Bon Jovi have matched fan donations of US$15,000 for the BBC’s Children in Need charity.

The classic rockers played an intimate gig for 100 fans at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale studios in West London earlier this week, ahead of the charity’s annual telethon. The audience was made up of competition winners, and the band handed over the cash in the form of a giant check.

BBC’s Children in Need spectacular live appeal telethon show returns on Friday 19 November at 7.00pm on BBC One, with a variety of entertainment acts, all doing their bit to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

Hosted by Sir Terry Wogan and Tess Daly, the seven hour show will be broadcast live from BBC Television Centre and will feature some of the UK’s top TV, musical and theatrical personalities and acts.

Highlights on the night include:

  • Starring appearances from the cast of Coronation Street and EastEnders
  • A live performance from JLS of the official BBC Children in Need single, Love You More
  • The recently reformed Take That will perform their new single, ‘The Flood’, and in a BBC Children in Need exclusive, will sing one of their classic hits live for the first time since regrouping
  • A sneak preview of the Doctor Who Christmas special
  • An extra special pop-star edition of Strictly Come Dancing
  • Additional live performances from Cheryl Cole, Alexandra Burke, Westlife, The Script, The Saturdays, Ellie Goulding and Maroon 5. More acts to be announced shortly
  • Peter André performs a tribute to Michael Jackson
  • The ladies from Loose Women give Girls Aloud a run for their money with their rendition of ‘The Promise’
  • And, of course a very, very special, live performance by the BBC Newsreaders

The program will also feature broadcasts from around the UK, as BBC presenters join their local communities to catch up with some energetic and creative fundraising exploits.

John Barrowman will present this year’s extravaganza from Glasgow where the cast of hit musical We Will Rock You will be among the acts joining Pudsey at the SECC as BBC Children in Need Rocks.

All girl group The Saturdays and Only Men Aloud will be brightening up BBC Children in Need in Wales, to celebrate a very special BBC Children in Need night live from Wales’s Millennium Stadium. The half-time performance, presented by The One Show’s Alex Jones, will see The Saturdays and all-male choir Only Men Aloud wowing the crowds during half time of the autumn international rugby match Wales v Fiji.

Viewers in Northern Ireland will be treated to a spectacular show from the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

At the heart of every Appeal are the amazing armies of fundraisers across the nation and this year their call to arms is ‘Show Your Spots, Let’s Raise Lots’ Showing your spots doesn’t mean doing anything difficult, expensive or scary, it just means doing something outside of your normal routine to help us raise money, which could be as simple as wearing spots, or as daring as a sponsored abseil.

BBC Children in Need is also being simulcast on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

Find more information here.

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