Friday 27 November 1987

…Today was BBC Children In Need Day, and this year they are aiming to raise
a total of £10 million.
I’m trying to get mum and dad to pledge some money…

Even if they did, it wasn’t enough. Only £8.7m was ultimately raised, a reminder of when these telethons just as often fell short as exceeded expectations.

Footage from 1987’s Children in Need is easy to find on YouTube, thanks to a million video recorders having clicked into action in anticipation of a grisly gaggle of has-beens. No, not Wogan and Patrick Moore – the other lot:

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