Text Santa

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Text Santa
Text Santa.svg
The current Text Santa logo
FormatEntertainment
Charity
Presented byPhillip Schofield
Christine Bleakley
Ant & Dec
Holly Willoughby
Paddy McGuinness (2012–)
Opening theme"My Favourite Time of Year" by The Florin Street Band
Composer(s)Leigh Haggerwood
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes8 (inc. preview and highlight shows)
Production
Location(s)The London Studios
Running time65, 150 minutes (2011)
180 minutes (2012)
185 minutes (2013)
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9: 1080i (HDTV)
Original run11 December 2011 (2011-12-11) – present
Chronology
Related showsFrom the Heart
This Morning
External links
Website
 
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Text Santa
Text Santa.svg
The current Text Santa logo
FormatEntertainment
Charity
Presented byPhillip Schofield
Christine Bleakley
Ant & Dec
Holly Willoughby
Paddy McGuinness (2012–)
Opening theme"My Favourite Time of Year" by The Florin Street Band
Composer(s)Leigh Haggerwood
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes8 (inc. preview and highlight shows)
Production
Location(s)The London Studios
Running time65, 150 minutes (2011)
180 minutes (2012)
185 minutes (2013)
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9: 1080i (HDTV)
Original run11 December 2011 (2011-12-11) – present
Chronology
Related showsFrom the Heart
This Morning
External links
Website

Text Santa is a charity initiative set up in 2011 by ITV to support UK charities during the Christmas period.[1] The appeal to the public is to donate money mainly via text donation and profits from merchandise.[2][3] The telethon is hosted by popular ITV presenting duos, these are: Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby & Paddy McGuinness and Christine Bleakley. Each presenting duo hosts a segment of the show.[4][5]

The Text Santa appeal currently supports six UK based charities; these are Barnardo's, BeatBullying, Age UK, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.

Presenters[edit]

PresenterYear
201120122013
Phillip Schofield
Holly Willoughby
Christine Bleakley
Ant & Dec
Paddy McGuinness

Charities[edit]

All of the money raised gets split between the charities supported by the appeal, these are:

201120122013
Carers UKBarnardo's
CrisisAnthony NolanBeatBullying
Help the HospicesAge UK
SamaritansMarie Curie Cancer CareBritish Heart Foundation
WRVSTogether For Short LivesCLIC Sargent
Great Ormond Street HospitalWhizz-KidzHelp the Hospices
The Noah's Ark AppealN/AN/A
Helping Hand
Yorkhill Children's Foundation

Fundraising[edit]

Totals[edit]

In 2011, totals were announced a few days after the show has been broadcast. It was announced by Holly Willoughby live on This Morning, but since the 2012 telethon, the totals are announced during the main show.

EventFinal total
2011£4,200,000
2012£5,500,000
2013£4,187,686*

Note* the phone and text lines are open until 10 January 2014, which may result in a higher overall total.[6]

Merchandise[edit]

Merchandise including santa hats and greetings cards have been available to buy from the Text Santa website with all profits going to the charities.

Music[edit]

The Text Santa theme music was created by British composer Leigh Haggerwood of The Florin Street Band, who re-worked his Christmas song "My Favourite Time of Year" especially for the appeal, creating theme and background music along with various other original compositions. The song - with its sweeping string melodies and critically acclaimed Victorian-themed music video - has gained worldwide popularity and was recently performed by the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. Leigh Haggerwood is proud of the songs association with the Text Santa campaign and has pledged to support it each year.

Official singles[edit]

YearArtist(s)Song(s)Chart
2011N/AN/AN/A
2012N/AN/AN/A
2013The 2013 cast of The Big Reunion"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"21

2011 appeal[edit]

The 2011 appeal, aired in two parts. The launch show aired on 11 December 2011 and was hosted by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley. The main show aired on Christmas Eve (24 December 2011) with Ant & Dec and Holly Willoughby as presenters.

