The BBC’s Children in Need raises a stunning £39 million in a show-record-breaking year.
The BBC’s annual Children in Need campaign featured live performances by Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie, as well as skits by Graham Norton, EastEnders, and Corrie cast members.
In a record-breaking year for the annual appeal, BBC’s Children in Need raised a whopping £39, 389, 048.
After being unable to host a live audience last year owing to Covid regulations, the event was able to do so this year.
The annual fundraising event, which commemorated nearly 40 years of fundraising, aired on BBC One on Friday (November 19) and included another star-studded lineup.
Graham Norton, Ade Adepitan, Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, and Alex Scott hosted the show, which also included Ade Adepitan, Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, and Alex Scott.
When Graham and Mel announced the total amount raised at the conclusion of the night, they were overjoyed.
A celebrity edition of Channel 4’s First Dates aired on the night, with characters from EastEnders and Coronation Street partnered up for a romantic evening.
Janine Butcher, played by Charlie Brooks on EastEnders, was paired with Corrie’s resident Romeo, Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson).
Danny Dyer, who plays Danny on EastEnders, morphed into a game show host for a unique version of The Wall, which raised almost £23,000 for the charity.
Graham Norton was even persuaded to sit in his iconic Red Chair, which is famed for throwing guests backwards while they try to deliver interesting stories on The Graham Norton Show.
Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, and One Direction’s Niall Horan were among the performers at the event.
Owain Wyn Evans, a BBC weatherman, raised nearly £3 million for Children in Need during his drumathon, the charity’s most successful 24-hour challenge to date.
Sophie Ellis-24-hour Bextor’s dance challenge netted her £1 million.
After cycling 142 miles across the country, presenter Matt Baker made nearly £2 million.
Friday’s program was the first to be broadcast live from the BBC’s Salford studio, and the Children in Need choir’s exquisite version of Andra Day’s Rise Up moved many viewers to tears.
When some of their favorite TV puppets, such as Gordon the Gopher and Basil Brush, appeared in a charity music video, fans went crazy.
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, a Starship song from 1987, was performed by the puppets.
Children in Need raised approximately £37 million last year, a stunning sum that later climbed to £57 million.
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