More than £55m has been raised so far for charity on Sport Relief‘s live TV show, ahead of a weekend of fundraising. The total of £55,444,906 breaks the previous on-the-night record of £51m.

Davina McCall, David Walliams, Claudia Winkleman, Alesha Dixon, Gary Lineker and Greg James were among those who hosted the BBC show, broadcast from London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Highlights included actor Idris Elba, who starred as Luther in a one-off sketch that reunited him with his nemesis Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) in the BBC One crime drama, and a Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em sketch featuring Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Gemma Arterton and a host of celebrities and sporting stars including the Murray brothers and Bradley Wiggins. 

Britain’s Got Talent judge Walliams, who has a long association with Sport Relief, revived Little Britain character Emily Howard for a sketch with former England footballer Peter Crouch, aka Petra.

The overall total included money raised by Sport Relief Challenges, including Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk, which saw the comedienne trek across the UK from east to west, raising £1,159,220. 

Eddie Izzard, meanwhile, is still in the thick of the action in South Africa as he aims to complete his 27 marathons in 27 days challenge on Sunday.

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