten million people watching, it's live!
So were we crapping ourselves? Yes, we were!
Well, with these two pros in the kitchen, it was bound to be a recipe for success, right?
'He's a great natural mover.'
He's got the rhythm and all that, and I sort of haven't.
Don't be too hard on yourself, Antony.
It seems to be going all right so far.
-The pancakes stuck.
-The pancakes were supposed to fall out.
They didn't fall out quick enough, and we're going, "Come on".
Tossing pancakes can be quite tricky so let's try something simpler.
Then I had to catch the toast.
Toast. This should be easy.
The set-builders had put the toaster in around the wrong way so
the toast went that way and I was waiting for it to go that way.
Ah, an easy mistake. But if all else fails,
just take off your clothes and pull out your sausage!
It was a great fun thing to do, and actually very privileged
to be asked to do something like that for Children in Need.
Despite its flaws, it was a fair effort and another classic Children in Need moment.
Let's see what's being served up next.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
In 2008, Sir Terry Wogan was joined by co-host Tess Daly for a very special Strictly Come Dancing.
The bright idea was that Tess and I should have a competition.
Can you think of anything more ridiculous?
Tess and Terry have turned into dancefloor divas and are about
to let their feet do the talking to raise as much money as possible for Children In Need.
Tess was absolutely ...ing it!
-So, it's very, very simple.
-It was tough for Terry, too.
I endured hours of rehearsals trying to remember steps.
# Let me show you... #
Ah, yes, the steps.
# The minute you walked in the joint
# I could see you were a man of distinction
# A real big spender Hey, big spender! #
Tess smashed it. She was amazing.
She had these long, gazelle-like, beautiful tanned legs that were flicking about everywhere.
She was beautiful out on that dancefloor.
Yes, on the night Tess tripped the light fantastic,
and as soon as Anton's back had recovered,
they had to face the toughest judges on television.
What I'm looking for in American Smooth is what I've just seen.
-I love you, Len!
-Like spun gold!
It was fantastic.
That clumsy little duckling
has turned into a sexy swan and proved anyone can dance!
Yes, Arlene, anyone can dance. But Terry isn't just anyone.
Terry, oh, bless Terry.
He had this concentration face when he was going...
Hard work, preparation and hours of rehearsal can pay off.
Just look at the man go.
She's going to fall... He's got her!
And now for the big finale.
Yes, yes, he's walking in a circle!
But for all the spectacle, it just wasn't meant to be.
I was never in the running.
I know Tess flung herself into it most enthusiastically,
because when she won - which she was always going to - she went, "Yes!"
I thought, "Just a minute, I had no idea that you were taking it as seriously as this."
My advice to Terry is I wouldn't do too much dancing any more!
He does not like to lose!
Terry... you are not that good of a dancer!
Maybe not, Barrowman, but Terry's twinkle toes helped raise a record £21 million on the night.
We're nearing the end of the show. Have you all been paying attention?
Well, if not, here's a little reminder.
We've counted down from 50 to 22 and enjoyed 29 unmissable Children In Need moments.
It's been a blast...
..but there's one final moment to complete this show.
It's number 21.
# Now we're back together
# Together... #
In 1988, Neighbours' sweethearts Jason Donavon and Kylie Minogue
topped the charts with the unforgettable Especially For You.
Ten years later, another unforgettable version was released.
# Especially for you
# I want to let you know... #
'I'm a massive Denise fan. I thought she was phenomenal.
'That's when everybody realised she could sing.'
I know it was all tongue in cheek, and they did it quite tongue in cheek.
But if you've ever seen her on the West End stage, that girl can sing.
# ..I still feel the same... #
# Especially for you... #
A lot of viewers thought I was wearing a wig. But no. Always had a thick head of hair, always.
I'm one of TV's most celebrated blondes.
# If dreams were wings, you know I would have flown to you
# To be where you are... #
# No matter how far And now that I'm next to you... #
'You get in the zone, you feel the force of the Don.
'His spirit literally enters you '
and you feel suddenly giddy and you can't help it.
You're in the Dono-zone.
# Now we're back together
# I want to show you
# My heart is oh, so true
# And all the love I have is especially for you... #
'He just made me laugh. Every single expression he pulled.'
He had on the cheesiest hair!
How Denise managed to keep a straight face, I'll never know.
Denise was really enthusiastic. She's got a really good voice.
I'm not so good. I can vaguely carry a tune.
# No more dreaming about tomorrow Forget the loneliness and the sorrow
# And I've got to say it's all because of you
# Now we're back together
# Together... #
It was amazing. At the time we walked out and we did get a big roar.
Suddenly it was a bit Johnny Pop Star.
Yeah, it was good.
Yes, the studio audience and viewers alike enjoyed the laugh,
and Johnny and Denise helped raise over £11 million on the night.
I leapt up on Terry. I don't know why I did that. You know what it was? Relief.
'Terry is one of Earth's most huggable humans.
'I felt like an elaborate network of trusses on his back.'
-I didn't. I'm lying.
-Can I ask you something?
Sorry to do this to you live on air, I think, and I don't know if you all
agree with me, that that should be released as a Christmas single.
'The two of them at that time were so popular as a double act.'
They were taking it seriously.
They were going to go for this.
I thought the song would work again so we thought, "Yeah, we'll put it out as a record."
-You'll release it for Christmas?
-Yes, we'd love to.
-Money to Children In Need. Fantastic!
-We ended up appearing, lifelong ambition,
on Christmas Top Of The Pops, which was extraordinary.
Yes, Johnny, it just goes to show that Children In Need can make dreams come true,
So, there we have it. We've counted down from 50 to 21,
reliving some magical moments from the past 30 years.
Was your favourite there? If not, don't worry.
Join us next time for the all-important top 20,
where we'll complete our countdown
of the Children In Need Top 50 Moments.
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Narrated by Matt Berry, an affectionate and witty look back at the unforgettable moments from Children in Need. The first part of the 50 memorable moments from Children in Need's 30-year history counts down from 50 to 21. It features songs, sketches and standout performances as well as exclusive interviews with Simon Cowell, Richard Hammond, Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating and Sir Terry Wogan, making it a must for all Children in Need fans everywhere.