Children In Need 2019: Annual telethon suffers technical difficulties in opening minutes

Some of the UK’s favourite celebrities gathered on Friday night for the BBC‘s annual Children In Need campaign – raising funds for disadvantaged youngsters across the country.

But 2019’s broadcast got off to an iffy start when the show suffered technical difficulties 20 minutes into the all-night-long transmission.

A little boy was standing by to play his violin for the millions of viewers at home, asked to explain why he was taking part in the evening’s events.

Give us a tune (or don't): Children In Need 2019 suffered MAJOR technical difficulties in its opening minutes as a younger violinist was cut off as he started to play live on air

Give us a tune (or don't): Children In Need 2019 suffered MAJOR technical difficulties in its opening minutes as a younger violinist was cut off as he started to play live on air

Apologies: Hosts Tess Daly and Ade Adepitan blamed 'wet leaves in the WiFi' for the glitch

Apologies: Hosts Tess Daly and Ade Adepitan blamed 'wet leaves in the WiFi' for the glitch

Give us a tune (or don’t): Children In Need 2019 suffered MAJOR technical difficulties in its opening minutes as a younger violinist was cut off as he started to play live on air. Hosts Tess Daly and Ade Adepitan blamed ‘wet leaves in the WiFi’ for the glitch

The youngster started to say something about his neighbour, only for his microphone to be switched off.

Interrupted by the presenter, unable to get a word in, he was told to play his violin without any context.

But the little boy had barely played a note when the screen cut off and a VT of Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain.

Moments later, hosts for the evening Tess Daly and Ade Adepitan were forced to apologise for the technical gaffe, with Tess explaining that there were ‘difficulties in London’, while Ade joked ‘there are wet leaves in the WiFi’.

Cut off: The youngster started to say something about his neighbour, only for his microphone to be switched off. Interrupted by the presenter, unable to get a word in, he was told to play his violin without any context

Cut off: The youngster started to say something about his neighbour, only for his microphone to be switched off. Interrupted by the presenter, unable to get a word in, he was told to play his violin without any context

Cut off: The youngster started to say something about his neighbour, only for his microphone to be switched off. Interrupted by the presenter, unable to get a word in, he was told to play his violin without any context

Oh dear! But 2019's broadcast got off to an iffy start when the show suffered technical difficulties 20 minutes into the all-night-long transmission

Oh dear! But 2019's broadcast got off to an iffy start when the show suffered technical difficulties 20 minutes into the all-night-long transmission

Chic: Ade wore a dashing tartan suit while Tess stunned in a sparkling boob tube and black slacks

Chic: Ade wore a dashing tartan suit while Tess stunned in a sparkling boob tube and black slacks

Oh dear! But 2019’s broadcast got off to an iffy start when the show suffered technical difficulties 20 minutes into the all-night-long transmission 

Slammed: Viewers weren't impressed with the glitches

Slammed: Viewers weren't impressed with the glitches

Slammed: Viewers weren’t impressed with the glitches

Viewers took to Twitter to slam the glitches, with one posting, ‘This is a bit of a mess, init?’ as another penned: ‘That was awful. Those poor children that have worked so hard to raise money. I hope you go back and let that child play his violin!’

The glitch occurred during a regional segment off-site, and reportedly only affected the London region with the vast majority of viewers not noticing there were issues.

Prior to this gaffe, the programme opened with the cast of Big: The Musical, who sang a medley from the West End show.

Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly took to the stage to commence proceedings and poignantly featured four young people who have previously been supported by BBC Children In Need funded projects. 

Stunning: Tess styled her blonde locks in glamorous waves that cascaded over her shoulders, while she wore a light palette of make-up to highlight her natural beauty

Stunning: Tess styled her blonde locks in glamorous waves that cascaded over her shoulders, while she wore a light palette of make-up to highlight her natural beauty

Stunning: Tess styled her blonde locks in glamorous waves that cascaded over her shoulders, while she wore a light palette of make-up to highlight her natural beauty

Hit the ground running: Other than these issues, the programme opened with the cast of Big: The Musical who sang a medley from the West End show

Hit the ground running: Other than these issues, the programme opened with the cast of Big: The Musical who sang a medley from the West End show

Hit the ground running: Other than these issues, the programme opened with the cast of Big: The Musical who sang a medley from the West End show

Got the moves: Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh took to the stage to commence proceedings

Got the moves: Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh took to the stage to commence proceedings

Got the moves: Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh took to the stage to commence proceedings

Got the moves: Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh took to the stage to commence proceedings

Got the moves: Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh took to the stage to commence proceedings

Jazz hands: The Girls Aloud and The Wanted singers delighted the audience and viewers watching at home

Jazz hands: The Girls Aloud and The Wanted singers delighted the audience and viewers watching at home

Jazz hands: The Girls Aloud and The Wanted singers delighted the audience and viewers watching at home

Fun: Before the show kicked off, Tess took to Instagram to share a beaming selfie with the wheelchair basketball player and gushed - 'Got my @adeadepitan at the ready!'

