Children in Need Got It Covered – BBC1

Our favourite actors lend their voices to some great songs for Children in Need Got it Covered on BBC1

Some of the biggest stars of stage and screen come together to record an album of cover songs in aid 
of Children in Need and, this week, cameras catch them in rehearsals.

(Children in Need Got It Covered airs Wednesday, 7.30pm BBC1 see our TV Guide for full details).

This documentary features 
Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent and Luke Evans, alongside Olivia Colman, Suranne Jones (pictured, above), Adrian Lester and Himesh Patel, and reunites former Doctor Who star David Tennant with current Time Lord Jodie Whittaker as 
they all record the album at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.

Adrian Lester, Jim Broadbent, Suranne Jones, Himesh Patel, Shaun Dooley, Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter in the recording studio

Gentleman Jack and Broadchurch star Shaun Dooley , 45, tells TV Times more…

How did the idea for this album come about?

I’ve always felt there’s a hidden 
pop star in all of us that’s desperate to get out, so my wife, Polly, and 
I thought, ‘What if we created an album with our friends for charity?’

So I rang some lovely people 
I’d worked with previously, asked them if they’d be on it, and pretty much everyone said yes. It’s an insane cast that you’d die to get 
in a project together, and luckily everyone can sing!

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You sing a Taylor Swift song, Never Grow Up, on the album. What was it like recording at Abbey Road?

It was kind of a dream really. I don’t know if I can truly sing or not but I am obsessed with music, so to stand there in this iconic studio and record a song through the same wires as The Beatles was incredible. I’m 
still in that fog of going, ‘It 
did happen, didn’t it?!’

Tell us about some of the other performances…

Olivia’s performance of Glory Box by Portishead will blow people away because it’s just so ‘her’.

Helena’s version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now is just beautiful and when you hear Jim sing Blue Moon, 
it’s just like coming home. Adrian’s rendition 
of Stevie Wonder’s 
I Wish is pretty mind-blowing.

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