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Sunday, 3 June, 2001, 23:11 GMT 00:11 UK
Izzard hosts Amnesty gig
Tom Jones
Tom Jones tried his hand at comedy
A wealth of comedy and music talent took to the stage on Sunday night for a spectacular in aid of human rights organisation Amnesty International.

Hosted by surreal comic Eddie Izzard, the event at London's Wembley Arena marked the 40th anniversary of the organisation.

Among those joining Izzard on stage were Tom Jones, Harry Enfield, Jonathan Ross and rock group the Stereophonics.

Eddie Izzard on stage at the event
Eddie Izzard has taken over from John Cleese as compere
More than 11,000 people attended the sell-out event, entitled We Know Where You Live.

It follows in the footsteps of the famous Secret Policeman's Balls, which ran through the 1970s, 80s and 90s under the artistic direction of ex-Python John Cleese.

"For people who remember the Secret Policeman's Ball this will be a fresh look but hopefully just as successful," said Izzard.

The event was broadcast live on cable television.

The serious message behind the concert is to encourage more people to join Amnesty International, but organisers promised a "seriously funny night".

Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross took to the stage
Singer Tom Jones tried his hand at comedy and Harry Hill, Richard Blackwood and Trigger Happy TV creator Dom Joly were also on the billing.

Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy was also performing.

Last week thousands of people took part in a London parade and street party to celebrate Amnesty's 40th anniversary.

The organisation was formed after a British lawyer set up a campaign to help prisoners of conscience after two Portuguese students were jailed for toasting freedom.

Richard Blackwood
Richard Blackwood entertains the sell-out crowd
Forty years later, Amnesty International has intervened in the cases of 47,000 individuals, campaigning for an end to their torture, imprisonment or death sentence.

In recognition of its work, Amnesty was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.

Letters written by supporters are sent to lobby governments and authorities on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals to get them out of jail or prevent them being tortured.

See also:

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