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Schofield freshens up for last leg

Anyone watching TV presenter Philip Schofield attempting his 24-hour broadcasting challenge overnight will now know the secret to his usual fresh-faced appearance.

The cameras have been trained on the This Morning host since 11am on Monday (Decmeber 1) and, as he entered his 20th hour of non-stop presenting, he had already completed an abseil down ITV headquarters and walked on glass.

But in perhaps one of the more bizarre moments of the charity effort, Schofe could be seen cleaning his teeth and shaving while being sung to by a barbershop quartet and later getting his make-up touched up before appearing on Good Morning Britain.

And he told Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid he was confident he could finish the job but would be wary of going straight to sleep afterwards in case he got "jetlag".

He also had his blood pressure taken by Dr Hilary Jones and admitted he had hardly eaten or had anything to drink, apart from "a lot of tea".

His abseil and 24-hour live broadcast are part of the build-up to ITV's annual Text Santa fundraiser this month.

Philip was also a guest on Loose Women and presented a weather bulletin.

He is due to finish his lengthy on-air stint at 11am.

As he prepared for the final half-hour of his challenge at the start of today's edition of This Morning, Philip said he was still thriving.

"I feel really good - it feels terrific," the presenter told viewers, before thanking the production team who had helped.

"Do you know, I'm more emotional that we've pulled together as a big old team," he added.

Earlier, he cooked a fried breakfast while appearing as a guest on ITV's Lorraine show, and as he broadcast overnight viewers saw him take a midnight feast on the roof of the network's studios with Davina McCall.

Philip also took part in an I'm A Celebrity-style challenge by consuming fish eyes.

Philip completed his 24-hour challenge with an on-air countdown for the last 10 seconds, before winding up by simply telling viewers: "... and goodbye."

The host had been joined by his wife Steph, and they made their way to the studio exit past a guard of honour made up of show staff.

"It's been great fun," Philip said moments earlier, after watching a playback of some of the notable moments during his time on air, which included being serenaded by a barbershop quartet while he cleaned his teeth.

His co-host, Amanda Holden, said after his departure: "Oh goodness, I'm so emotional."

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