Pudsey Bear returns on Friday with another night packed full of celebrities and entertainment as Children in Need celebrates 40 years.

Naturally, the live appeal show will look a little different in 2020, but there will still be music, comedy and other one-off specials during the night.

The action on BBC One will start at the usual time of 7pm on Friday but will be a little shorter this year, ending at 10pm for the news.

Traditionally the live telethon that raises millions to help kids around the UK continues after the headlines and goes on past midnight, but this year it will just run from 7pm-10pm.

Who is taking part in Children in Need?

Four celebrities will be hosting Friday’s fundraising extravaganza.

Comedian Mel Giedroyc will be on presenting duties alongside Alex Scott, Chris Ramsey and Stephen Mangan, with a number of other celebrities expected to pop up and encourage donations during the show.

Musical performances are expected from the likes of Beverley Knight, McFly and Shawn Mendes, as well as Cinderella: The Musical and Six.

Strictly Come Dancing ’s professionals are also expected to put on a show, while comedy sketches will be provided by the casts of King Gary and The Goes Wrong Show.

Meanwhile Matt Baker is also due to appear as he celebrates 10 years of the Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge, while Joe Wicks started his 24 Hour PE Challenge on Thursday morning.

Exclusive special clips from shows including EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who are also promised, as well as a segment involving The Repair Shop team.

Elsewhere, Danny Dyer will hot a special edition of The Wall, in which EastEnders stars Tony Clay and Roger Griffiths try and answer questions about their soap to win money for charity.

Danny Dyer standing on the set of The Wall with fellow EastEnders stars Tony Clay and Roger Griffiths
Danny Dyer's hit BBC One gameshow The Wall is tried out by two familiar faces from EastEnders

Other Children in Need specials will be broadcast before and after Friday’s live show. They include:

The Big Build: Children in Need Special - Thursday November 12, 8pm (BBC One)

Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team transform a dilapidated bus shelter into the world’s first fully adaptive surf centre.

University Challenge Special - Thursday November 12, 1pm (BBC Two)

Teams made up of BBC and ITV stars go head-to-head.

Iain Stirling, Charlene White, Fay Ripley and Joel Dummett represent ITV as they go up against the BBC team made up of Dara O’Briain, Anita Rani, Dane Baptiste and Steve Pemberton.

The Best Bits - Sunday November 15, 3.50pm (BBC One)

Children in Need highlights the last 40 years, presented by Alex Scott and Chris Ramsey.