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16/03/2019 11:00 GMT

Comic Relief's Red Nose Day Raises £63 Million In Donations

The total was announced at the end of the telethon.

More than £63 million was raised for Comic Relief with yesterday’s Red Nose Day appeal show.

By the end of the star-studded TV fundraiser, a total of £63,548,668 had been donated by the public  – meaning more than £1.3 billion has been raised by Comic Relief since it began in 1985.

The evening included plenty of sketches, with the charity’s co-founder Richard Curtis rounding up the cast of Four Weddings And A Funeral for the most-hyped sketch of the night. 

The reunion saw the cast gather for the wedding of characters played by Alicia Vikander and Lily James, which was presided over by Rowan Atkinson as the film’s famous bumbling vicar.

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The cast of the Bodyguard also got back together to take a subtle swipe at Prime Minister Theresa May, which saw Richard Madden’s David Budd acting as close protection officer for Joanna Lumley’s overtly flirtatious PM.

The sketch mocked May’s election slogans, with Lumley demanding Madden be “strong and stable” in his role and not “weak and wobbly”. 

Keeley Hawes also made an appearance to ask: “Do you know if I’m in series two?”

There were also plenty of appeal films and reminders of the causes being supported by the event, with Sir Lenny Henry telling viewers he could not believe the continued use of food banks in the UK.

He also shared condolences with the family of Louis Tomlinson after the death of his sister and the relatives of those killed in the Christchurch shootings, stating: “Can I just say at this moment how profoundly we share everyone’s sorrow about recent events in New Zealand.

Prior to the big day, numerous other celebs took on challenges too, with nine stars climbing Kilimanjaro

Strictly Come Dancing hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman got involved too, taking on the task of embodying the show’s “Keep dancing!” motto by staying on their feet for a 24-hour danceathon.

Their efforts alone raised over £750k for the charity. 

See all the best sketches and moments from Friday night’s appeal show here