Calling all Wannabe Spies! Join Scottish Celebrities on the Hunt to Find Pudsey in Aid of Children in Need

Pudsey has gone missing and real life surveillance experts, Spymasters, are calling for people from across the country to help find him before BBC Children in Need on Friday 20 November.

Spymasters have devised Scotland’s biggest ever spy hunt to find the missing mascot and raise valuable funds in aid of BBC Children in Need.  The winning team from each city will then compete on BBC Children in Need’s live show on Friday 20 November to be crowned top spy team of Scotland on BBC One Scotland.

Scottish celebrities who will take on the role of team captains for the final include; designer John Amabile, Real Radio DJ and presenter Cat Harvey, STV sports presenter Gerry McCulloch, DJ, presenter and journalist Heather Suttie, and former Miss Scotland, Neive Jennings. 

Groups of five friends, workmates, classmates or families can register online to take part in this exciting spy hunt using online clues, tracking down undercover spies and cracking codes to complete an exciting mission.  There is no limit on fitness or age for teams to take part so anyone from school children to grandparents can take up the challenge.

The ‘Spymasters Challenge’ missions will take place in six cities across Scotland from Glasgow to Edinburgh and Inverness to Dumfries.  The winning team from each city will go on to compete live on BBC One Scotland on the Children in Need Appeal night (November 20th) with one of seven celebrity team captains. 

The team challenges will take place on Saturday 14th November in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee, Inverness and Dumfries and on Sunday 15th November, in Edinburgh.

Teams are asked to donate a minimum of £25 per person to raise much needed funds for BBC Children in Need and this can be topped up with any additional sponsorship money raised or additional donations. The team that raises the most money by November 13th will gain automatic entry into BBC One Scotland's live final.

To sign up, register online at:

Using their experience of teaching surveillance to law enforcement agencies and the military, Spymasters devises high adrenaline, real life surveillance espionage scenarios and team building activities to improve self-confidence, decision-making ability and communication skills.


Issued by DADA on behalf of Spymasters

For further information, please contact:

Tracy Simpson on 0141 222 2266/07515 066358 or email

Julie MacSporran on 0141 222 2266/07989 324176 or email

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Venues, dates and times

Sat 14th November

Cineworld, Union Square Shopping Centre, Guild Square, Aberdeen, AB11 5RG, 2p.m

Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose St, Glasgow, G3 6RB, 10a.m

Abertay University, 40 Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG, 10a.m

The Ironworks Live Music Venue, 122b Academy Street, Inverness, 1V1 1LX, 11 a.m

The Odeon Cinema, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JJ, 10a.m

Sun 15th November

Festival Square, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR, 10a.m

  • The event will last between 2-3 hours in total.
  • The prize will be designed for the winning team by the BBC
  • Participants should dress for the weather and remember to wear comfortable shoes.
  • The teams should have an internet enabled device in order to receive codes via online
  • The event is suitable for everyone regardless of fitness levels or age.
  • Participants in the Spymasters Challenge need to be available for the heats on either the 14th or 15th November in their local city and for the final in Glasgow on the evening of the 20th November.
  • The team that raises the most will be notified from 6pm on Sunday 15th November.  In addition the results will be posted online at
  • Spymasters was launched in 2005 in Scotland and is the world’s only provider of real life surveillance espionage scenarios, team building activities and spy days.