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Presenters confirmed for BBC Children in Need’s 40th anniversary live appeal show

On Friday 13th November, the BBC Children in Need annual appeal show returns for a jam-packed evening of entertainment as an exciting line-up of familiar faces come together to help raise money for disadvantaged children around the UK.

Live from BBC Elstree Studios, Mel Giedroyc will be returning to host the annual appeal show alongside Alex Scott MBE, Chris Ramsey and  Stephen Mangan who will all be hosting BBC Children in Need for the first time.

Returning to present the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal night, Mel Giedroyc said: “BBC Children in Need is 40, it’s older than me, I can’t believe it! It is an absolute honour for me to join the rest of the gang hosting a heart-warming, fabulous, surprising and entertaining show – it’s going to be blooming brilliant and a dazzingly delightful night of top telly!”

On taking on the Appeal night’s presenting duties for the first time, Alex Scott MBE said: “It feels so surreal to be a presenter on BBC Children in Need – it’s a complete honour. It has been a show which I have grown up with, so to be joining the presenting line-up is amazing. I don’t think a little 8-year-old Alex watching at home all those years ago would have ever dreamed that one day she could be presenting it. It goes to show that anything can happen, no matter your circumstances or background – never stop dreaming. It’s going to be a great show, for an incredible cause, so see everyone on 13th November.”

Chris Ramsey added: “BBC Children in Need is a National institution and the show is an amazing night for an incredible cause. When they asked me to be involved in the show I assumed I’d be dressed up as Pudsey or something but they actually want me to be on the presenting team. It‘s a huge honour and I’m looking forward to helping to raise huge amounts of money and also not sweating as much as I would have in the Pudsey costume.”

Stephen Mangan said: “I could not be more honoured to be part of this year’s BBC Children in Need, especially during such difficult times. BBC Children in Need is an incredibly important institution and this year more than ever we need to get together to do all we can to help disadvantaged children.”

The live show, made by BBC Studios, begins at 7pm, BBC One, Friday 13th November. More exciting details about what is happening on the night will be announced in due course.

About BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. The charity will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 3,900 local charities and projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions, and programmes and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programmes made by the business are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, Doctor Who and Bluey. BBC Studios has offices in 22 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which ordinarily makes around 2500 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Amazon and China Mobile, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment and international distribution for programme titles. To the BBC, BBC Studios contributes both cash dividends and funds for programme-making, supporting the licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

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