PREVIEW: Children In Need 2020

This year BBC Children in Need will be celebrating its 40th anniversary culminating in a very special evening of unmissable television live from BBC Elstree Studios on Friday 13 November.


From Strictly Come Dancing, to EastEnders and Doctor Who, the fundraising spectacular will be jam-packed with exclusive sketches, exciting performances, music, dance and a few surprises! Hosted by some of the biggest names in entertainment, the show will be a brilliant spectacle not to miss and will raise money for children and young people across the UK facing a range of disadvantages, who need help now more than ever.


The money raised through BBC Children in Need’s 2020 Appeal will help support local charities and projects which are providing essential frontline help to children and young people in communities throughout the UK.


This year's show will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc, Stephen Mangan, Alex Scott MBE and Chris Ramsey.


Appeal night highlights

The One Show does Children in Need The night of entertainment will include a special segment from The One Show hosted by Alex Jones and Ade Adepitan MBE which will see the finale of this year’s The One Show Rickshaw challenge as well as other highlights. 

Pudsey Bear: Behind the Bandana Despite his long-standing role with BBC Children in Need, very little is known about the big yellow Bear’s private life outside of his charity work - until now. With contributions from the who’s who of the entertainment, music and drama worlds, expect some surprising revelations and to see Pudsey Bear in a whole new light.

The Goes Wrong Show Here comes trouble… The cast of BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show decide to a do a special sketch especially for BBC Children in Need. But what could possibly go wrong?

The Repair Shop In this Children in Need special, Jay Blades and Teddy Bear Ladies Amanda and Julie, carry out a unique restoration for a young girl who really deserves a treat.

Musical performances There’ll be an abundance of singing and dancing from the best of the West End, with performances from Cinderella The Musical and the cast of SIX! Also singing live is the sensational Beverley Knight AND with a performance recorded especially for BBC Children in Need, is the multi award-winning Shawn Mendes. 

Appeal films Throughout the evening, films of children from around the UK will be shown to highlight the important work from BBC Children in Need.   BBC Children in Need 2020: Best Bits will air on Sunday 15 November at 3.50pm. 

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