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Children in Need: 'Record-breaking' £37m raised by show

Dermot O'Leary and Tess Daly
Image caption Dermot O'Leary replaced Sir Terry Wogan as host after the 77-year-old pulled out for "health reasons"

More than £37m has been raised so far for BBC Children in Need, beating last year's total of £32.6m.

One Direction, actress Dame Helen Mirren and Sherlock actor Martin Freeman were among the host of stars featured in Friday's fund-raising show.

Dermot O'Leary hosted this year's fundraiser, replacing Sir Terry Wogan after the 77-year-old pulled out for "health reasons".

BBC Children in Need tweeted that the total raised was a "record-breaker".

The show was also presented by Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Saturdays star Rochelle Humes and BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

Sir Terry pulled out for the first time since the annual TV event's launch in 1980.

The veteran TV presenter is having a procedure on his back and is understood to have withdrawn in line with doctors' advice.

O'Leary said: "Thank you so, so much.

"To Terry, I hope you're feeling better, I hope we get to enjoy a drop of the pure very soon and we're all doing you justice here."

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Image caption Call the Midwife stars took part in a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing
Image caption Strictly Come Dancing judges (left to right) Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli joined the fund-raiser
Image caption Warwick Davis, Martin Freeman, R2-D2 and C-3PO starred in a Star Wars sketch

This year a special Star Wars sketch with characters C3PO and R2-D2 was featured.

There were also performances by Selena Gomez, Years and Years, Ellie Goulding and a special appeal by Sir Tom Jones.

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Image caption Singer Jess Glynne performed on the show
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Image caption Nearly 30 cast members of Eastenders performed to 'Putting on the Ritz'

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