The BBC's Children in Need has announced an impressive grand total for 2021's telethon.
The three-hour live special on BBC One concluded late Friday (November 19) with the big announcement that £39,389,048 had been raised directly from the TV appeal.
This fundraising figure is particularly impressive since, like last year, the BBC scaled back Children in Need to a three-hour primetime spot on BBC One rather than an all-night event as in years past.
The 2021 Children in Need show had one massive format change from prior telethons, in that it was the first hosted live from the BBC's Media City UK studios in Salford.
Mel Giedroyc, Graham Norton, Chris Ramsey and Alex Scott presented a night of comedy, entertainment, music and appeals from some of the biggest names in showbiz all to raise money for the most vulnerable.
EastEnders cast member Danny Dyer brought back his intimidating gameshow The Wall with CBBC presenters Sam and Mark taking on the Freefall to win money for children.
Also included was a touching mini-episode of tear-jerker The Repair Shop, while Paddy McGuinness and his panel of Jimmy Carr, Amanda Holden, Alison Hammond and Pudsey Bear guessed BBC News presenters on a special edition of I Can See Your Voice.
Some of the biggest names in music turned up to lend their support to Children in Need, as Ed Sheeran and Tom Grennan both performed live during the telethon.
RuPaul's Drag Race UK queens Veronica Green, Tia Kofi and Divina DeCampo made a very special appearance to join the cast of the West End's 9 to 5 on stage.
While the live TV portion of Children in Need 2021 may be over, it's definitely not too late to do your part to help those who need it most across the UK right now.
If you want to donate £20 to Children in Need, you can text 'DONATE' to 70420. If you'd prefer to donate a different amount, please visit the BBC's Children in Need website to specify your contribution.
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