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Total tally sees £52m raised for Comic Relief

© SYSTEMJoan Collins gets her jag in Comic Relief sketch.
Joan Collins gets her jag in Comic Relief sketch.

More than £52 million was raised for Comic Relief after Friday night’s telethon organisers said yesterday.

The charity event, which was filmed live in front of a virtual audience, featured a series of celebrity cameos and fundraising appeals.

Highlights included Justin Bieber giving an exclusive performance of his song, Hold On while Joan Collins, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Jodie Whittaker starred in a joke film trailer for 2020: The Movie.

Host Alesha Dixon said at the end of the programme: “You have made an incredible difference to the lives of people here in the UK and across the world.

“Your generosity tonight will create lasting change for those who need our support now more than ever.”

Her fellow presenter, Sir Lenny Henry, said: “After a year of lockdowns, we hope we have given you laughter and joy.”

Other hosts were television presenters Paddy McGuinness and Davina McCall, and actor David Tennant.

Daniel Craig also featured in the programme as James Bond alongside Catherine Tate’s foul-mouthed character Nan in a fundraising sketch.

Another comedy clip saw Paul Mescal, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Andrew Scott perform a sketch based on a crossover of the hit BBC shows Fleabag and Normal People.