When is BBC’s Children in Need? Start time, channel, and how to watch

BBC charity Children in Need has organised fundraising events and challenges for decades, with funds going to local charities and projects across the UK to remove the barriers facing children and young people.

More than 2,500 local charities and projects currently receive funding from Children in Need.

Every year, celebrities often get involved, lending their voices to the cause and taking part in televised challenges to encourage people to donate money.

Their efforts culminate in a televised show after several weeks of different campaigns.

Here’s when Children in Need will be this year and how you can get involved.

What is Children in Need?

Children in Need is a charity set up by the BBC in order to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

In order to raise money, the broadcaster holds an annual Children in Need appeal. Through fundraising, televised events, and appeals, BBC Children in Need has raised more than £1 billion.

Each year, Children in Need works with a wide range of organisations, funding more than 3,900 charities and projects that support vulnerable children and young people all over the country.

Who will present Children in Need 2022?

The presenters of this year’s show are set to be Ade Adepitan, Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, Alex Scott and Jason Manford.

Talking about this year’s campaign, Positive Relationships, Jason Manford said: “This year’s Positive Relationships campaign is so important – we need to ensure that children have the basic essentials, like a hot meal and a warm home, and the support they need to be the best they can be.”

Returning presenter Chris Ramsey also commented on the matter: “Right now, when the cost-of-living crisis is causing more children and families to feel anxious about their futures, money raised through BBC Children in Need’s 2022 Appeal will enable the charity to provide vital frontline support workers for children in communities across the UK.”

Pudsey's back: Children In Need returns for another round of fundraising (BBC)
Pudsey's back: Children In Need returns for another round of fundraising (BBC)

When is Children in Need 2022?

Children in Need Appeal Night Show will air on BBC One and iPlayer from 7 pm to 10 pm tonight (November 18).

The night is set to be jam-packed with exciting performances, music, sketches, and more.

Romesh Ranganathan will be hosting a special edition of the iconic game show the Weakest Link. Bradley Walsh will host a children’s takeover of Blankety Blank, welcoming Maisie Smith and John Waite. Plus, the Repair Shop team will share a very special restoration story.

The Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Awards will see BBC Children in Need honour their supporters, with BBC Radio 2’s Michael Ball OBE announcing the winners.

Plus, Graham Norton’s Big Red Chair make an appearance.

This year’s campaign is called Positive Relationships and focuses on the life-changing differences these relationships make in a child’s life.

How to get involved with Children in Need 2022

As well as donating to causes in your area or during the Children in Need TV spot, there are various fundraising activities you can get involved with.

The Countryfile Ramble is back for 2022 and you can donate to support people participating in rambles across the UK here.

You can also sign up to do your own sponsored ramble and raise money for children who need it.

BBC Children in Need are also organising SPOTacular challenges across the UK this year, ranging from bake sales to Pudsey-approved beer pong. You can find out more on their website, or organise your own challenge. Activities include spotty fancy dress and spotty nail painting.

In addition, the Pudsey shop is back with new items and the proceeds go towards Children in Need’s causes.

Ranging from special-edition Doctor Who Pudsey bears to Countryfile ramble bobble hats, you can browse all the new offerings on the Children in Need online shop.

What else to watch on TV for Children in Need

DIY SOS aired a special episode in Leeds as part of a Children in Need-funded project called the Getaway Girls on Wednesday, November 16. It is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

In the episode, Nick Knowles and his team built the charity’s new building in Seacroft from the ground up with the assistance of a large group of volunteers, in just nine days.

Blue Peter’s Matt Baker took part in a relay-style ride over five days, along with five other young people travelling through their hometowns, and visiting places across the UK which hold a particular significance for them along the way.

The Rickshaw Relay one-off documentary can be caught on BBC iPlayer.

To donate to Children in Need, visit the BBC.

How old is Pudsey bear?

Pudsey Bear appeared in 1985, so that makes him 37 years old.

He was created by BBC designer Joanna Ball, and took his name from her home town in Yorkshire.