Children in Need replaces charity single with all-star album featuring Olivia Colman and David Tennant

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For more than three decades, the charity single has been a key part of BBC Children in Need’s fundraising efforts.

This year it is all change. Instead of a single, there will be an album recorded by some of the biggest British names of stage and screen, including Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and David Tennant.

The actors have each chosen a song that is most significant to them. The album, Got It Covered, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and will be released later this year.

Some of the stars have credentials when it comes to singing – Bonham Carter tackled Sondheim in the film version of Sweeney Todd. But Mel Balac, executive producer and creative director of BBC Studios, said: “Many of the actors have said trying to nail the role of recording artist has been their most challenging role yet.”

The actors include Luke Evans, who sang as Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Jim Broadbent, who appeared in the musical Moulin Rouge! but has cheerfully insisted that he can’t sing.

Himesh Patel also appears on the record. He is the star of the new film, Yesterday, in which he plays a singer-songwriter who discovers that nobody else in the world can remember the Beatles and begins passing off their songs as his own.



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