Celebrities support festive fundraiser


Text Santa (Friday, December 20, ITV, 8pm)

What’s It All About? It’s a three-hour-long fundraising extravaganza filled with celebrities doing all manner of silly things, as well as festive performances and tear-jerking reports about those who stand to benefit from the money raised.

Stars of Coronation Street perform a special version of Fairytale of Weatherfield - featuring Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, while the cast of Emmerdale do their bit by appearing in an exclusive sketch with a Text Santa twist.

Meanwhile, Mr McGuinness will no doubt feel right at home, as we’re treated to a unique edition of Take Me Out, with older people looking for their perfect partner for Christmas.

There’ll also be a chance to see the results of the Big Reunion Christmas single. Blue, 5ive, 911, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz, B*Witched and Liberty X have been back in the studio, recording Wizzard’s hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.

Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley and Paddy McGuinness are presenting, hoping to raise funds for Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.