Children In Need is turning 40 (Picture: BBC)
Children In Need 2020 is heading to a TV screen near you, with the annual fundraising telethon this year celebrating its 40th anniversary.
And although things might have been scaled back a bit in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your bit for the cause, as well as tune in to the usual big night of entertainment on BBC One.
So just when is it on, who’ll be appearing – and how can you get involved in a socially distanced manner?
Here’s what you need to know…
When is Children In Need 2020?
Children In Need 2020 is on Friday November 13.
As per usual, the annual telethon will be aired on BBC One, and will run from 7pm until 10pm.
As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations this year, we can look forward to such highlights as a look at Pudsey Bear’s private life (yes, really!), as well as appearances from EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and The Repair Shop, and performances from the likes of Shawn Mendes and Beverly Knight.
Joe Wicks will be doing his bit with 24 hours of PE
The day itself will also see Joe Wicks completing The 24-Hour PE Challenge, which will see him working out from 9.25am on Thursday November 12 until 9.25am on Friday 13th.
The Rickshaw Challenge has also been taking place – and although Covid may have stopped it from being held across the country, Matt Baker and the other participants are completing the 332-mile challenge from home on exercise bikes.
Who is presenting Children In Need this year?
This year the show will be presented by Alex Scott, Mel Gidroyc, Stephen Mangan and Chris Ramsey.
It follows Tess Daly’s decision to step down from presenting the telethon this year after 11 years.
The Strictly host made the announcement earlier this year, saying: ‘For the past 11 years I’ve had the great privilege of presenting Children In Need alongside brilliant presenters and an amazing team.
‘Pudsey and what he represents will always hold a special place in my heart but it’s time to pass the presenting baton over as the show reaches its amazing 40-year milestone.
How can you get involved?
While coronavirus may have added an extra challenge to fundraising ventures, there are still ways you can do your bit for the charity.
People around the country have been invited to take part in the Act Your Age Challenge – in which you take your age or the combined ages of family members or friends, and turn them into a fundraising challenge – or you could combine the challenge with the Countryfile Ramble to raise money.
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.