Text Santa Christmas Special

by Lisa McGarry

Hosted by TV favourites Ant & Dec and later Holly Willoughby, the Christmas Eve Text Santa show, is a three-hour, fun-filled entertainment extravaganza. The show will combine surprise studio items, performances and amazing pre-recorded entertainment content that celebrates the spirit of goodwill and good fortune at Christmas.

The hosts will be joined by special guests from the world of music, TV and show business. Tune in to see comedy favourite Paddy McGuinness’ Panto challenge, where he will pop up in as many pantos as possible across the country, hilarious surprises from Britain’s best loved soap stars and an exclusive performance from the cast of The Only Way is Essex, who’ll be adding to the festive fun performing their brand new Christmas single, a cover of Wham!’s classic ‘Last Christmas’ and much, much more.

The aim of Text Santa is to raise awareness and money for those most vulnerable during the festive period and will appeal to the public to raise money mainly via text donation. The programmes will highlight the work of charities and the Text Santa appeal while encouraging viewers to text donate throughout with a host of charity films endorsed by ITV faces. The appeal will be promoted through primetime programming on ITV and supported by activity from key partners including ASDA and Vodafone in stores nationwide. Vodafone UK is delivering Text Santa through their JustTextGiving service. This means that anyone on any network can Text Santa – all messages are free to send and every penny donated will go straight to the Text Santa charities. UK tax payers can also claim Gift Aid on their donations. Birds Eye is the official broadcast sponsor of both Text Santa shows on the 11th & 24th December. The Text Santa appeal is working on behalf of a chosen group of five national charities and four hospitals for sick children. The confirmed UK wide charities are Carers UK, Crisis, Help the Hospices, Samaritans and WRVS plus Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity, Helping Hand, Noah’s Ark Appeal and Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

Saturday, 24 December 2011, 7:30PM – 10:00PM ITV1

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