This year’s Children in Need Appeal was broadcast live to the nation last night across BBC One and BBC Two from BBC Elstree. The end of night total was a whopping £50,595,053.

Some of the presenters of this year’s Children in Need

Segments of the five-hour entertainment extravaganza were presented by Tess Daly and Ade Adepitan; Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton, and Rochelle and Marvin Humes, who were later joined by Rob Beckett.

A standout performance on the night saw Jamie Cullum take to the stage for a beautiful and emotive performance of the 2018 official single for BBC Children in Need, Love Is In The Picture. Jamie wrote the single especially for the 2018 Appeal and it is available for purchase now. Meanwhile, the cast of EastEnders spread some movie magic across Albert Square with a delightful Disney medley which celebrated Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary. In the saga’s most dazzling effort for the charity yet, the cast took on roles inspired by classic Disney characters whilst performing in The Square. An added sprinkle of Disney animation and special effects brought extra magic to the scenes.

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing special for Children in Need saw the boys from Boyzone take to the dancefloor with Shane Lynch and his professional partner Luba Mushtuk lifting the Pudsey Glitterball trophy. There was an exclusive first-look at Doctor Who’s upcoming festive episode while an incredible young girl who has been supported by a BBC Children in Need funded project visited the sci-fi drama’s film set. She entered the TARDIS and met various cast members including the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker.

Stephen Mangan hosted a special episode of Mastermind which saw four children who have all benefitted from a Children in Need funded project each team up with a celebrity partner to tackle the questions. The famous faces taking part were David Bradley, Tony Clay, Steve McManaman and John Thomson.

Other highlights from the evening included Eddie Redmayne and Zoë Kravitz being fed answers via an ear-piece by a trio of cheeky school-children as they were interviewed by Alex Jones for The One Show; School Of Rock opened the show with a spectacular medley of exclusive songs; Jenny Agutter, Helen George and Jennifer Kirby appeared with an exclusive first-look at Call The Midwifes 2018 Christmas special, and straight from London’s West End, there was a fantastic musical performance from the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge, which saw Matt Baker and six inspirational young people who have been helped by BBC Children in Need funding, cycle the contraption 423 miles, from Calais to Salford, raised an amazing £4.3 million. Michael Ball and Jo Whiley came to the stage to announce the Radio 2 fundraising total for 2018, which was led by Chris Evans, a phenomenal £9.2 million. Countryfile‘s efforts brought in an impressive 2.9 million this year. The total raised for Children in Need Rocks 2018 was also announced, an incredible £632,000. In a fitting tribute to the charity’s Life-President, the show also saw the presentation of the third Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser Of The Year Award, awarded to long-time Children in Need event organiser Keeley Browse.

The 2018 Appeal show also saw world-famous music artists come together for deserving project workers funded by BBC Children in Need. The workers were surprised by some of the biggest names in music including Olly Murs, Craig David, Little Mix, Sheridan Smith and Alfie Boe. The artists joined the project workers in song, giving them the opportunity to duet with their musical idols.

And along the way celebrities including Rob Brydon, Alesha Dixon, Sue Johnston, Little Mix, Naomie Harris, Keeley Hawes, and Katie Piper reminded viewers about where their money goes highlighting the stories of children to have been helped by the charity.

“Once again, people across the UK should be feeling incredibly proud of what has been achieved. The remarkable generosity shown this evening will go on make a lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK who really do need our help. Thank you!” – Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need

The total will continue to rise as the money pours in from the thousands of events already held, or scheduled to happen, across the UK. And it’s not too late to get involved! Organise a fundraising event or donate at bbc.co.uk/Pudsey or 0345 733 2233.

Children in Need has now raised over £1 billion since the first telethon appeal in 1980. The fundraiser began on the radio with a five-minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day in 1927. The first televised appeal was in 1955 and ran until 1979. These were however very different in format to the telethon which Sir Terry Wogan launched in 1980. He first became involved with Children In Need in 1978 when he presented an appeal film.

“Its amazing it now takes seven presenters to do what Sir Terry and Sue Cooke did as a duo for years. I hope they’re not all being paid for it.!” – TV Critic Vivian Summers.

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