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The Official BBC Children in Need Medley


The Official BBC Children in Need Medley

"The Official BBC Children in Need Medley"
Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band
Released 21 November 2009 (2009-11-21) (United Kingdom)
Format CD single, digital download, DVD single
Genre Charity
Length 4:30
Label Sony
Writer(s) Various
Certification Gold (BPI)[1]
Peter Kay singles chronology

"Once Upon a Christmas Song"
"'The Official BBC Children in Need Medley'"
"I Know Him So Well"

Children in Need Singles chronology
"Do Ya/Stay with Me"
"The Official BBC Children in Need Medley"
"Love You More"

"The Official BBC Children in Need Medley" is a single by Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band. It is the official Children in Need Single for 2009, and was released on 21 November 2009. The song was shown for the first time on Children in Need 2009. The cover art is a parody of the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. The single has sold over 400,000 copies in the UK, earning it Gold status from the BPI.


The project was carried out in top secret at the request of executive producer Peter Kay. Celebrities and voice artists who voiced characters' original vocals were brought in without being told details of the project. When contacted by Cartoon Network Studios Casey Kasem agreed to take part on the condition that Shaggy was shown to be a vegetarian and asked not to be given credit as he was officially retired.[2][3]

The project took 132 hours to mix the vocals of the seven different songs, eight months to animate, and around two years in total. Many of the original character models had been packed away, given to museums or burnt. Where possible the originals were found and transported to Chapman Studios in Altrincham from all over the world. In cases where the original models no longer existed, such as the characters from Camberwick Green and Trumpton,[4] new ones were created.

Because permission was not given by Royal Mail to use their logo, Postman Pat's van was a modified model with no logo.[5]

The single raised at least £170,000 for Children in Need after more than 265,000 CD, DVD and download sales by mid-December 2009.[6]


The single is a medley of multiple songs played out in the following order:

  1. "Can You Feel It" - originally performed by The Jacksons (1980) (0:00 - 1:08)
  2. "Don't Stop" - originally performed by Fleetwood Mac (1976) (1:08 - 2:27)
  3. "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" from the film Slumdog Millionaire - originally performed by A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls (2009) (2:12 - 2:41)
  4. "Tubthumping" - originally performed by Chumbawamba (1997) (2:41 - 3:00)
  5. "Never Forget" - originally performed by Take That (1995) (3:00 - 3:18)
  6. "Hey Jude" - originally performed by The Beatles (1968) (3:18 - 4:30)
  7. "One Day Like This" - originally performed by Elbow (2008) (3:37 - 4:30)

Track listing

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "The Official BBC Children in Need Medley" (Written by Jackie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Christine McVie, A.R. Rahman, Sampooran Kalra, Tanvi Shah, Judith Abbott, Duncan Bruce, Paul Greco, Anne Holden, Darren Hamer, Nigel Hunter, Louise Watts, Allan Whalley, Gary Barlow, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter, Pete Turner, Richard Jupp) 4:30
2. "The Unofficial BBC Children in Need Medley" (Written by Kim Goody, Alan Coates) 4:11
DVD single
No. Title Length
1. "The Official BBC Children in Need Medley" (Video) 4:30
2. "The Unofficial BBC Children in Need Medley" (Video) 4:11

Release history

Region Date Label Format
United Kingdom 21 November 2009 Sony Digital download
23 November 2009 Sony CD single, DVD single

Chart performance

The single entered the UK Singles Chart on download sales alone at number 18. On iTunes, the video was being downloaded almost three times as much as the single. Video sales are not included in the UK Singles Chart,[7] so it was felt that the single might not chart as highly as expected, however it climbed to number 1 in its second week on chart after it was released on CD and DVD. Although it peaked very highly in the UK Singles Chart, it peaked surprisingly low in the UK Download Chart, at number 30. The high physical sales of the single meant that it held off Jason Derülo's "Whatcha Say" in its first week and Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" in its second week. On the third week, the single dropped to number 2 after it was knocked off the number 1 spot by Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance". In the fourth week, the single fell to number 4 and then number 11 in its fifth week. In its sixth week, the song dropped 24 places to 35. The song entered the European Hot 100 at number 58, the next week it climbed 51 places to number 7, and peaked at number 5, the song then dropped to number 11 the next week. The song entered the Irish Singles Chart at number 25. The following week the song moved up to 19, and peaked at number 6.

Chart (2009) Position
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[8]
UK Singles Chart[9]
Irish Singles Chart[10]

End-of-year charts

Chart (2009) Position
UK Singles Chart[11] 27
Preceded by
"You Are Not Alone" by The X Factor finalists 2009
UK Singles Chart number-one single
29 November 2009 – 12 December 2009
Succeeded by
"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga

Music video

The music video shows the Animated All Star Band meeting and recording the song in a studio, parodying other charity songs in the style of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", with Big Chris, the character voiced by Kay in Roary the Racing Car, first arranging the recording session and then leading the singing.

The music video features over 100 animated characters from various production companies. All characters are voiced by their original UK voice artists including Ringo Starr as Thomas the Tank Engine.[12] The only exception is Scooby-Doo who is voiced by Frank Welker since original voice artist Don Messick died in 1997.[13] Most of the contributions are stop motion characters. Those who are not are displayed on a TV screen within the stop motion world "via satellite", including SpongeBob SquarePants, Shaggy Rogers, Scooby-Doo and Ben Tennyson.

The Video starts one night, where Big Chris is talking to someone on the phone, saying he wants to get everyone together for the recording, Bob the Builder sings the first song, joined by Postman Pat and Fireman Sam. Fifi sings Jai Ho, accompanied by other female characters, as well as Ajay Bains before realizing his mistake and joining the men for their rendition of Tubthumping and then the whole cast sing a montage of Take That's Never Forget, The Beatles's Hey Jude and Elbow's One Day Like This. At the end of the video, Chippy Minton appears only to be informed by Big Chris that they were just finished.


Characters with an asterisk (*) after their names appear on the cover montage but not in the music video itself.

External links

  • Children in Need BBC


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