Tonight is the Beeb’s annual fundraising telethon and Telly Today takes a look at what you can expect this evening, November 16th, from Children In Need.

Highlights: Children In Need 2018, from 7pm, BBC One and BBC Two

The evening kicks off at 7pm with The One Show and a special programme looking at their Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need. The event ends in Media City tonight, concluding an eight-day journey which started in Calais.

Tune in to watch the six young people, Abby, Harry, Kayla, Kieran, Maisie and Phoebe – all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need – and presenter Matt Baker make their way to the finish line ahead of the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.

From 7.30pm the telethon begins with the corporation promising once more an evening of ‘entertainment, inspiring stories and fabulous fundraisers’.  Highlights include, Strictly Come Dancing BBC Children in Need Special 2018. In a bid to prove to the nation that their moves have improved since their infamous appearance on RTÉ’s Late Late Show in the nineties, pop legends Boyzone will join forces with the Strictly professional dancers in a bid to win the Pudsey Glitterball trophy, presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

It’s a brief moment of happiness for the cast of EastEnders who are performing a Disney medley. There’s also Project Sing which sees some deserving project workers funded by BBC Children in Need think they are filming a special project worker’s music video, what they don’t know is that they’ll be surprised by some of the biggest names in music including Little Mix, Sheridan Smith and Alfie Boe plus many more to be announced. The artists will join the project workers onstage, giving them the opportunity to duet with their musical idols.

During the BBC News at Ten, action switches to BBC Two where a Junior Mastermind special airs. Actor and comedian Stephen Mangan hosts a special episode of Mastermind in support of BBC Children in Need. For the first time ever on the show the questions are tackled by pairs. The pairs were made up of four children who have been supported by a BBC Children in Need funded project and a celebrity partner.

Other BBC One highlights include an incredible young girl who’s supported by BBC Children in Need getting the opportunity to visit the Doctor Who production set where she enters TARDIS and meets the entire cast before being surprised by the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker. There is also a preview of the Christmas Special of Call the Midwife and a host of music performances including a special treat straight from London’s West End as the casts of School of Rock who will be opening the show with a bespoke medley for BBC Children in Need that are not performed in their existing show. The cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will also take to the stage, plus the hit song ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman will be performed by the CiN Choir.

Other moments in the telethon include Fundraiser of the Year which celebrates some amazing fundraisers who go above and beyond to raise money, the Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year will be presented to a worthy winner on the night while of course a host of well known faces front the appeal films showing where the raised money can go to help the needy.


Donations can be made throughout the night by visiting bbc.co.uk/pudsey or calling 0345 7 33 22 33.

Or to donate £10, text the word DONATE to 70410; to donate £20 text DONATE to 70420; to donate £30 text DONATE to 70430.

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