The BBC has announced the first ever edition of Puppet Masterchef as part of this week’s Children in Need marathon broadcast.
Amongst the furry friends making an appearance are Tinky Winky, Hacker T Dog, Dodge, Basil Brush and favourites from 1970s-90s series Rainbow, Zippy and George. Like any flesh-and-blood contestant, the puppets will be expected to wow judges Greg Wallace and John Torode with their culinary flair.
Tinky Winky made a name for themselves on hit CBeebies series Teletubbies, whereas Hacker T Dog first appeared in CBBC’s Scoop. The canine personality was later introduced as a presenter in the CBBC office, with half-brother Dodge joining soon after.
Another notable part of this year’s Children in Need is an exclusive mini-episode of Doctor Who. David Tennant (Broadchurch) stars as the 14th Doctor opposite Mawaan Rizwan (Juice), who sports the uniform of a Kaled, a humanoid ancestor of the evil Daleks. In a promotional image for the short, the Doctor is seen next to what appears to be Dalek casing.
Six celebrities will also be facing Graham Norton’s Big Red Chair. They will need to tell jokes that impress three children who have benefited from projects funded by Children in Need, and who won’t hesitate to pull the lever if the punchlines don’t land.
Children in Need begins at 7.00pm on Friday 17 November on BBC One.