Each year, the BBC holds its Children in Need appeal. The event raises millions of pounds for charitable causes that benefit children in the U.K., with places of work, schools and social groups across the country holding fundraisers. The event culminates in a televised appeal show which runs all night on the BBC. Celebrities gather to help raise the profile of the show, often taking part in dances, musical performances or sketches to entertain everyone. Children in Need also gives the first sneak peek of the Doctor Who Christmas special each year.
Both J.K. Rowling and Eddie Redmayne are long-time supporters of Children in Need – and with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being released in theaters on the same day as Children in Need (November 18), Redmayne decided to take part in a sketch, featuring the most prominent BBC hosts and characters, including the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. Jamie Dornan, Simon Cowell, Britney Spears and Graham Norton also feature in the sketch. You can view the sketch in its entirety, above.
As well as raising the global profile of Children in Need, Redmayne is also enjoying massive success with Fantastic Beasts. After raking in an impressive $75 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend, the movie has continued to pull large audiences, taking over $170.7 million overseas, bringing its total takings for the first five days of its release to over $261 million worldwide.
In the U.K. (and across the globe), Harry Potter fans feel a real affinity with anything Rowling creates that is related to the wizarding world that Harry, Ron and Hermione inhabit. Though Newt Scamander might not be the most dynamic of characters, he is certainly one of the most endearing, and fans are looking forward to seeing more of him as the Fantastic Beasts franchise progresses.
Meanwhile, Doctor Who, another product of the U.K., is hoping that it can win viewers back when season 10 starts in Spring 2017. The sneak peek of the Christmas special on Children in Need gave a good hint of what’s to come; namely bullet proof superheroes that can fly. Capaldi will be joined in the TARDIS by Matt Lucas as Nardole, while Justin Chatwin adopts the alter-ego of Doctor Mysterio.
The Children in Need sketch is fun and it’s great to see so many high profile celebrities willing to donate their time. However, it’s also to raise awareness of a very good cause. Thus far, 2016’s appeal has raised £46.6 million, but there is still time to donate, should you wish to.