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Text Santa: Bidding for TV history

ITV's Test Santa appeal 2012 Credit: ITV

Do you fancy a piece of TV history? An item from your favourite show? ITV's Text Santa appeal continues - and we've teamed up with eBay for our first ever on-line auction which could provide a special Christmas gift for him or her!

The bids include:

*This Morning's Sofa - *The famous two-pice sofa is up for grabs. It has seated guests including Ricky Gervais and Dame Helen Mirren.

London Studios & Loose Women Package - Experience what it's like to work in front and behind the camera of a working TV studio with the Loose Women.

Philip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, stars of ITV's Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV

Between now - and Sunday 23rd December - you can bid for some exclusive celebrity memorabilia, iconic merchandise and star-studded experiences from all your favourite ITV shows.

Click here for the direct link.

ITV's Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV

The Text Santa appeal 2012 is raising money for six charities this year: Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-Kidz.

Other items on the eBay auction site, include:

ITV News: Become The Headlines - A rare chance to have your loved one’s personal event turned into a bulletin, read by ITN news readers. A Private Skating Lesson with Torvill and Dean. You could be 'Dancing on Ice' with the World Champion skaters. A unique one-to-one lesson early next year.

ITV Text Santa's Ant and Dec Credit: ITV

Other experiences, from the auction, include:

TOWIE Personal Shopping Experience - Come shop with me! TOWIE stars Billie and Sam will show you around their now-famous Essex boutique, which will include a package of goodies.

*CITV Stop Motion Animation Tour - *An exclusive behind-the-scenes visit for two children to tour the world of animation at CITV's hot show 'Compost Corner'.

X Factor Fashions - Genuine items of clothing worn by X Factor winner James Arthur and runners-up Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney.

*Win a Chaser For Your Quiz Team - *You'll be able to bid on 'The Chasers' from quiz show, 'The Chase', to join your local pub quiz or event as your star player.

Downton Abbey Signed Script - From Series 2's Christmas special last year, the script has been signed by creator Julian Fellowes.

Emmerdale: Re-Enact A Scene in The Woolpack - A chance for you and a guest to visit the Emmerdale set in Leeds, and re-enact a specially selected scene in The Woolpack with a member of cast. The scene will be filmed for you to keep on DVD!

Coronation Street Costumes and Props We’ve raided the wardrobe department at Weatherfield to bring you the shirts off the backs of Corrie stars! Re-enact an Emmerdale scene - two fans will get the chance to script-read a scene in the Woolpack with some of the Emmerdale cast.


Downton's infant star raises funds after health battle

The life of a toddler who's touched the hearts of millions of television viewers with his starring role in the ITV hit serial Downton Abbey has been beset by health problems.

Milo Lockley- Boyd has suffered from hydrocephalus, or water-on-the-brain, since he was born, but against the odds he has proved he has real star quality. And as Rachel Hepworth reports, he's now helping to raise money for the hospital that saved his life

Anyone who would like to donate click here

The Lord's search for "Jesus Christ"

Starry eyed actors and singers from across the Meridian region are battling to get one of the most iconic roles in stage, film and television

Superstar, the show looking for the next Jesus Christ Superstar, starts on ITV this weekend.

The show's original creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been scouring the country holding auditions. Fred went to meet Lord Lloyd Webber to ask him how it's all been going.

Fred meets the Lord

Fred Dinenage interviews Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber Credit: ITV Meridian

Fred has been speaking to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber ahead of his new ITV show Superstar which airs on Saturday. He's been scouring the country looking for "Jesus Christ" for his new stage show Jesus Christ Superstar.

Watch Meridian Tonight at six for a behind the scenes look at the new show with Jason Donovan and Mel C.


Reminder to retune your TVs

Analogue TV signals were turned off across East Sussex and parts of Kent today, and digital TV boosted to reach all areas. Thousands of viewers in digital blackspots such as parts of Hastings Old Town, Eastbourne, Newhaven and Hailsham can now get some Freeview channels for the first time.

Homes already watching Freeview will need to retune their TVs to regain services. The process will be completed on June 13, when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off. Further Freeview channels from ITV and Channel 4 will then be available from local transmitters for the first time.

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