BBC's Red Nose Day raises £52 million during 2021 fundraiser

Justin Harp
·2-min read
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Photo credit: BBC

From Digital Spy

This year's Red Nose Day on BBC One has been another incredible success with £52,025,485 million raised.

The grand total was unveiled at the end of a five-hour fundraising telethon on Friday night (March 19), featuring one of the most star-studded line-ups in Comic Relief history.

"Your donations will help people who need it more than ever," presenter Amanda Holden assured viewers once the total was unveiled just before midnight.

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Photo credit: BBC

Leading off the socially-distanced festivities were Comic Relief icon Lenny Henry, David Tennant, Britain's Got Talent judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, Davina McCall, Top Gear's Paddy McGuinness and comic Jason Manford.

There were also gripping donation appearances from Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Strictly Come Dancing favourite Joe Sugg, the legendary Mary Berry, pop singer Justin Bieber, Netflix star Katherine Ryan, Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker and I'm a Celebrity's Roman Kemp.

Since we're talking Comic Relief, there were laughs galore too as David Tennant and Michael Sheen's Zoom session was crashed by a very special guest in a new Staged episode.

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Photo credit: BBC

Catherine Tate's Nan found herself wrapped up in an MI:6 investigation when James Bond crashed her webchat – with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007, possibly for the last time.

The Vicar of Dibley was back for a special crossover with Gogglebox, while the Top Gear guys met their match when they answered questions from some adorable kids.

Some of the biggest stars in music performed as well, including Gabrielle, The Proclaimers, the cast of Back to the Future: The Musical and an all-star Bridget Jones tribute featuring Mel and Sue, David Walliams, Ant and Dec, Keith Lemon and Romesh Ranganathan.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Comic Relief's Red Nose Day aired on Friday night on BBC One and BBC Two.

To do your part for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, you can text YES to 70210 to contribute £10, text NOSE to 70220 to contribute £20, or visit ComicRelief.com to find out other ways to get involved.

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