Children in Need‘s annual appeal show returns to the BBC on November 17, but this year’s telethon comes with an exciting new twist.

Every year, Children in Need graces our screens in a bid to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK, using funny skits to charm audiences into donating for good causes.

The three-hour-long fundraiser will see Jason ManfordMel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, Ade Adepitan MBE and Alex Scott MBE return as presenters. 

However, 14-year-old BAFTA-award winning actor Lenny Rush from Doctor Who will be making his presenting debut for this year’s Children In Need – and he isn’t the only Doctor Who actor to grace the screens.

The fundraising show starts at 7pm and is expected to finish at 10pm, full of entertaining skits as usual. 

Star-studded lineup: Children in Need starts at 7pm on November 17 and is expected to finish at 10pm, giving viewers thre hours to absorb the entertainment

Star-studded lineup: Children in Need starts at 7pm on November 17 and is expected to finish at 10pm, giving viewers thre hours to absorb the entertainment

Young talent: 14-year-old BAFTA-award winning actor Lenny Rush from Doctor Who will be making his presenting debut for this year's Children in Need

Young talent: 14-year-old BAFTA-award winning actor Lenny Rush from Doctor Who will be making his presenting debut for this year’s Children in Need

All about the skits 

Iconic doctor: David Tennant, who will be acting out a one-off scene as the fourteenth doctor, aligning with its 60th anniversary specials

Iconic doctor: David Tennant, who will be acting out a one-off scene as the fourteenth doctor, aligning with its 60th anniversary specials

An exciting addition to the celebrity sketches include an appearance by David Tennant, who will be acting out a one-off scene as the fourteenth doctor, aligning with its 60th anniversary specials.

It has been announced that the doctor will share an encounter with a new character, played by Juice actor Mawaan Rizwan. 

And viewers who don’t get the chance to catch 2023’s charity show can catch up on the behind-the-scenes making of the British cult favourite on Doctor Who: Unleashed, available on BBC iPlayer.  

Other skits include culinary icons Greg Wallace and John Torode who will be sure to kick up a fuss in the MasterChef kitchen while joined by the puppets – all aiming to win MasterChef Puppet Champion.

A satirical sketch of the BBC’s very popular Race Across The World will also feature.

Celebrity performances  

Little Mix legend: Leigh-Anne Pinnock is due to perform her single My Love for the first time on TV

Little Mix legend: Leigh-Anne Pinnock is due to perform her single My Love for the first time on TV 

Up-and-coming Nigerian singer JERUB will be performing his new single There Til The End.

The UK’s junior Eurovision entry, girl group STAND UNIQU3 will take viewers back to May when they perform their entry Back to Life.

Former Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock is due to perform her single My Love for the first time on TV.

The cast of British jukebox musical I Should Be So Lucky will perform various songs, including Especially For You.

Children in Need 2023 happens to coincide with Disney’s 100th anniversary – and singer Merryl Ansah will pay tribute by singing a song from their new film Wish, set to be released in late November. 

And finally, the BBC Children in Need Choir will sing You Raise Me Up.

How to donate to Children in Need 

There are several ways to donate to the charity fundraiser – you can donate by credit or debit card on their donation line which can be reached at 03457332233, although calls are charged at standard geographic rates.

An exciting new way to donate is through TikTok. For the first time ever, viewers are invited to support Children in Need by sending special edition Pudsey gifts on TikTok LIVE! 

For every Pudsey gift sent, TikTok will make a donation to BBC Children in Need. 

You can also donate at post offices, banks and building societies, even a month or two after the appeal is broadcast. And if you bank with HSBC, you’re in luck – they accept the donations all year round.

BBC Children in Need will air on Friday November 17, from 7pm to 10pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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