Doctor Who, Catherine Tate, Harry Hill and Terry Wogan score Children in Need record

Last night's marathon BBC1 TV extravaganza sees record pledge with £31,124,896 raised so far


Another Children in Need – another record pledge with £31,124,896 raised so far thanks to the efforts of Pudsey and friends.


Led once again by Sir Terry Wogan the 34th annual fundraiser edged ahead of the £26.7 million raised at the end of the night last year.

Last night ‘s extravaganza featured seven hours of entertainment with musical performances including Ellie Goulding, One Direction, McFly, Busted, Wet Wet Wet and JLS.

Other highlights included Harry Hill performing Aha’s classic Take On Me, to Torvill and Dean hitting the Strictly dance floor and Catherine Tate visiting Holby City. 

Stars Tess Daly, Zoe Ball and Radio 1 DJs Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw also chipped in and special Doctor Who trailer or the much-anticipated Doctor Who anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor also helped draw attention to the night.

The public also did their bit with cake sales in the office, talent contests at school and days spent in tins of baked beans or dressed as Pudsey himself.

David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “Tonight’s total is incredible. The generosity of people across the UK is truly amazing.”

BBC director-general, Tony Hall, added: “People from around the country have joined together to raise a simply staggering sum of money for disadvantaged children. I am never prouder of the BBC than on Children in Need Day.“