Dame Edna returns to Children in Need

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Ever since it was created, Dame Edna’s mouth has been the playground for new viewers to learn silly, improv-style language.

Performing puppet recitals in the 1960s, she’s made her mark not only on television, but as a pop star.

By the 1990s, Dame Edna and her idiosyncratic alter ego, Edmund Hillary, would visit schools across the UK to talk to students about life and to encourage them to become the next generation of early adopters of technology.

A karaoke studio on the Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, set once again to play host to Dame Edna in London, The Big Edna Show will once again focus on young people’s relationship with technology and how it can provide some of the essential tools needed for their future to work.

Joining Dame Edna will be her former sidekick Cat Stevens and Sir Ian McKellen, as all three discuss the important role of technology in a child’s life.

Hosted by Alan Carr, the trio will embark on a mission to find just such ‘bright minds’ for areas across the country.

But we won’t see any ordinary faces as the show will see them meeting the great and good of the children’s world – many familiar faces such as Mr. Tumble, the chocolate frog from Matt Corner’s CBeebies show, and Arthur from Mr. Blobby.

Dame Edna will also tackle the conundrum of one-off characters who are unfamiliar with their true identity.

This year’s show will also see a gender-swapped version of the iconic Britannia-head puppet.

These exclusive pictures show the newly created character dressed as a woman, continuing Dame Edna’s pioneering spirit of female equality.

In addition to an exclusive 1-hour episode of Dame Edna starring Sir Ian McKellen, viewers can vote for the favourite celebrity guest on Children in Need’s Connect show on 7 September.

People are able to vote for their choice for the scene of the year, helping Children in Need to gather the most impressive and innovative support for their 2019 campaign.

Earlier this year BBC Children in Need CEO Carolyn McCall revealed that to mark its 75th birthday they have received more funding from corporate partners than ever before.

The closest gap they’ve ever come to filling was when Stephen Hawking spent a night on Children in Need with his support of their campaign ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Science’ .

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