Sir Terry Wogan and the BBC’s Children In Need appeal show have long been synonymous, thanks to the much-loved TV and radio presenter’s dedication to hosting it every single year since the launch in 1980.
“This year we’d love to raise as much money as we possibly can in honour of the late Sir Terry Wogan”
So it’s no surprise that finding a replacement for the late star, who sadly passed away in January, has been a difficult task for both the charity and appeal show creators.
Though Dermot O’Leary gallantly stepped in last year at the very last minute, after Wogan was forced to pull out due to his poor health, the X Factor presenter has now rejoined Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh on the ITV talent show, leaving him pretty tied up this November.
So, who will be stepping into Wogan’s shoes?
Well, we’re happy to reveal that a decision has finally been made, and none other than BBC chat show favorite Graham Norton will be taking on the challenge of succeeding Wogan.
Graham will be joined by Children In Need regulars Tess Daly and Rochelle Humes, along with new faces Greg James, Marvin Humes and Ade Adepitan.
While discussing his new role, Graham gave a warm nod to Sir Terry, telling reporters: “It is a huge privilege to join the presenting team for the Children in Need Appeal show.
“This year we’d love to raise as much money as we possibly can in honour of the late Sir Terry Wogan.”
Rochelle also added: “I will never forget the amazing experience of presenting Children in Need with Sir Terry Wogan. Children In Need is truly one of the highlights of my year and I can’t wait for this year’s show.”
In memory of Terry Wogan, who lost his battle with cancer early this year, the annual Children In Need Rocks concert will be held in his honour, with Take That, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs and more, all performing songs that were special to Wogan over the years.
The gig will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 1 November, with the Children In Need appeal show airing on BBC One Friday 18 November.
To get involved in the fundraising this year, visit bbcchildreninneed.co.uk