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Sunderland Echo - - Opinion -

n all-star pre­sent­ing line up, an un­for­get­table night of en­ter­tain­ment and mil­lions of pounds raised for char­ity: it’s time for BBC Chil­dren In Need 2018.

More than 2,500 projects that are help­ing chil­dren in com­mu­ni­ties across the UK are sup­ported by the char­ity, which aims to help young peo­ple fac­ing a range of dis­ad­van­tages, whether it be liv­ing in poverty, be­ing dis­abled or ill, or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­tress, ne­glect or trauma.

And the mam­moth ap­peal show, which was first broad­cast in 1980, al­ways makes for an amaz­ing night of tele­vi­sion - all with the help of Pud­sey Bear of course.

For Graham Nor­ton, some of the things he most en­joys about the night in­clude “the chance to hang out with Mel Giedroyc, who is a joy” and “the other is be­ing able to see th­ese sto­ries of peo­ple who are helped by BBC Chil­dren In Need that is al­ways a high­light”.

He adds: “There aren’t many things that unify this great coun­try, but I do think BBC Chil­dren In Need is one of them.”

Here, we chat to all of the pre­sen­ters to find out what’s in store this year.

Co­me­dian and TV pre­sen­ter Rob Beck­ett, 32, has just landed his first stint as a host for Chil­dren In Need.

The fresh-faced star has had to win over au­di­ences as a stand-up co­me­dian, so you have to won­der how he’s feel­ing about the mam­moth task at hand.

“The thing is,” says Beck­ett down the phone, “I try not to get too worked up over stuff like this. My mum’s al­ways told me just be­cause the sit­u­a­tion changes, doesn’t mean you have to.”

Each year, the ap­peal show is filled with in­cred­i­bly emo­tive and

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