Rahul Sharma (Editor)

Children in Need 2005

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Voices of
Alan Dedicoat

Camera setup

Picture format

Final episode date
19 November 2005


Country of origin
United Kingdom

Original network
BBC One, BBC Two

First episode date
18 November 2005


BBC Television Centre RAF Brize Norton

Presented by
Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Natasha Kaplinsky, Matt Allwright

Natasha Kaplinsky, Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Alan Dedicoat, Matt Allwright

Children in Need 2007, Children in Need 2006, Children in Need 2004, Children in Need 2011, Children in Need Rocks the

Eastenders bothered for children in need 2005

Children in Need 2005 was a campaign held in the United Kingdom to raise money for the charity Children in Need. It culmunated in a live broadcast on BBC One on the evening of Friday 18 November and was hosted by Terry Wogan, Natasha Kaplinsky, Fearne Cotton and, from RAF Brize Norton, Matt Allwright. The voice over was Alan Dedicoat. A total of £17,235,256 was raised by the closing minute.


According to the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB), overnight ratings suggested that 10.7 million viewers were tuned into BBC One from 9.00pm to 9.15pm (a 45.1% audience share), the slot in which the Doctor Who mini-episode was broadcast in most regions. This represented the highest ratings that Children in Need had received in eight years.

Artist performances

  • Girls Aloud performed their song Biology on stage at RAF Brize Norton
  • Katie Melua performed a cover of Canned Heat's 1968 song On the Road Again
  • KT Tunstall performed Suddenly I See live from Glasgow
  • Pussycat Dolls performed their version of Sway
  • Madonna performed Get Together and Hung Up
  • The Corrs performed Old Town
  • Also appearing were Status Quo, Westlife (live from Belfast), Sugababes (live from Wrexham), Rod Stewart, Craig David, Bryan Adams and Melanie C, and Katherine Jenkins and G4 and ZOO.

    Cast performances

  • The Cast of Emmerdale performed their version of High Society
  • The BBC News team performed their own rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Amy Nuttall (Chloe Atkinson in Emmerdale) sang numbers from My Fair Lady
  • The cast of radio soap The Archers performed a live episode on stage.
  • The London cast of The Lion King, led by Brown Lindiwe Mkhzi, performed Circle of Life.
  • The cast of Bad Girls performed their version of Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock"
  • Others

  • Bruce Forsyth presented a special of Strictly Come Dancing called Strictly Tap Dancing.
  • Lauren Cooper picked a fight with Peggy Mitchell in The Queen Vic' in a special EastEnders short starring Catherine Tate, Barbara Windsor, Lacey Turner and Kacey Ainsworth.
  • David Tennant began his adventures as the Tenth Doctor in a special short episode of Doctor Who also starring Billie Piper.
  • The premiere of the Texas's promotional video for their song Sleep starring Peter Kay.
  • Jon Culshaw lampooned Terry Wogan and Tony Blair in sketch featuring Blair himself making a plea for people to donate.
  • Kim Medcalf performed a big band version of Soft Cell's Tainted Love.
  • Liam Mower performed electricity from Billy Elliot The Musical.
  • In a UK television première of the illusion, magician Scott Penrose performed The Impossible Sawing, a new "box-less" version of the Sawing a Woman in Half illusion, on host Fearne Cotton.
  • Official single

    Liberty X recorded the official single for 2005's appeal. The band recorded a cover of Shalamar's 1982 song A Night to Remember for the charity. The single peaked at Number 6 on the UK singles chart.


    Children in Need 2005 Wikipedia