Everything you need to know about BBC’s Children in Need 2020
Pudsey returns tonight with the usual TV spectacular with celebrity guests and entertainment as BBC's Children in Need celebrates 40 years.
The live show will of course look different tonight as it adheres to coronavirus rules – but it will still bring the trademark mix of comedy, music and sketches.
The one-off special will be raising vital cash for kids around the UK, with the British public digging deep in their pockets to support worthy causes.
What time does Children in Need start?
The live telethon kicks off at 7pm on BBC – but will be a little shorter this year.
Usually the show takes a break for the 10pm news but carries on into the night, finishing at midnight.
But this year the plan is to end at 10pm, so there will be a shorter run time.
Who is hosting Children in Need?
Familiar faces will return alongside some newbies to take us through the three-hour spectacular.
Comedian Mel Giedroyc returns to presenting duties with help from former Lioness and Strictly star Alex Scott.
Funny man Chris Ramsey and actor Stephen Mangan will also be helping out.
There will, of course, be other celebrities popping up throughout the show.
Who is performing?
There will be a variety of music tonight so there is sure to be something for everyone.
Beverley Knight, McFly and Shawn Mendes are all expected to be singing a song or two, with performances from Cinderella: The Musical and Six also lined up.
Strictly Come Dancing’s professionals will also be doing their thing on the dance-floor.
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There are also sketches from the casts of King Gary and The Goes Wrong Show, The Mirror reported.
Meanwhile, Mat Baker will be celebrating Children In Need’s Rickshaw Challenge as it turns 10.
Exclusive special clips from shows including EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who are also promised, as well as a segment involving The Repair Shop team.
Elsewhere, Danny Dyer will hot a special edition of The Wall, in which EastEnders stars Tony Clay and Roger Griffiths try and answer questions about their soap to win money for charity.
How can I take part in Children in Need?
Coronavirus may well have hampered the usual fundraising efforts that generous Brits traditionally take part in.
But that hasn’t stopped people from coming up with unique ways to support the vital appeal.
People have been encouraged to take part in the Act Your Age Challenge, in which you combine the ages of family and friends and turn them into a fundraising challenge.
And there is the Duck Race Sweepstake, which goes live at 1pm on Friday November 13.
20 pop-culture inspired rubber ducks will face-off in another thrilling ride down the famous white-water racetrack to fight for the elusive title of Duck Race Champion 2020.
Of course there is the usual channels to donate to, including the official website – where you can also snag some Pudsey inspired goodies.
If you want to do your bit for the cause by snapping up merchandise, you can do so at the official BBC Children In Need shop.
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