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STV announces programming line-up for STV Appeal 2013

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STV has announced a line-up of special programmes to highlight the work of STV Appeal 2013.

A series of engaging, entertaining, hard-hitting and celebrity packed programmes will be on screen from Wednesday 2nd October and culminates in a star-studded live show on Friday 11th October, when host Lorraine Kelly will reveal the total sum raised by STV Appeal 2013.

All over Scotland, celebrities and communities are getting behind STV Appeal by raising money for children and young people affected by poverty. STV’s dedicated Appeal programming will celebrate these fantastic fundraising efforts, including Mark Beaumont’s epic cross-Scotland challenge, Sean Batty’s Northern Isles cycling challenge and John Michie’s 12-hour dance extravaganza.

Viewers will also gain insight into some of the many community projects that are supported by STV Appeal and find out how the money raised makes a real difference in the lives of Scotland’s children.


STV Appeal 2013 - The Highland Line 
Wednesday 2nd October at 2000 on STV

In June, record-breaking Scottish adventurer and cyclist Mark Beaumont took on a major cross-Scotland challenge in aid of the STV Appeal. After months of intense training, Mark set off to run and swim the breadth of Scotland in only 10 days, a gruelling 230 mile journey from Arran to Aberdeen including crossing the open sea three times and swimming across Loch Lomond.

With STV’s cameras following his every step, this one hour documentary captures all the ups and downs of Mark’s incredible journey - one of the most difficult and demanding adventures of his life.


STV Appeal 2013 - The Big Launch
Sunday 6th October at 1715 on STV

Presented by STV’s Andrea Brymer, Sunday’s 30 minute launch programme kicks off a week of special programming leading up to the big live show. We hear real life stories of children across Scotland who have been affected by poverty and visit some of the many projects supported by the STV Appeal, to see how every penny raised for STV Appeal helps tackle child poverty.

The programme also looks at the perceptions and attitudes surrounding child poverty in Scotland following brand new research, and dispels some common myths and misconceptions.


STV Appeal 2013 - The Big Challenge
Wednesday 9th October at 2000 on STV

Presented by John MacKay, this one hour special will celebrate the fantastic fundraising activities that have taken place across Scotland to raise money for children and young people affected by poverty.

STV’s Sean Batty and Raman Bhardwaj joined over 7000 Scots to cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh at this year’s freshnlo Pedal for Scotland event, while the STV Appeal Dance Marathon saw John Michie, Carol Smillie and STV’s Andrea Brymer dance their socks off for charity, joined by over 850 dancers from across Scotland.

We also hear from Jack Vettriano whose painting ‘Night-time Rituals II’ is being auctioned in aid of STV Appeal 2013 after being donated by Sir Tom Hunter.


STV Appeal 2013 – Broke Not Broken
Thursday 10th October at 1930 on STV

This year’s STV Appeal documentary reveals inspiring stories of young people from across Scotland overcoming financial difficulty to make a success of their lives. The children featured in the programme, aged between ten and 16, were not born into poverty. It came to them through events totally out with their control. In this half hour documentary, the children explain, in their own words, what their lives are like.


Scotland Tonight
Thursday 10th October at 2235 on STV

Presenter Rona Dougall is joined by live studio guests for a discussion about how young people feel about poverty in Scotland and how they would like to see the problem tackled.


STV Appeal 2013 - The Big Live
Friday 11th October at 1930 on STV

STV Appeal 2013 will go out with a bang with Friday’s live show, which brings together celebrities and fundraisers who have made the STV Appeal 2013 a huge success. Presented by Lorraine Kelly from Pacific Quay in Glasgow, and with live music from Hue and Cry and Red Hot Chilli Pipers, the programme will be packed with live entertainment, celebrity appearances and inspiring fundraising stories from across the country.

Co-presenters Sanjeev Kohli and Michelle McManus will join Lorraine in Glasgow, with links to Andrea Brymer in the Aberdeen studio and Gordon Chree in Edinburgh.

Finally, Lorraine Kelly will bring the evening to a close revealing how much the STV Appeal 2013 has raised to help children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland.


Lorraine Kelly said: “As a trustee of STV Appeal I'm delighted to present the big finale of this year's campaign, and help support this hugely important cause in any way I can. Friday's big live show is set to be a fantastic celebration. We meet some of the many generous fundraisers, big and small, who have made an incredible effort to raise money for the Appeal, and of course we find out how much Scotland has raised for children in poverty. I hope viewers all over the country join me for what promises to be a brilliant night on STV.”

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels, said: “We have a fantastic line-up of STV Appeal programmes in the schedule, from celebrity fundraising stories and live music to a thought-provoking documentary and a fascinating look at attitudes surrounding child poverty.

“For the third year running we have seen some incredible support from communities across Scotland who are getting behind the Appeal to help raise much-needed funds and awareness. This line-up of special programming is a great culmination of what we hope will be our best year yet."


For more information, please contact the STV press office:

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv

Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv