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Last year, "Children in Need" viewers and listeners helped raise over Â£20 million. Now it's time for Terry Wogan and Sue Cook to fire the starting gun on the 1992 Pudsey Olympics and play host to some of the top names in entertainment.
Noel Edmonds, Right Said Fred, Robert Palmer and the cast of "Casualty" are among the stars asking for help to improve the quality of life for thousands of Britain's disadvantaged children.
In London Andi Peters greets fundraisers at Television Centre while Lionel Blair, Cannon and Ball and Bananarama join in around the UK.
At 7.15 Peter Simon and Shane Richie referee a custard pie shoot-out while Blue Peter veterans John Noakes, Peter Purves and Valerie Singleton reunite to join John Leslie In Search of Bill and Ben. FEATURE: page 43
7.30pm South East
From its Elstree studio comes a "Top of the Pops" like you've never seen it before featuring: during the evening, Bananarama and the Metropolitan Police choir, pop sensation East 17 and the 'Madonna of opera' Lesley Garrett. There will be stars from EastEnders and Eldorado, and Claire Rayner will be giving advice to the rich and famous.
Linford Christie joins Steve Cram and the Radio Times relay team to deliver a Children in Need flame to Terry Wogan after 14 days and over 750 miles on the road.
Frank Bruno sees fair play as Noel Edmonds tries to win your special pledges by 'grabbing a grand' for "Children in Need". Right Said Fred offer a deeply dippy invitation to lunch and at 8.30, Bobby Davro referees a long-distance karaoke contest between impressionists from Wales and Northern Ireland.
9.00pm Nine O'Clock News With Martyn Lewis.
Regional News; Weekend Weather Bernard Davey
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"Children in Need" continues with "Birds of a Feather" stars Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph bringing back burlesque, the "Casualty" gang presenting a musical medical extravaganza, and Jeff Banks hosting the all-star
"Children in Need Clothes Show".
Children of Courage and Achievement
Esther Rantzen and Gavin Campbell honour some very special youngsters.
11.35pm South East
More music and comedy from the "Top of the Pops" studio; the Frigidaires, the Bronte Sisters, music from Bolivia, plus Larry Adler, Roy Castle and the West End show "From a Jack to a King".
12.00 Cabaret Time
Terry Wogan and Sue Cook introduce two hours of top-flight entertainment starring Five Guys Named Moe, Robert Palmer and the cast of "Annie Get Your Gun". Marion Montgomery fronts a Trans-UK Jazz Band, Peter Snow proves that he's the king of the swingers and Gloria Hunniford, Leslie Grantham, Eddie Large and Mary Millar present their version of "Guys and Dolls". Beverley Craven and Tony Slattery drop in and Bob Holness hosts the final of the Pudsey Olympics.
Including at 1.15am a roundup from the regions on how the appeal has gone, and at 1.45 a look back on some of the highlights of the evening.
1.55am Grand Total
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