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BBC Children in Need 2020

Short film: 15th October 7:30, Appeal night: 13th November.

JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
it’s quite strange though that with no post news Children in Need they’ve still given Graham Norton the week off

I think Graham has a certain number of shows he has to produce per year for the BBC and so this is one of those weeks off in his BBC Studios contract. He would be off that Friday whether there is Children in Need night or not.
DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Or, when they commissioned the current series of Graham's show, they didn't know or even expect CiN to finish early, so it wasn't booked. Sure, they've changed the schedules now, but that doesn't mean they can automatically add another show on to the list, or even that the main personnel/facilities are available. Then money comes into it, I know of cases where both the production team and channel have been happy to produce another episode of a programme above the contract agreement, but not been able to come to an agreement on price, so it's not gone ahead in the end.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Presumably though the BBC have known for a while CiN would only run till 10pm so they could have looked to do something more after the news just to compensate. Typical though of the BBC for not seeing the solution right in front of their face.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Typical though of the BBC for not seeing the solution right in front of their face.

How do you know they didn't even try?
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JL
JamesLaverty1925 Central (East) East Midlands Today
The problem for Children in Need in recent years has been that a large chunk of the viewers leave the show at 10pm and never return, it always felt very flat for me, the post Ten O'Clock News slot since they moved to Elstree Studios.

Back in the day the post news slot would always mean looking forward to the BBC newsreaders routine, which really was the highlight of the evening, but apart from that, nearly all the best sketches and routines were saved for the early evening section.

In recent years have you noticed Children in Need finishing earlier than the usual 2am finish - past number of years they were off after midnight, with a usual late night repeat of the Children in Need concert.


The BBC Newsreaders was always the highlight of the night for me, you usually got one of the newer West End Musicals coming in to do a performance after their curtain call for the night.
SJ
sjames Anglia (East) Look East
Hopefully the shorter length of show will be an advantage and producer a tighter more fun show. The last few years it's felt like there's been not enough material to fill the 6-7 hour time frame and there's been a lot of drawn out filler.

When ITV was doing Text Santa, their shows were only about 3 hours long and had a much better fast-paced fun feel to them, it fact it's a shame that stopped. Even The Big Night In earlier this year worked quite well in a short turnaround too.
GE
thegeek Founding member London London
RDJ posted:
It’s a shame they couldn’t make use of the empty theatres and the many of those working in the arts currently furloughed or out of work to at least put in some musical performances for charity.

Nonetheless with half a telethon night, no post-pub donations, mass unemployment and minimal opportunity for retail partners to raise money, there will likely be quite the shortfall in the total this year. But at least they’re bothering.

Didn't the 2008 appeal increase donations on the previous year, despite the financial crash leading to lots of predictions of a lower total?
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BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Absolutely - Brits tend to dig deeper when times are tougher.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
JO
Jonwo
The Big Night In raised a lot of money as a telethon as well. Just goes to show that even in times like this, people can be very generous.
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
RDJ posted:
It’s a shame they couldn’t make use of the empty theatres and the many of those working in the arts currently furloughed or out of work to at least put in some musical performances for charity.

Nonetheless with half a telethon night, no post-pub donations, mass unemployment and minimal opportunity for retail partners to raise money, there will likely be quite the shortfall in the total this year. But at least they’re bothering.

And merchandise that's stuck in closed shops or sealed off in supermarkets for being non-essential.
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That stuff will now end up being sold after the appeal is over, and quite likely on clearance meaning less money for the charity.
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VA
valley
JAS84 posted:
RDJ posted:
It’s a shame they couldn’t make use of the empty theatres and the many of those working in the arts currently furloughed or out of work to at least put in some musical performances for charity.

Nonetheless with half a telethon night, no post-pub donations, mass unemployment and minimal opportunity for retail partners to raise money, there will likely be quite the shortfall in the total this year. But at least they’re bothering.

And merchandise that's stuck in closed shops or sealed off in supermarkets for being non-essential.
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That stuff will now end up being sold after the appeal is over, and quite likely on clearance meaning less money for the charity.

Only “non-essential” in Wales, though.
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JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Not true - clothes shops in England will be closed as of tomorrow too.
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