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Eddie Redmayne 'chuffed' to be asked to star in Children in Need sketch

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Children In Need this year will star Eddie Redmayne, along with an EastEnders 'extravaganza' and a special junior edition of Would I Lie To You?

November's BBC Children in Need appeal night will feature a special sketch starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

The sketch was filmed on the set of his new film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and features more showbiz stars alongside Eddie, who won the best actor Academy Award for The Theory of Everything in 2014.

Eddie said: “I have such fond memories of Children in Need - growing up, I loved watching all the special sketches and performances, and of course, Sir Terry Wogan’s inimitable presenting. It is a charity very close to my heart so you can only imagine how chuffed I was to be asked to do a special sketch for this year.  I can’t wait for you all to see what we have in store.”

As well as Eddie's sketch, Children In Need night will screen an EastEnders segment which producers promise will be an 'extravaganza which is sure to take many people’s breath away', while Rob Brydon is back in the host’s chair for a very special Children in Need junior edition of Would I Lie To You?

Other stand-outs included a mass children's choir singing in unison from 10 different lcoations around Britain; Olympic stars joining up with Strictly professionals on the dance floor; a special performance by Michael Bublé, as well as Little Mix and the cast of Aladdin The Musical.

The BBC Children in Need 2016 presenters are Tess Daly, Greg James, Graham Norton, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes and it will take place on Friday, November 18 on BBC1.