Children In Need raises record £31m sum

It’s been another triumphant year for the BBC’s annual Children In Need telethon which once again raised a record-breaking sum of money.

Official figures revealed at the end of Friday’s six-hour show that £31m had been raised on the night – easily outstripping 2012’s record total of £26m.

The show, presented by Terry Wogan with co-hosts Tess Daly, Nick Grimshaw, Zoe Ball and Fearne Cotton, delivered a host of memorable moments as fund-raising events continued to take place around the UK.

Highlights included live performances from the EastEnders set including an ensemble dance to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky as well as guests visiting the Queen Vic throughout the night.

JLS also made their way to Walford for a performance of some of their greatest hits.

Meanwhile Doctor Who fans were treated to a first-look clip of upcoming 50th anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor – revealing the moment when Time Lords Matt Smith and David Tennant meet for the first time.

There were also studio performances from One Direction – performing recent hit Best Song Ever – and the cast of West End hit Matilda, as well as the TV debut of newly formed supergroup McBusted, comprising members of Busted and McFly.

Elsewhere Jayne Torvill was crowned champion of the Strictly Come Dancing Children In Need special ahead of skating partner Christopher Dean, while Harry Hill and Sinitta were joined by Hary Bikers Dave Myers and Si King in a wacky recreation of A-ha’s Take On Me video.

Terry Wogan expressed his delight at the sum raised, calling the total “absolutely brilliant”.

“It’s been a staggering total, it’s beyond our wildest dreams,” he added. “I want to thank you, thank you so much for your contributions.”

 

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