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 the Late Late show in the nineties, pop legends Boyzone will join forces with the Strictly professional dancers in a bid to win the BBC Children in Need Pudsey Glitterball trophy, presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.
EastEnders Magic’s a foot in Albert Square with the cast of EastEnders performing a show-stopping spectacle.
Project Sing 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.
Doctor Who An incredible young girl who’s supported by BBC Children in Need gets the opportunity to visit the Doctor Who film set where she enters TARDIS and meets the entire cast before being surprised by the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker.
Call the Midwife BBC Children in Need will preview an exclusive first look at the Call the Midwife Christmas episode.
Junior Mastermind BBC Children in Need special 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.
Fundraiser of the Year Celebrating the 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.
Appeal films Some well-known faces will feature in some of the all-important BBC Children in Need Appeal films including actress Keeley Hawes.
Music performances The BBC Children in Need Appeal show is known for its performances from the music industry’s best loved artists, and this year is no different!
There will be 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 BBC Children in Need Choir.
BBC national and regional TV BBC national and regional TV stations will be shining a light on BBC Children in Need’s activities from across the UK.
More exciting content for the appeal night will be announced in the coming weeks...
Additional BBC Children in Need programming
The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge This challenge is back with an all new team of six young riders, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects, and brand new 423-mile route from Calais to Salford. The team of six will push themselves to the limit, battling steep hills and braving the elements in the hope that their efforts will help them raise as much money as possible for BBC Children in Need - all of which will go on to make a difference to young lives across the UK.
A team of six young people, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects, will be joined by The One Show’s Matt Baker on the eight day challenge. It will begin on Friday 9 November in Calais, where the team will pedal 31 miles through the service tunnel of the Channel Tunnel - a route only travelled previously by the likes of professional cyclists. Once through the tunnel, the team will head north from Folkestone and make their way through England and Wales, before finally finishing in Salford on Friday 16 November, during the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.
To date the Rickshaw Challenge has raised more than £21 million for BBC Children in Need and this year the public can join in by taking on their own ‘virtual rickshaw challenge.’ The money raised by those who take part will help push the Rickshaw Challenge fundraising total even higher. For more information and to set up a fundraising page visit: bbc.co.uk/pudsey
BBC Children in Need Rocks On Wednesday 7 November 2018, BBC Studios will stage BBC Children in Need Rocks 2018, an unmissable concert taking place at The SSE Arena, Wembley, featuring a glittering line-up of some of the biggest names in music. They will be performing current tracks as well as a surprising cover or one of their classic hits. The spectacular show is in aid of BBC Children in Need and tickets are available now.
The concert, produced by BBC Studios, will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo whilst stars George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Olly Murs, Rita Ora, Sir Rod Stewart (and more names to be announced) will perform to thousands in the arena and millions at home when the show is broadcast at a later date on BBC One.
Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need Matt Baker, Steve Brown, John Craven, Ellie Harrison, Adam Henson and Anita Rani head out on the fourth Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need. Visiting various locations across the UK, the presenters are joined by members of the public as well as inspirational children and young people who have been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects.
Anita rambles through the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland with 13 year old Mark who has been supported by the Koram Centre; John and Steve are in Padarn Country Park in Wales with young people from Contact; Ellie leads a mass ramble in Ely with 14 year old Amy who has been supported by Spread-a-Smile; Adam is joined in Galloway Forest Park by 13 year old Karis, eight year old Logan and six year old Lewis who have been supported by Strathcarron Hospice; and Matt heads to the Isle of Skye to climb a mountain with 12 year old Josh who has been supported by Niemann-Pick UK. Tom Heap meets with some of the thousands of members of the public who have joined the call and headed out their own ramble in aid of the charity.
Stacey Dooley: The Young and Homeless In Stacey Dooley: The Young and Homeless, a film for BBC Children in Need, broadcaster Stacey Dooley MBE, uncovers stories from the UK’s homeless teenagers. The film sensitively shares the thoughts and concerns of some of society’s most vulnerable young people.
Viewers will see Stacey give a voice to young teens experiencing homelessness, shining a light on their struggle to find a safe place to sleep and their journey in securing a stable and permanent home.
The film will also demonstrate how projects and organisations dedicated to supporting young people through these difficult times - such as those funded by BBC Children in Need - become a life-line, which give young people the hope they need to overcome their adverse situations.
This will broadcast on BBC One w/c November 12.
Across BBC English regions The radio stations across England are pulling out all the stops again this year as they come up with more wonderful and creative ways to fundraise for BBC Children in Need . Just a small selection of examples of activity going on includes: BBC WM’s 24 hour karaoke marathon, where presenter Richie Anderson will be singing karaoke tunes for 24 hours; BBC Somerset’s Breakfast presenter, Claire Carter will be walking 75 miles in wellies; BBC Radio Merseyside will be sending their Breakfast presenter and producer out in the region as the Biking Buskers to cycle and sing at the same time.