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Stars raise more than £25m for charity


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Stars raise more than £25m for charity

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The stars of shows such as Doctor Who, The Vicar of Dibley and Miranda have sent messages of thanks and hope on BBC One charity special The Big Night In.

Almost £27.4m was donated during the three-hour event, with the government promising to double the total.

The show saw Children in Need and Comic Relief join forces for the first time.

Peter Kay, Catherine Tate and the Little Britain duo also took part – as did Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who appeared in a surprise sketch with Stephen Fry.

The money will go to causes that support vulnerable people around the United Kingdom whose lives have been affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams brought their iconic show back to screens for the first time in a decade, taking a whistle-stop trip to visit their classic characters in lockdown.

First up were Lou and Andy, who had his mind set on eating bat for his tea.

Lucas and Walliams had to improvise with home-made costumes and wigs – using the cardboard from toilet rolls for Emily and Florence’s curly hair and a brush to give Dafydd a Mohican.

The Duke of Cambridge took part in a spoof Zoom call with Stephen Fry, who was playing Lord Melchett – a descendent of his character in sitcom Blackadder.

The prince complained that royal home schooling was “a bit of a nightmare”, and asked: “Have you seen anything good on TV? It’s hell without EastEnders.”

When Melchett suggested Netflix phenomenon Tiger King, William replied: “I avoid shows about royalty.” (BBC)

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