Mel B set to star in Corrie

We can now reveal that X-Factor judge and former Spice Girl Mel B will be taking on the cobbles in a very special Coronation Street sketch for this years Text Santa appeal.

Although it won't be the star's first trip to Weatherfield (Mel appeared as a checkout girl in the soap pre-Spice Girls), she will be taking on a role that'll be totally different from what we're used to!

Last year saw fellow X-Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini hit the Rovers in search of a new bestie for a Christmas party, also in aid of Text Santa.

Catch Mel B and the rest of the cast of Corrie during this year's appeal on 19 December.

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Mr Selfridge comes to Downton

Mr Sefridge star Jeremy Piven will make a guest appearance in Downton Abbey for Text Santa. The sketch has been specially written for Text Santa and also features George Clooney alongside members of the regular cast. Watch this space for more details about the three-hour charity spectacular on Friday 19 December.

Get your tickets for Text Santa

Apply for Text Santa tickets at the Applause Store

You are invited to be part of the live studio audience for this year’s Text Santa, the Christmas charity spectacular for ITV with Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield, Christine Bleakley, Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon.

Packed full of non-stop fun and entertainment with some of ITV’s biggest stars and shows taking part, this is a night you don't want to miss.

Go to Applause Store to apply.
minimum age limit 16 +

Get crafty with Good Morning Britain's competition

Are you Britain's craftiest kid? Good Morning Britain has launched a Christmas stocking competition and they want your designs!

The winner will see their stocking made into a kit to be sold across the UK - with a donation (50p) from each kit going straight to the Text Santa appeal. Pens at the ready, it's time to get drawing!

Enter the Good Morning Britain Christmas Stocking competition

Need inspiration? Watch the GMB presenters give designing a go!

It's the time of year to help those near...

Here comes Text Santa! We're very excited to reveal that Alesha Dixon has joined our line-up of presenters this year for another three-hour Christmas charity appeal extravaganza on Friday 19 December.

This year's Text Santa is bigger than ever, with live music from your favourite chart-toppers, the cast of Corrie as you've never seen them before, a Christmassy version of The Cube and a very special appearance by one George Clooney all lined up.

Alesha will join Paddy McGuinness, Ant and Dec, and Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, with each duo presenting an hour of the non-stop fun we've got in store to help raise awareness and those all-important donations for our six charities.

We've already raised £15million since Text Santa started back in 2011, and we need your help to make that figure even higher - so get the 19th December in your diary now!

I hope everyone digs deep and joins in the fun with me and the rest of the gang on December 19

– Text Santa presenter Alesha Dixon