Children In Need
Sir Terry was lined up to helm the TV event along Nick Grimshaw, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Rochelle Humes BBC

Children In Need is back on our screens tonight (13 November), with the telethon celebrating its 35th anniversary. To make sure you don't miss any of the best bits of the star-packed show, and to ensure you can donate, IBTimesUK have compiled a list of everything you need to know about the broadcast...

When is it on?

The fundraising event will begin on BBC One at 7:30pm, following The One Show's Children In Need special. The campaign will swap to BBC Two between 10pm and 10:30pm before returning to BBC One for its final segment between 10:40pm and 2am.

Who's hosting?

Dermot O'Leary
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As per tradition, Sir Terry Wogan was signed on as tonight's main host, but he has had to pull out of the event at the last minute due to 'health reasons'. Dermot O'Leary will be replacing Wogan, as the knighted TV vet undergoes a procedure on his back which will reportedly last for six-and-a-half hours.

O'Leary will be helped to lead the event by co-hosts Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton, Rochelle Humes and Tess Daly across the evening.

Who's performing?

Musical guests Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez and Rod Stewart will all take to the stage during the broadcast live performances. Jess Glynne will also be singing her latest track Take Me Home, which has been chosen as the official single for this year's BBC Children In Need.

You can help the show's proceeds by downloading the song from iTunes, Spotify and Deezer now, but if you'd rather wait for the physical copy, you can purchase the CD from today at HMV, Asda, Tesco, Amazon and independent retailers across the UK.

Jess Glynne
Ian Gavan

Bruce Forsyth will return to Strictly Come Dancing, to host a Call The Midwife one-off special alongside Tess Daly. The ITV actors taking part include Jenny Agutter, Jack Ashton, Laura Main and Stephen McGann.

Shane Richie will host the BBC Two appeal show, straight from EastEnders' Albert Square, during which Peter Andre will perform Frank Sinatra's Come Fly With Me to all of the Old Vic's regulars. Harry Hill will also front a special of his show TV Burp.

One segment will see Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills face his fears of heights by abseiling down the 400-ft Blackpool Tower, while Star Wars fans will also be treated to a franchise-themed sketch that will star R2D2, C-3PO, Warwick Davis and Martin Freeman. The Apprentice's Lord Alan Sugar will also be making an appearance in the skit, as Darth Vader. Naturally.

The show will feature performances from the West End casts of productions Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, Kinky Boots and Bend it Like Beckham, while Westlife's Shane Filan and former Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle will sing their duet, I Could Be, for the first time on TV.

How to donate

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Donations by text message are already open, and you can give by texting "PADDLE" to 70701 to give £1, "DONATE" to 70705 to give £5, or "DONATE" to 70710 for £10. Text messages cost £1, plus the standard network message rate. These lines remain open until 31 January, so there's plenty of time to donate after the show.

To donate by post, send a cheque, postal order or CAF voucher (but not cash) to "BBC Children in Need Appeal, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB". Alternatively, you can donate online by card or Paypal through the Children in Need website, or using a Natwest or RBS ATM.

If you want to get a little more involved, there is still time! Just order or download a fundraising pack from the Children in Need website, and start your own charity campaign.

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