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Union J, Jeremy Kyle, The Chase for Text Santa specials on ITV daytime

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ITV's daytime schedule will be taken over by the Text Santa fundraiser on Friday, December 20.

Special editions of some of the channel's classic daytime shows will be broadcast in the lead-up to the main event at 8pm.

Text Santa 2013

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Text Santa 2013

Radio 1 Teen Awards: Union J

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Union J


Daybreak will kick off the festivities from 6am, with special guests Union J discussing their involvement in the campaign and a behind-the-scenes look at the Take Me Out Text Santa special.

Liberty X will chat about their Big Reunion Christmas single 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' on Lorraine from 8am.

In place of his usual chat show, Jeremy Kyle will present a special edition of the programme at 9.25am, after which Text Santa hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will chat about what the evening has in store on This Morning.

Jeremy Kyle

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Jeremy Kyle

Let's Do Lunch with Gino and Mel - show still, June 2012

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Gino and Mel


Let's Do Christmas...with Gino and Mel will give viewers a guide to a stress-free Christmas at 1.30pm and Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover will take on the challenge of refurbishing the Cherry Tree Activity Centre, which is run by one of Text Santa's chosen charities Age UK, at 2pm.

Dickinson's Real Deal: Text Santa Christmas Special, a festive edition of Show Me The Telly and a special version of The Chase featuring ITV newscasters Mark Austin, Alistair Stewart, Romilly Weeks and Charlene White, complete the daytime schedule.

The main televised fundraiser kicks off at 8pm, with highlights including a Coronation Street sketch featuring Cheryl Cole and the soap's stars giving a rendition of The Pogues classic 'Fairytale of New York'.

This year, the event aims to raise money for Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.

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