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Matt Baker returns for The Great Rickshaw Relay Challenge with a one-off special programme

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As announced during The One Show, The Great Rickshaw Relay Challenge (1×60’), made by BBC Studios for BBC One, will see Matt Baker and the team of incredibly inspiring young people, all of whom who have all been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects, take on a relay-style ride in five stages.

Each rider will take a section of the journey, travelling through their hometowns and visiting places across the UK which hold a particular significance for them along the way.

As the challenge enters its 11th year, Matt will be there to pass the “rickshaw baton” between these five inspirational young people. This one-off special will not only highlight the team’s remarkable stories but also celebrate the history of this much-loved BBC Children in Need staple, while at the same time raising life-changing money for the charity, as part of its 2021 Appeal.

Matt Baker says: “I can’t wait to join Harrison, Millie, Liv, Rainbow and Thomas for the 11th Rickshaw Challenge and together, raise money for BBC Children in Need. The first-ever Great Rickshaw Relay Challenge one off special will provide a behind the scenes look at how we get the Rickshaw on the road and the trials and tribulations over an incredible week with some inspirational young people. It’s been a big part of my life over the last 10 years and I’m over the moon we’ve managed to find a way of it happening again and show viewers how their donations help change young lives.”

Rachel Ashdown, BBC Commissioning Editor for Comedy and Entertainment, says: “For 10 years Matt and The One Show team have done a brilliant job in raising a huge amount of money to help young people across the UK. I am thrilled that in this one hour special we will be able to tell the story of the next generation of rickshaw riders and am so grateful to Matt for once again taking on these super human challenge.”

Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive at BBC Children in Need says: “It is always such a privilege to see the positive impact each Rickshaw Challenge has on the young participants, being part of a team and challenging themselves to help raise awareness and money for a cause that they hold so close to their hearts. This year’s new one-off special will allow the courageous young people to tell their inspiring life stories in detail and show viewers how their donations make a difference to real young lives across the UK. I’ll be championing Matt and the 2021 team every step of the way!”

Viewers will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news as the challenge is happening between Monday 1 November and Friday 5 November by tuning into Morning Live on BBC One. The one-off special will be broadcast on BBC One in the run up to this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal.

The Great Rickshaw Relay Challenge (1×60’) is a BBC Studios production for BBC One, commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC. The Executive Producers are Caroline Wright and Peter Davey. The Series Producer is Sam Webb. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.