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BBC Children in Need 2020- COVID guidelines

With the UK coming to terms with a “new normal” due to COVID, we have been working hard to make sure that Children In Need 2020 can continue in a new and safe way.
We have adopted several different measures to protect our talent, contributors and crew as much as possible throughout the production and of course have worked strictly in line with the television industry guidelines for filming safely.


There will be no live studio audience for this year’s show with a reduced number of crew and contributors involved. All crew and contributors at the studio will wear face masks at all times with the exception of talent when on camera. 2m distancing will be enforced and hand sanitisers will be available in every room. Everyone completes a health declaration form before arriving at the studio and temperature checks are taken upon arrival. If you hear cheering and applause that is from our virtual audience who are watching from home.

Location filming

With most of Children In Need 2020 being filmed around the country on location, it’s even more important that we protect not just the crew and contributors but also the public. All shoots were filmed with a skeleton crew with everyone involved signing a health declaration form and social distancing always maintained. The team avoided filming in contributors’ homes and personal areas such as offices.

When filming in commercial properties such as supermarkets and banks, we filmed out of opening hours. Where this was not possible, all contributors and talent were required to wear face coverings and follow all government Covid guidelines. When filming with clinical extremely vulnerable contributors, we avoided filming in their homes. When filming in hospitals or hospices, we followed their strict COVID guidelines.

Diddy Dick and Dom With Little Mix VT

To avoid food wastage the “eggs” used in the sketch being kicked from the sofa were actually empty egg shells placed into an egg box. And if you are wondering how Dick and Dom could sit together they are in a bubble. You will have also seen Little Mix had perspex screens between them much like we used on University Challenge for Children in Need .

Children in Need Choir

This year, the Children in Need Choir performance was produced in a very different way due to the pandemic. Rather than featuring live performances from choirs of children across the nations and regions as normal, we pre-recorded performances from small groups of children (up to 6) at iconic locations across the UK and featured a small choir of 12 children singing in the Children in Need TV Studio. All children were 2.5m apart when singing.

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