TheBBC's charity and annual telethon. As the name implies, it is dedicated to children and to rectifying "child issues" (child abuse, bullying, youth homelessness, underage prostitution, etc.). Its mascot is a mute yellow teddy bear called Pudsey, with a polka dot handkerchief-bandage tied round one side of his head, covering one of his eyes.

The yearly TV telethon airs in the late autumn on BBC One and involves special musical performances by pop stars, and [[TheMusical West-End casts]] (and, recently, ''the BBC Newsreaders''). It also includes skits and spoofs like UsefulNotes/ComicRelief, although the focus is more on light entertainment than actual comedy. It is one of the few events where programmes from [[{{ITV}} "the other side"]] [[EnemyMine will take part]] (the cast of ''Series/TheBill'' are game for a lot of things). Includes an annual charity single.

The BBC News goes in the middle, separating the show into a family-friendly and not-so-family friendly part. This is usually opposite a special edition of a PanelGame on BBC Two.

After ''Series/DoctorWho'' successfully revived, the BBC has twice made seven-minute shorts to be aired during Children in Need. The first was [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CiNSDoctorWhoChildrenInNeed a transition]] from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS1E13ThePartingOfTheWays The Parting of the Ways]]" to "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]" (2005); the second, "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]" (2007) is a meeting of the Tenth Doctor (Creator/DavidTennant) and the Fifth Doctor (Creator/PeterDavison) which also explains the transition from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E13LastOfTheTimeLords Last of the Time Lords]]" to "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned]]". In 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 they instead aired excerpts from the upcoming [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Specials]]. In 2011 this was preceded by [[ blatant fanservice]]. 2012 saw "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33CINTheGreatDetective The Great Detective]]", a short exploring the Doctor's emotional state between "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E05TheAngelsTakeManhattan The Angels Take Manhattan]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]", while 2013 had an excerpt of "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]".

They'd previously done one in 1993 ("[[Recap/DoctorWho30thASDimensionsInTime Dimensions In Time]]", written off as [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] by the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse[[note]](the [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New Adventures novel]] ''First Frontier'' wrote it off as AllJustADream)[[/note]] and much later by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E12ArmyOfGhosts Army of Ghosts]]"[[note]](by means of MutuallyFictional)[[/note]].) to celebrate the show's 30th Anniversary. Due to contract thingies, this will probably never be aired again or turn up on DVD...not that the fans of either show would mind. The [[MilestoneCelebration 20th-Anniversary special]] "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]" aired on the night in 1983.

This telethon is best watched recorded and with liberal use of the Fast-Forward button.
!!This telethon series contains examples of:
* CrossOver: Not on crack, but a bath full of baked beans (i.e., intensely silly), such as:
** ''Series/DoctorWho''/''EastEnders'' (the aforementioned "Dimensions In Time")
** ''TopGear''/''AshesToAshes''
** For a short period of time, opposite the news, ''[[HaveIGotNewsForYou Have I Got]] [[NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Buzzcocks]] [[TheyThinkItsAllOver All Over]]'' before the third part of that was canned. This slot is now usually filled by a VerySpecialEpisode of ''{{QI}}''.
** Peter Kay's Animated All-Star Band; a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover of nearly every significant British StopMotion kids' cartoon (with a few 2D British and American cartoons being shown on TV screens with "Live via Satellite" on, most likely to avoid serious MediumBlending), doing "The Official BBC Children in Need Medley" as a charity single.
** The 2010 edition gave us ''[[EastEnders East]][[CoronationStreet Street]]''.
** In 2011, ''[[DragonsDen Dragons']] [[Series/TheApprentice Apprentice]]''.
* DistaffCounterpart: In 2009, Pudsey was joined by his 'best friend', a female brown bear called Blush, who wears [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics a bow]] made from the same spotty material as Pudsey's eyepatch. She's still not actually used much outside of TheMerch though.
* {{Filler}}
* LittlestCancerPatient: Pudsey, symbolically.