The BBC Children in Need appeal raised a record £49.6m last year, the charity has announced.
The total beats the previous record of £46.1m in 2011, and means that the charity has raised more than £740m since it was first aired in 1980. The event raised £43.3m in 2012.
The 2013 total includes £31.1m raised on the telethon night in November, which was also a record.
Children in Need said that every penny raised since 1980 had gone to support children and young people in the UK.
Sir Terry Wogan, life president of the charity, said: "Each year we’re amazed by the generosity of the great British public. 2013 was far from an easy year but, thanks to their ongoing support, we’ve been fortunate enough to have another record-breaking total.
"When we hosted the first televised appeal in 1980, we were delighted with the £1m raised. I don’t think any of us could have dreamed how far it would come."
The next Children in Need telethon will take place on 14 November.