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Comic Relief appeal raises 40.2m
Take That
Take That performed their hit song Patience
Comic Relief has raised more than 40m during an eight-hour TV show which featured sketches starring Tony Blair, Kate Moss and a host of comedians.

The event, which raises money for good causes in the UK and Africa, included Ricky Gervais appearing with TV chef Jamie Oliver eating chicken nuggets.

James Bond star Daniel Craig and supermodel Elle McPherson were on the long list of celebrities taking part.

Prime Minister Tony Blair starred opposite comic Catherine Tate.

Fame Academy final

In a sketch set at Number 10 Downing Street, Mr Blair meets petulant schoolgirl Lauren, one of her best-known characters, and resorts to her catchphrase "Am I bovvered?"

Afterwards, he joked: "Meeting Lauren was an experience in itself, she didn't seem 'bovvered' by anything.

Nadine Coyle and Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud

"But I hope she will put her time spent at Number 10 to good use."

Other highlights included Russell Brand and Dennis Waterman starring alongside Little Britain's Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

Sketches also came from the likes of Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, Little Britain, The Mighty Boosh and David Tennant.

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson won the final of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, which raised 780,000 through viewers' votes.

Meanwhile Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror, heard the words "you're fired" as he was sacked by Sir Alan Sugar from the celebrity version of the Apprentice, Comic Relief Does the Apprentice.

And the last ever episode of The Vicar of Dibley, which saw pop star Sting move in with Dawn French's character, Reverend Geraldine Kennedy, was also featured.

Music was performed by Indie act The Killers and pop group Take That with the Sugababes and Girls Aloud opening the night with their Comic Relief single, a version of Run DMC and Aerosmith's Walk This Way.

Celebrity presenters

Peter Kay and Matt Lucas performed a duet with The Proclaimers on the song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

Rounding off the night, presenter Russell Brand announced a final total of 40,236,142.

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Four-year-old Samuel Witherspoon sports his red nose for Comic Relief. You can send pictures and video to: yourpics@bbc.co.uk

Other celebrity presenters of the marathon show included Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Chris Evans, Paul O'Grady, Fearne Cotton and Kate Thornton.

The comedy and music was punctuated with appeals for viewers to pledge donations by comedian Billy Connolly and TV presenters Ant and Dec among others.

The appeal has run since 31 January but the majority of money was collected on Friday, known as Red Nose Day.

Friday marked the 11th Red Nose Day and the 21st year of Comic Relief, which has raised more than 425m over the years.


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