ShowDateTime SlotsPresenters
Launch ShowSunday 11 December 201121:30–22:35Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley
Main ShowSaturday 24 December 201119:30–21:00Ant & Dec
21:00–22:00Holly Willoughby

On 27 November 2011, at The Kia Oval Cricket Ground, thousands of people attempted a Guinness World Record for the largest Santa gathering. Stephen Mulhern and Diversity entertained the participants. However not enough people turned out for the record attempt of 13,200 Santas.

2012 appeal[edit]

The 2012 telethon aired live on 21 December 2012. The first hour of the telethon was hosted by Ant & Dec, the second by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and the third by Christine Bleakley and Paddy McGuinness, all from The London Studios.

ShowDateTimeslotsPresenters
Text Santa Starts Here
(launch show)
Friday 21 December 201218:55–19:00Ant & Dec
Main show20:00–21:00
21:00–22:00Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby
22:00–23:00Paddy McGuinness and Christine Bleakley
Text Santa: One More Time
(highlights show)
00:00–1:15Ant & Dec
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby
Paddy McGuinness and Christine Bleakley

Within other shows[edit]

Events[edit]

2013 appeal[edit]

The 2013 telethon aired live on 20 December 2013. The first hour of the telethon was hosted by Ant & Dec, the second by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and the third and final hour by Christine Bleakley and Paddy McGuinness, all broadcast live from The London Studios.[17]

Morrisons, Santander and Vodafone were Text Santa's official partners for the 2013 appeal.[18][19][20]

An official charity single by the cast of The Big Reunion, performing a cover of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" was released in December 2013 to raise money for Text Santa.[21]

ShowDateTimeslotsPresenters
Text Santa Starts Here
(launch show)
Friday 20 December 201318:55–19:00Ant & Dec
Main show20:00-21:00
21:00-22:00Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby
22:00-23:05Paddy McGuinness and Christine Bleakley
Highlights show23:50-01:05Ant & Dec
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby
Paddy McGuinness and Christine Bleakley

Within other shows[edit]

Events[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nine charities to benefit from ITV's Text Santa campaign | UK Fundraising
  2. ^ JustTextGiving to power ITV's Text Santa campaign | UK Fundraising
  3. ^ http://your.asda.com/2011/11/26/asda-text-santa-hats
  4. ^ Paddy McGuinness joins Ant & Dec, Schofield for second 'Text Santa' - TV News - Digital Spy
  5. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/pressreleases/programmepressreleases/textsanta2012/default.html
  6. ^ http://www.itv.com/textsanta/donate
  7. ^ http://digiguide.tv/programme-details/ITV1+London/21+December+2012/15:00/Dickinson%27s+Real+Deal/Consumer/
  8. ^ http://digiguide.tv/programme-details/ITV1+London/21+December+2012/17:00/The+Chase/Quiz+Show/
  9. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/celebrityjuice/ep15week51/default.html
  10. ^ http://digiguide.tv/pick-of-the-day/21+December+2012/comedy-celebrity-juice-text-santa-christmas-special/
  11. ^ http://digiguide.tv/programme-details/CITV+%28Freeview%29/21+December+2012/16:00/Text+Santa%3A+CITV+Special/Childrens/
  12. ^ Thousands turn out for Liverpool Santa dash | Granada - ITV News
  13. ^ The Biggest Bag Pack Ever! - ASDA and Text Santa - ITV
  14. ^ Official Ruth Langsford
  15. ^ Official Eamonn Holmes
  16. ^ http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2012-12-19/text-santa-bidding-for-tv-history/
  17. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv%E2%80%99s-star-line-bigger-and-better-text-santa#.Un0O5HDwlLc
  18. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/morrisons-santander-and-vodafone-pledge-text-santa-itv#.UkGezGRNQyA
  19. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/text-santa-will-return-its-third-year-christmas-2013
  20. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a492736/text-santa-will-return-to-itv-for-third-series.html
  21. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a525701/itv2s-the-big-reunion-cast-record-christmas-charity-single.html

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