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BBC Children in Need 2023 will be a live entertainment extravaganza from MediaCityUK in Salford with three-hours of non-stop fun for viewers.

Ade Adepitan MBE, Mel Giedroyc, Jason Manford, Chris Ramsey, Lenny Rush and Alex Scott MBE will host an evening of exclusive sketches and performances featuring well-known faces as you’ve never seen them before.


Ahead of the three specials for the 60th anniversary, the brand new exclusive scene will have viewers smiling from ear to ear, as David Tennant stars as the Fourteenth Doctor who shares an encounter with a mysterious new character, played by actor and comedian Mawaan Rizwan. It is then that the Doctor uncovers an age old mystery involving one of the his oldest foes…

Written by Doctor Who Showrunner Russell T Davies, this other-worldly special is made specifically for BBC Children in Need, just before viewers hop back into the TARDIS for a brand new set of adventures for three special episodes set to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary this November.


Graham Norton's notorious Big Red Chair lies in wait for six brave celebrities on BBC Children in Need 2023. An EastEnders actor, a famous pop star, a Strictly pro dancer, an England footballer, a TV doctor and a podcaster-presenter must tell jokes in an attempt to impress three children who are guests on Graham’s infamous sofa. All three children have benefited from BBC Children in Need-funded projects.


The race is on for three pairs of TV characters in Race Across Yorkshire, a parody of the hugely successful Race Across The World. With cameos from Yorkshire icons and pitstops to earn cash along the way, who will make it to the town of Pudsey first?


Basil Brush, Zippy and George from Rainbow, Hacker T Dog and Dodge, and Tinky Winky are among the puppet legends set to invade the hallowed MasterChef kitchen of presenters John Torode and Gregg Wallace .

The show’s catchphrase ‘cooking doesn’t get tougher than this’ is set to be mashed up and smashed to bits as the British children’s TV favourites cause chaos among the pots and pans trying to impress Gregg and John with their culinary skills.


There will be live performances from singer songwriter Jerub, the UK’s Junior Eurovision act STAND UNIQU3 singing their anthemic entry ‘Back to Life’, and Leigh-Anne who – having performed on BBC Children in Need with Little Mix many times - performs her track My Love for the first time on TV.

The amazing BBC Children in Need choir will come together from across the Nations and Regions of the UK to sing a heart-felt rendition of You Raise Me Up.

For the past few weeks viewers of The One Show have been watching The Challenge Squad featuring four young people who’ve been supported by BBC Children in Need projects. Tonight, two of them will be challenged to perform live on Children in Need, with two very special collaborations with guest performers.

Throughout, appeal films feature some of those whose lives have been changed through the support of BBC Children in Need, and the project workers who work tirelessly to help them.

Children in Need 2023 promises a night to remember on Friday 17th November.


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