1. ITV Report

Record £26m raised for Children in Need

Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of boyband One Direction perform on Friday night. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The BBC's Children in Need appeal raised more than £26 million during this year's live television show, beating the 2011 total.

Donors pledged £26,757,446 to the charity extravaganza over the course of the seven-hour live entertainment show, but the amount is set to rise in the coming weeks.

Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton and Matt Baker live on stage with The Rickshaw Challenge team. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

£26.3 million was raised during the 2011 live show, with the total growing to over £46.9 million after the big night.

This year's event was kicked off from London's BBC Television Centre by Sir Terry Wogan, who was joined by co-hosts Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton.

Harry Styles, of One Direction, during BBC Children In Need. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

TV and musical favourites taking to the stage to get the party started included One Direction, with a performance of While We're Young.

Girls Aloud also made their long-awaited comeback after three years apart, taking to the stage in matching orange off-the-shoulder tulip dresses.

Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Sarah Harding of girlband Girls Aloud live on stage. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The group performed the official BBC Children in Need AA side single, Something New, and Beautiful Because You Love Me, for the first time on television.

British stars Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding also took part in the show while Australian songstress Kylie Minogue performed a medley of her hits.

The Stig joins newsreaders and presenters on set. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Ellie Goulding sings at the event. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Dr Who star Matt Smith with Jenna-Louise Coleman talk to the live studio. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images
One Direction light up the stage. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole of girlband Girls Aloud. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images