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Tuesday, 6 February, 2001, 16:45 GMT
Comic Relief stars keep their pants on
Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams tries out the Superman look
There were more undies on show than a lingerie shop at the launch of this year's Comic Relief Red Nose Day Campaign.

Pop singer Robbie Williams, TV chef Jamie Oliver and comedian Lenny Henry took to the catwalk wearing their underpants over their trousers to promote the charity whose theme this year is "Say Pants to Poverty".


If you read the tabloids you will know what action that bed has had

Robbie Williams

For the very keen, Williams will be auctioning his black tiger briefs - made famous in the Rock DJ video - and he revealed that his bed will also go to the hightest bidder.

At the Comic Relief launch, Williams said: "If you read the tabloids you will know what action that bed has had, 10 out of 10 if you know what I mean."

Naked romp

Billy Connolly, Graham Norton, Ali G and Jonathan Ross are among the more than 300 celebrities taking part in this year's Comic Relief Red Nose Day on Friday March 16.

Ruby Wax, Emma Freud and Sally Phillips
Ruby Wax, Emma Freud and Sally Phillips launch Comic Relief in Leicester Square

Connolly plans to dance naked for the cameras around the statue of Eros in London's Picadilly Circus on Comic Relief night.

Comic Relief has raised more than 174 million for projects in Africa and the UK since it began in 1985.

Two thirds of this money has been spent on projects in Africa and the rest in the UK.

The trademark Red Nose has this year been designed by award-winning animators Aardman - creators of Wallace and Grommit.

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