Evans first shot to fame during lockdown after a video of him drumming along to the broadcaster’s classic theme song went viral.
Many famous drummers made an appearance during the 24-hour stint, including McFly’s Harry Judd, Pulp’s Nick Banks, Cherisse Osei from Simple Minds, Steve White from Style Council, Frank Benbini of Fun Lovin’ Criminals and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
Comedian Al Murray actor John Thomson and amateur drummers and enthusiasts aged from eight to 83 also took part.
Evans was also joined virtually by a host of celebrity guests throughout the event, including Blondie’s Clem Burke, Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain, Formula One’s Eddie Jordan, TV presenter Charley Boorman and Joe Black from Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
The weatherman, who presented and drummed throughout the whole event, briefly paused for breaks and for some medical attention to tend to injuries that had developed from the persistent drumming.
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Ahead of the challenge, the weatherman, who presents for BBC’s North West Tonight, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Breakfast, explained how drumming was a release for him as a young gay man growing up in Ammanford, Wales.
He went back home to talk with his parents about his childhood, and to visit the town’s BBC Children In Need-funded youth theatre group and LGBTQIA safe space, Mess Up The Mess.
The BBC Children In Need Appeal Show will be broadcast on BBC One from 7pm on Friday November 19.