11 November 2019 20:40
One of TV's biggest fundraising events is back – find out what's on the schedule for Pudsey this year. Children in Need: When does it air? Who are the presenters and performers? All you need to know Feelgood entertainment for a good cause is back at the BBC for another year of Children in Need, with hosts Graham Norton and Tess Daly at the helm. The fundraiser's history dates back to 1927 when a radio appeal for children's charities was broadcast on Christmas Day. In 1955 it made its way onto TV.
[Read more: Children in Need's boss responds to charity album being pulled from chart race] But what does 2019's charity effort have in store for viewers? When is Children in Need on TV? Children in Need 2019 will broadcast on Friday, November 15 from 7.30pm on BBC One. Programming will continue right through until 2am on Saturday morning on both BBC One and BBC Two in the hope of raising the grandest total yet. [Read more: Rylan Clark-Neal motivated by charity visit for karaoke challenge] Who are the presenters? Back at the front and centre of the Children in Need stage this year are Strictly's Tess Daly and comedian Graham Norton. Tess said: "Over the decade I've worked with Children in Need, I've seen first-hand the difference the money raised on the night makes. "The highlight of my Children in Need years will always be getting to stand by the great man Sir Terry Wogan's side. What a pleasure and utter privilege that was." Former Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc is also joining the presenting line-up again and said she was looking forward to getting stuck in. She said: "I can't wait to be on-stage with Graham once again. He is the best fun to work with. In fact he doesn't make it feel like work at all. TV presenter and wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan knows first-hand the difference the appeal can make as he was helped by it himself as a child, and is back to host on the night this year. Ade said: "Children in Need helped me when I was a kid, they helped the charity that I belonged to. I always remember a Children In Need appeal night, one of their outside broadcasts came to an event that I was at and it was fantastic. "It was just really nice to know that complete strangers, people who you don't know in the UK, who you've never met before, care enough to go out and do challenges to help support people who really need it in this country." Comedian and TV presenter Tom Allen joins the hosting team this year, and Marvin and Rochelle Humes will return to their roles drumming up funds on the night. What are the TV highlights for 2019? The main Children in Need show airs on BBC One between 7.30pm and 10pm, and includes some real gems that you won't want to miss. Strictly Special One of the main highlights is an EastEnders/Strictly mash-up, which sees four of the soap's stars take to the ballroom for a special version of the dancing contest. Ricky Champ will be matched with Luba Mushtuk, Louisa Lytton with Gorka Marquez, Maisie Smith with Kevin Clifton, and Rudolph Walker with Nancy Xu – but who will lift the Pudsey Glitterball? Dragons' Den After the main broadcast, switch over to BBC Two at 10pm for a special version of the comedy gameshow I'll Get This played by the Dragons. The five business gurus meet for a dinner where they'll need to play games during the meal, with the loser picking up the bill. Graham Norton's Big Red Chair The comedian is joined by three young carers who get control of the lever to tip celebrity joke-tellers out of the red chair. Big-name performers Look out for stars including Louis Tomlinson, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe serenading us on the night. Part two of the broadcast later in the evening will feature a performance from Westlife. Musical treats The show opens with the cast of Big The Musical singing some of their hits, with Jay McGuinness, Kimberley Walsh, Matthew Kelly and Wendi Peters all scheduled to perform. Later on, we'll also have a visit from the cast of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. [Read more: Tess Daly on 'privilege' of working with Sir Terry Wogan] Marvin and Rochelle Humes will host a Children in Need version of their musical gameshow The Hit List featuring Wretch 32, JB Gill, Heidi Range, Nadine Coyle, Michelle Heaton and Antony Costa. Recent documentary Got it Covered followed Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Shaun Dooley, Luke Evans, Suranne Jones, Adrian Lester, Himesh Patel, David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker as they learned to sing and eventually recorded an album for Children in Need. Some of them will be back to talk about their experiences, and there'll be a performance of one of the album's tracks. Best of the Rest England's Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling will surprise children from the England Amputee Football Association with a visit. YouTube star and inventor Colin Furze has been challenged by Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker cast Daisy Ridley and John Boyega to make a real working landspeeder. Kids' TV classic Crackerjack is being revived for one night only, and the Mock the Week stars will be taking part in a late-night sketch. Also look out for a breathtaking routine from the Circus 1903 stage show. Children in Need airs on BBC One and BBC Two on Friday, November 15 from 7.30pm. Learn more about BT TV Images: BBC