Behind the scenes ahead of big Text Santa appeal show

After weeks of build up ITV's annual fundraising extravaganza Text Santa is here.

A bit later on tonight, Ant and Dec will open the show that will help raise money for six charities that do so much good work here in the UK.

There are plenty of surprises and one off performances planned - but we got a sneak peek.

Text Santa is on ITV from 8pm tonight

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Text Santa 2013

ITV's annual text Santa charity campaign has raised £4,187,686 for Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices. The annual fundraiser in the run up to Christmas concluded with a takeover of ITV.