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EastEnders will be missing its usual end of week spot to make room for this year’s Children In Need. However, with the BBC promising a jam-packed annual telethon, soap fans may see some familiar faces.

Recently on EastEnders, Tom ‘Rocky’ Cotton (played by Brian Conley) and Dotty Cotton (Molly Conlin) have been scheming against Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) in hope to steal her inheritance money left by the late Dot Cotton (June Brown) as Rocky pretended to be her long-lost father.

The secret has been kept for months but was almost revealed when Dotty’s mum Sandy stepped foot on Albert Square after it was believed she had died in a car crash 11 years ago.

Dotty began to worry Sandy (Martha Cope) would reveal Rocky’s true identity as Dotty’s uncle Tom.

While fans wait to see if Sonia will learn the truth about Rocky and Dotty’s scheming, Children In Need will be the entertainment of the night for BBC audiences.

Presenters of the fundraising show will include Ade Adepitan MBE, Mel Giedroyc, Graham Norton, Chris Ramsey and Alex Scott MBE.

The money raised on the show help fund and support local charities and projects that provide essential support to children and young people throughout the UK.

This year’s Appeal Show will programmes such as I Can See Your Voice, The Wall, Team GB and Paralympics GB School Sports Day, The Repair Shop, The Graham Norton Show – Red Chair special, Angels of the North, First Dates and musical performances.

While soap fans may feel that they are missing out on their EastEnders fix, they’ll see two soap favourites head out on a date.

The First Dates charity special will show EastEnders’ Janine Butcher (Charlie Brookes) on a date with Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson).

Comical musical performances can be seen by BBC Sport presenter Mike Bushell, newsreader Kate Silverton and Radio 2 presenter Jason Mohammad featuring in a special episode of I Can See Your Voice.

Judging on the panel will be Jimmy Carr, Alison Hammond and Amanda Holden, who are also helped by Pudsey himself.

Meanwhile, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has raised £1m for Children In Need 2021 by taking part in a danceathon which lasted 24 hours.

The singer began the challenge at 9.25am on Tuesday 16 November, and came to a close the following day at 9.25am on Wednesday 17 November. Dancing in glittery outfits, Sophie was overwhelmed by the support she had received.

Speaking live to Zoe Ball on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show as the dancing came to an end, a tearful Ellis-Bextor said: “What a team, thank you so much. I’ve been so well-supported.”

Thanking the public for their support, she said: “This has been extraordinary. I always thought this would be a privilege to have done.”

She continued: “Thank you to everybody who donated and everybody who gave me energy and support and messages, it’s got me through.”

Fortunately for EastEnders fans they don’t have too long to wait for the next instalment of the soap as it will return on Monday at 8pm.

Children In Need airs tonight from 7pm on BBC One.

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