Fun: Before the show kicked off, Tess took to Instagram to share a beaming selfie with the wheelchair basketball player and gushed - 'Got my @adeadepitan at the ready!'

Fun: Before the show kicked off, Tess took to Instagram to share a beaming selfie with the wheelchair basketball player and gushed – ‘Got my @adeadepitan at the ready!’

Paralympic champion Ade wore a dashing tartan suit while Tess stunned in a sparkling boob tube and black slacks, styling her blonde locks in glamorous waves and wearing a light palette of make-up to highlight her natural beauty. 

Choosing to keep her look simple, the Strictly Come Dancing co-host accessorised with a gold necklace and an array of matching bracelets and rings. 

Before the show kicked off, Tess took to Instagram to share a beaming selfie with the wheelchair basketball player and gushed: ‘Got my @adeadepitan at the ready!’ 

The pair welcomed One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson on stage to sing his latest single We Made It, from his solo album Walls. 

Mark Wright was seen taking a group of young football lovers to meet some of England’s squad to play a round of soccer with a twist: on crutches! The moving VT saw Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling delighted the children from the England Amputee Football Association.

Next, there was slime galore when presenters Sam and Mark brought children’s TV favourite – Crackerjack – back from the past, before a Doctor Who superfan was brouhght on stage to meet the cast of the sci-fi series.

Score! Mark Wright took a group of young football lovers to play a round of soccer with a twist - on crutches

Score! Mark Wright took a group of young football lovers to play a round of soccer with a twist - on crutches

Score! Mark Wright took a group of young football lovers to play a round of soccer with a twist - on crutches

Score! Mark Wright took a group of young football lovers to play a round of soccer with a twist - on crutches

Score! Mark Wright took a group of young football lovers to play a round of soccer with a twist – on crutches

Thrilled: The boys were surprised as they met some of England's squad to enjoy a kick-about

Thrilled: The boys were surprised as they met some of England's squad to enjoy a kick-about

Thrilled: The boys were surprised as they met some of England’s squad to enjoy a kick-about

Stars of the show: Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole surprised young drama enthusiast Anastasia on stage

Stars of the show: Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole surprised young drama enthusiast Anastasia on stage

Stars of the show: Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole surprised young drama enthusiast Anastasia on stage

Stars of the show Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole surprised young drama enthusiast Anastasia on stage.

Having burst into tears while speaking to co-host Tess about how acting, and the charity, helped change her life and rebuild her confidence, the TV presenter asked Anastasia to look at the screen to receive a special message.

The Doctor Who cast then appeared on the big screen, as Jodie told her: ‘Hi Anastasia, we’re so sorry we’re not there with you tonight but we hope you’re having the most amazing evening, we’re in America shooting the next series.’

Mandip then claimed: ‘We really wanted to chat with you, but the signal is bad here so just bare with us.’

Tosin admitted it was ‘really rubbish’, and asked Jodie if she could sort it out, to which she said ‘I’m the Doctor, I can do this, hang on’.

Emotional: After surprising Anastasia, Jodie mirrored the little girl's delight as she ran up and hugged her, before Anastasia also hugged Mandip and Tosin

Emotional: After surprising Anastasia, Jodie mirrored the little girl's delight as she ran up and hugged her, before Anastasia also hugged Mandip and Tosin

Emotional: After surprising Anastasia, Jodie mirrored the little girl’s delight as she ran up and hugged her, before Anastasia also hugged Mandip and Tosin

Beautiful moment: Jodie gave Anastasia her own sonic screwdriver as she looked like she 'could be the next timelord, so you're going to need your very own sonic screwdriver'

Beautiful moment: Jodie gave Anastasia her own sonic screwdriver as she looked like she 'could be the next timelord, so you're going to need your very own sonic screwdriver'

Beautiful moment: Jodie gave Anastasia her own sonic screwdriver as she looked like she ‘could be the next timelord, so you’re going to need your very own sonic screwdriver’

Good cause: The 2019 appeal show helps raise money for disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK

Good cause: The 2019 appeal show helps raise money for disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK

Good cause: The 2019 appeal show helps raise money for disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK

Pointing her sonic screwdriver towards the screen, it then parted in two and the trio revealed themselves to Anastasia, who screamed in delight.

Jodie mirrored the little girl’s delight as she ran up and hugged her, before Anastasia also hugged Mandip and Tosin. When asked what she wanted to say to ‘an actual timelord’, Anastasia gushed to Jodie: ‘You’re amazing.’ 

Sweet: Viewers took to Twitter to gush about the segment

Sweet: Viewers took to Twitter to gush about the segment

Sweet: Viewers took to Twitter to gush about the segment

The Broadchurch star then said to her: ‘Do you know what, Anastasia, we have heard so much about you, and we heard you’ve learnt so many things at the Hackney Shed that you could probably teach us for our next season. 

