Children in Need raises record total on the night

Last Friday's total of £46.6m comfortably beat last year's high of £37.1m

Last week’s BBC Children in Need raised a record on-the-night total of £46.6m, beating the previous high by almost £10m.

This year’s event, which culminated in a live television show broadcast on Friday night, comfortably beat last year’s on-the-night total of £37.1m, a record at the time.

The 2015 event went on to raise a final total of £55m, also a record.

This year’s show included a special version of Strictly Come Dancing, featuring stars from the British Olympic team and a dance by the cast of EastEnders to music from 1980s films including Footloose and Dirty Dancing.

A comedy sketch featuring the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne trying to reach the Children in Need mascot Pudsey on the telephone but being mistakenly put through to a host of other celebrities was also shown.

The broadcast included a tribute to Children in Need life president Sir Terry Wogan, who died in January.

The inaugural Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award, set up in the presenter’s memory by his family, was given on the night by Wogan’s son Mark to 11-year-old Lauchlan Muir, from Bo’ness, West Lothian, who has raised £10,000 for Children in Need by performing as a human statue.

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