This year BBC Children in Need will be celebrating its 40th anniversary culminating in a special programme live from Elstree on Friday 13 November.
The fundraising night on BBC One will be packed full with sketches, performances, Appeal films and appearances from some of the nation’s favourite faces.
Also on BBC One - Children in Need does The One Show - hosted by Alex Jones and Ade Adepitan MBE. Children in Need: 40 Fabulous Years - a one off special - will also be broadcast on BBC One. Hosted by Ade Adepitan MBE, the programme will celebrate the previous appeal shows in 40 bite-sized chunks, including the funniest and the greatest moments from the last four decades. Featuring many faces from across the years, including those who have benefited from the public’s generosity, the programme promises to be a celebration of all things BBC Children in Need. Jo Wallace, Acting Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, says: “BBC Children in Need is a very important part of the BBC’s year and I’m so thrilled we’re still able to bring the appeal night to screens for its special 40th anniversary. Whilst understandably the show will look and feel a little different this year, viewers can still expect a night full of entertainment for the whole family whilst raising money for an incredibly important cause.” Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, says: “We know times are tough, and this year’s Appeal will be a chance to share some hope, inspiration and laughter, whilst raising much needed funds to help change young lives. This year’s appeal is an important opportunity for us all to show that we are right behind the UK’s children and young people, because right now, the coronavirus pandemic has made life even harder for them. As ever, we are immensely proud to be part of the BBC family where once again this brilliant partnership - which at its very heart is all about togetherness and kindness - will enable disadvantaged children and young people to get the support they need to thrive.” More details will be announced in due course.