Viewers from across the UK raised £46,624,259 for BBC Children in Need.
Graham Norton hosts, with a photograph of Sir Terry Wogan behind.
“Everyone should feel really proud. The remarkable generosity shown, and the amazing total raised, will go on to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK. Thank you!” – Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need
The annual fundraising event, broadcast on BBC One and Two, brought together a special night of family entertainment to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
Presenting pairs Greg James & Tess Daly, Graham Norton & Ade Adepitan and Rochelle & Marvin Humes in turn presided as the stage came to life with performances from Little Mix, Zara Larsson, Busted, David Brent, and Craig David – as well as from the casts of Strictly, EastEnders, Aladdin and Motown.
Other treats included a Fantastic Beasts special, a children’s edition of Would I Lie To You, previews of Doctor Who and Call The Midwife’s Christmas Specials and a Citizen Khan vs Citizen Kane sketch.
EastEnders went back to the 1980s for musical numbers from the movies.
Matt Baker and six young people who have all benefited from BBC Children in Need funding were welcomed home by Alex Jones, after they cycled the length of the country, from Jedburgh to New Broadcasting House, as part of The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge finale – raising an amazing £3,565,044 along the way.
The Radio 2 team announced their fundraising total for 2016, £5,813,784 while the totals for DIY SOS: Million Pound Build for BBC Children in Need and Countryfile were announced as £347,486 and £2,607,182 respectively.
Celebrities including Nadiya Hussain, Len Goodman, James McAvoy, Matt Baker, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Sheen, Sheridan Smith, and Ellie Simmonds reminded the country about where their money goes with stories of the children and young people who have received support from BBC Children in Need funded projects, thanks to the generosity of people across the UK and their fundraising efforts.
Team GB took to the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor.
A special thank you went out to school children across the UK who have pulled out all the stops in their ‘Spotactular’ fundraising and are currently on track to raise an incredible £5million.
Poignantly, the inaugural Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award – an accolade for the Charity’s fundraisers, of whom the late Sir Terry was a huge champion – featured for the first time. The award was given to 11 year-old Lauchlan who, in his sixth year of fundraising for BBC Children in Need, performed as a living statue in shopping centres across Central Scotland.