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"The Official BBC Children in Need Medley" is a single by Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band. It is the official Children in Need Single for 2009, and was released on 21 November 2009. The song was shown for the first time on Children in Need 2009. The cover art is a parody of the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.


The project was carried out in top secret at the request of executive producer Peter Kay, taking 132 hours to mix the vocals of the seven different songs, 8 months to animate and around two years in total. Many of the original character models had been packed away, given to museums or burnt. Where possible the originals were found and transported to Chapman Studios in Boltonmarker from all over the world. In cases where the original models no longer existed, such as the characters from Camberwick Green and Trumpton, new ones were created.

Because permission was not given by Royal Mail to use their logo, Postman Pat’s van was a modified model from the most recent series with no logo.


The single is a medley of multiple songs played out in the following order:

Can You Feel It - The Jacksons (0.00 - 1.08)

Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac (1.08 - 2.12)

Jai Ho! - A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls (2.12 - 2.41)

Tubthumping - Chumbawamba (2.41 - 2.59)

Never Forget - Take That (2.59 - 3.18)

Hey Jude - The Beatles (3.18 - 3.37)

One Day Like This - Elbow (3.37 - 4.30)


Release history

Region Date Label Format
United Kingdommarker 21 November 2009 Sony Digital Download
23 November 2009

Sony CD Single, DVD Single

Chart performance

The single entered the UK Singles Chart on download sales alone at #18. On iTunes, the video was being downloaded almost three times as much as the single. Video sales are not included in the UK Singles Chart, so it was felt that the single might not chart as highly as expected, however it climbed to #1 in its second week on chart after it was released on CD and DVD. Although it peaked very highly in the UK Singles Chart, it peaked surprisingly low in the UK Download Chart, at number 30. The song entered the Irish Singles Chart at #25. Its first full week sales of 138,123 copies helped it to reach the summit of the UK Singles Chart rising 17 places from it's previous position the week before.
Chart Position
UK Singles Chart
Irish Singles Chart

Music video

The music video shows the Animated All Star Band meeting and recording the song in a studio, parodying other charity songs in the style of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas?, with Big Chris, the character voiced by Kay in Roary the Racing Car, first arranging the recording session and then leading the singing.

The music video features over 100 animated characters from various different production companies. All characters are voiced by their original UK voice artists, including Ringo Starr as Thomas the Tank Engine The only exception is Scooby-Doo who is voiced by Frank Welker since original voice artist Don Messick died in 1997. Most of the contributions are Stop motion characters. Those who are not are displayed on a TV screen within the stop motion world "via satellite".


  • Other incidental characters
    • 5 unnamed photographers
    • 1 cameraman
    • 1 man at mixing desk

Characters with an asterisk (*) after their names appear on the cover montage but not in the music video itself.

External links



  1. [1] Interview mentioning burnt Trumpton modles

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