This year’s Children In Need telethon has raised a record on-the-night total of £26m, following a star-studded BBC1 show on Friday evening.

The total sum, which was announced as the six-hour charity spectacular came to an end at 2am, was £26,332,334 – over £8m more than was made during the 2010 show.

“That is the greatest single total we have ever made in one night, so thank you,” host Sir Terry Wogan said.

“Thank you to the British people in these tough times to come up with that kind of money on behalf of Britain’s children.”

The BBC One show featured a wide range of stars including Gary Barlow, JLS, Susan Boyle, Gok Wan, Alan Sugar and the casts of Doctor Who and EastEnders.

It kicked off with One Direction singing their recent chart-topper What Makes You Beautiful, and there were also performances in the studio from JLS, Westlife, Susan Boyle and Will Young. Lady Gaga and Adele also appeared in special pre-recorded sequences.

Gary Barlow was in the studio to introduce this year’s official Children In Need single Teardrop by The Collective, a group which includes the likes of rappers Tinie Tempah, Labrinth and Wretch 32, singer Ed Sheeran and X Factor judge Tulisa.

Earlier in the evening Matt Baker arrived at the BBC studios, having completed a rickshaw ride from Edinburgh to London, in a journey which lasted eight days and covered 484 miles. The presenter raised £1,263,272 during the trip.

And BBC newsreaders Susanna Reid, Sophie Raworth, Emily Maitlis and Sian Williams took part in a special one-off edition of Strictly Come Dancing, while Alan Sugar met his match when he featured in a special edition of Dragons’ Den.

The cast of The Wizard Of Oz also performed in the studio, and raised £10,000 for the appeal.

This year’s show was once again presented by Wogan, who was joined by co-hosts Fearne Cotton, Alesha Dixon and Tess Daly.