Chil­dren in Need broad­cast raises more than £50 mil­lion

The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -

THE star-stud­ded Chil­dren In Need ap­peal show was the most-watched pro­gramme of the day as more than £50 mil­lion was raised for the char­ity.

The telethon drew an av­er­age au­di­ence of 6.2 mil­lion and peaked at 7.1 mil­lion, with a share of 32.5%, ac­cord­ing to overnight rat­ings.

The TV fundraiser, which aired on Fri­day on BBC One from 7.30pm un­til 10pm, and then from 10.40pm un­til 2am, was up against pro­grammes in­clud­ing two episodes of Corona­tion Street on ITV and Gog­gle­box on Chan­nel 4.

A to­tal of £50,595,053 was do­nated to the cause – mean­ing more than £1 bil­lion has been raised by the char­ity since the first ma­jor ap­peal in 1980.

Within the first two-and-a-half hours of the an­nual pro­gramme, view­ers had coughed up £33,949,774 as the char­ity spec­tac­u­lar de­lighted au­di­ences with a num­ber of TV treats.

Boy­zone re­united for their own ver­sion of Strictly Come Danc­ing, with Shane Lynch and pro­fes­sional part­ner Luba Mush­tuk lift­ing the 2018 Pud­sey Glit­ter­ball tro­phy.

The cast of East­End­ers per­formed a med­ley of Dis­ney songs from Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin and Frozen as Al­bert Square moved to the West End, while ac­tor and co­me­dian Stephen Man­gan hosted a spe­cial episode of Master­mind fea­tur­ing ex-foot­baller Steve McMana­man.

A num­ber of other BBC pro­grammes also helped raise money for the char­ity, in­clud­ing a mas­sive £9.2m from Ra­dio 2.

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