‘But we also wanted to bring you a little something, because you look like you could be the next timelord, so you’re going to need your very own sonic screwdriver. From one doctor to the next, your very own.’

Taking to Twitter to gush about the segment, one viewer said: ‘THIS. THIS is why a female doctor is SO important. This is why Jodie Whittaker will always be a legend.’

While another wrote: ‘On Children in Need, Jodie Whittaker just surprised a young shy girl who enjoys drama and Doctor Who. It was so lovely to see her reaction when she saw the 13th Doctor stood in front of her. I was positively beaming, as I know how I would have felt when I was little. So exciting.’

One viewer gushed: ‘Jodie Whittaker and the cast of Doctor Who coming to Children In Need to surprise a fan has got me sobbing.’ 

Following these emotional scenes, hosting duties were taken over by Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton, with Mel  being roped into taking part in a circus-themed routine. 

They welcomed presenter Matt Baker into the studio, fresh from his Rickshaw Challenge, which was revealed to have raised a phenomenal £8,521,68 – the most amount raised by the challenge ever.

Presenting duties: Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton posed for snaps backstage at BBC Children in Need's 2019 Appeal night at Elstree Studios

Presenting duties: Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton posed for snaps backstage at BBC Children in Need's 2019 Appeal night at Elstree Studios

Presenting duties: Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton posed for snaps backstage at BBC Children in Need’s 2019 Appeal night at Elstree Studios

Matt was left speechless, exclaiming: ‘It is totally remarkable actually!’

Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, was live in the studio to celebrate the remarkable fundraising efforts of schools up and down the UK. This year, Joe teamed up with the charity as its first ever Schools Ambassador to inspire and empower thousands of schoolchildren to get fundraising.

Next up was the annual ‘Strictly Come Dancing meets…’ contest, which saw soap cast members from EastEnders take the challenge on, following last year’s Boyzone special. 

Moving: When asked what she wanted 'to say to an actual timelord', Anastasia gushed to Jodie - 'You're amazing'

Moving: When asked what she wanted 'to say to an actual timelord', Anastasia gushed to Jodie - 'You're amazing'

Moving: When asked what she wanted ‘to say to an actual timelord’, Anastasia gushed to Jodie – ‘You’re amazing’

Crooner: One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson took to the stage to sing his latest single

Crooner: One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson took to the stage to sing his latest single

Crooner: One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson took to the stage to sing his latest single

New single: Louis delighted fans with his new track We Made It, from his solo album Walls

New single: Louis delighted fans with his new track We Made It, from his solo album Walls

New single: Louis delighted fans with his new track We Made It, from his solo album Walls

New single: Louis delighted fans with his new track We Made It, from his solo album Walls

New single: Louis delighted fans with his new track We Made It, from his solo album Walls 

Taking over: Following these emotional scenes, hosting duties were taken over by Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton

Taking over: Following these emotional scenes, hosting duties were taken over by Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton

Taking over: Following these emotional scenes, hosting duties were taken over by Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton

Thrilling: Mel was roped into taking part in a circus-themed routine

Thrilling: Mel was roped into taking part in a circus-themed routine

Thrilling: Mel was roped into taking part in a circus-themed routine

Thrilling: Mel was roped into taking part in a circus-themed routine

Thrilling: Mel was roped into taking part in a circus-themed routine

Ricky Champ (partnered with Luba Mushtuk), Louisa Lytton (partnered with Gorka Marquez), Maisie Smith (partnered with Kevin Clifton) and Rudolph Walker (partnered with Nancy Xu) took to the dance floor in a bid to win the Pudsey Glitter Ball, performing to Dancing In The Street.

The celebs had two weeks to train before their performance in front of the judging panel – Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, who took part in a skit at the start of the routine as the landlord of the Queen Vic.

After the panel conferred, Shirley revealed the results. The head judge said: ‘I want to thank all of you for giving up your time for Children In Need. All of the couples were absolutely brilliant, this was a close battle but the champion for this evening will be… Maisie and Kevin.’

This comes as Kevin – who won 2018’s main Strictly show with partner-turned-girlfriend Stacey Dooley – left the current season of the show extremely early, having been partnered with Anneka Rice.

Star Wars actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega made an appearance on the show, as they challenged YouTuber Colin Furze to build a landspeeder from the hit space opera franchise.

Rylan Clark-Neal reaped the rewards of his 24 hour karaoke challenge, raising over £2 million thanks to the listeners of BBC Radio 2. 

The 2019 Appeal show marks the crescendo of this year’s fundraising activities for the charity event with a special night of family entertainment to help raise money for children and their families.

Children In Need has been broadcasting its charity appeals on the BBC since 1980, raising over £600 million in donations.

Last year saw the charity receive over £50.5 million in donations, surpassing 2017’s record-breaking number of £50.1 million.

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