Children In Need is back for 2021 and its appeal show looks set to be bigger and better than ever.

The annual November telethon will bring together some of TV's biggest names including presenters Ade Adepitan MBE, Mel Giedroyc, Graham Norton, Chris Ramsey and Alex Scott MBE.

These famous faces will be presenting live from the studio in Salford, helping us to build on last year's astounding £41 million grand total.

The BBC is also giving you the chance to get closer to all the action with its live virtual audience.


When is the Children In Need Appeal 2021?

Children In Need will return for its appeal show on Friday, November 19 2021.

The telethon will be broadcast across BBC One and BBC Two. 

A start time hasn't been confirmed yet but since the recording begins of its virtual audience at 7pm, the appeal show will likely to be kicking off shortly after.

The Children In Need Appeal virtual audience

The BBC is inviting the British public to be part of its virtual audience for its Children In Need Appeal show.

While the presenters will be live from dock10 in Salford, you can watch the show from the comfort of your sofa and still be closer than ever to all the action.

You'll be able to watch the fundraising spectacular live as well as interact and react as all the excitement unfolds, including Graham Norton's Red Chair Special and a musical performance from the cats of 9 to 5 the musical.

Being part of the virtual audience means your applause, cheers and laughs will be brought together with the rest of the virtual audience and played out live into the studio and on TV too.

As a live audience member, there will be some added perks too since you’ll have the exclusive chance to see the show's very own warm-up act - just like you do in the studio- before going live.

The jam-packed show will include exclusive sketches, music and dance performances along with a few surprises.

It is an especially fantastic opportunity to be part of the audience when you can't be there in person.

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How to apply for the Children In Need virtual audience

1.  Apply for a ticket

Follow this link to the BBC's website where under the 'Shows' section, you'll find the option to apply for the Children In Need virtual audience.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

When the BBC receives your ticket request, your details will be added to the list of applicants. 

Tickets are usually dispatched around three weeks ahead of the recording date.

2. Receive a message

If your request is eligible, you will be allocated a ticket and will be sent an email that will explain how to access the recording.

Tickets are allocated in the order they are received until a maximum of available tickets has been given out.

If you're unsuccessful, you will be kept on the waiting list in case anyone cancels their tickets.

3. Join online

Successful applicants will be sent details of how to access the online event via email.

The BBC recommends that you make sure you have internet access prior to the event and that you are ready to log in to enjoy the exclusive online content on time.

Online access is open from 6.30pm with the recording period starting at 7pm and ending at 10pm.

Apply for the Children In Need Virtual Audience 2021.

Children In Need will air On Friday, November 19 on BBC One and Two.