Watch the all star BBC God Only Knows video here, featuring One Direction

One Direction‘s Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles have made history yet again.

Not only are they the world’s biggest boyband but the quintet has teamed up with loads of big name stars – 27 to be exact – to launch a new BBC Music programmes initiative and help raise money for Children in Need while they’re at it.

The boys collaborate with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue and Sam Smith – as well as some legends including Stevie Wonder and Elton John – to reprise The Beach Boys track God Only Knows written by Brian Wilson.

The short film aired at 8pm across all of the network’s platforms such as iPlayer, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC One at the same time, taking place in what appeared to be a disused and decayed Alexandra Palace Theatre, home of the first ever BBC broadcast over 90 years ago.

Then, the space opens up to reveal a world with a tropical rainforest, a tiger, birds, butterflies and giant bubbles. Keep watching and you’ll be transported high above the new band dubbed The Impossible Orchestra into a balloon-filled celestial sky, before finally being delivered back into the empty theatre.

From midnight you can download the tune, which sees an array of artists across Sony, Warner and Universal Music record labels come together for the first time, and the single can be bought in shops later in the week.

Check out who belts out which line in the full run-down below:

BBC Concert Orchestra
Martin James Bartlett – celeste
Pharrell WilliamsI may not always love you
Emeli SandéBut as long as there are stars above you
Elton JohnYou never need to doubt it
LordeI’ll make you so sure about it
Chris MartinGod only knows what I’d be without you
Brian WilsonIf you should ever leave me
Florence WelchWell life would still go on believe me
Kylie MinogueThe world could show nothing to me
Stevie WonderSo what good would living do me
Eliza CarthyGod only knows what I’d be without you
Nicola Benedetti – violin
Jools Holland – piano
Brian May – electric guitar
Jake Bugglalalala
Katie Derham – violin
Tees Valley Youth Choir – God only knows
Alison Balsom – piccolo trumpet
One DirectionGod only knows what I’d be without you
Jaz DhamiGod only knows what I’d be without you
Paloma FaithGod only knows what I’d be without you
Chrissie HyndeGod only knows
Jamie CullumGod only knows what I’d be without you
Baaba Maal God only knows
Danielle de NieseGod only knows what I’d be without you
Dave Grohl – God only knows
Sam SmithGod only knows what I’d be without you
Brian WilsonGod only knows what I’d be without you

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