Comic Relief reveals whopping total after star-studded 2023 fundraiser

The final total of Comic Relief 2023 has been revealed – and a mega £31,952,141 has been raised!

This year’s Red Nose Day was hosted without Sir Lenny Henry for first time in the show’s history.

Instead, the three-hour live show kicked off with Doctor Who star David Tennant and presenters AJ Odudu, Joel Dommett.

Later on, Paddy McGuinness and Zoe Ball took over the shenanigans.

Appearing from Salford’s MediaCity on BBC One, the annual fundraising extravaganza boasted a whole host of sketches and performances for good causes, having raised £19million alone at the half-way point.

Zara Larsson took to the stage to belt out Can’t Tame Her, while B*Witched also brought the party with their much-loved tune, C’est La Vie.

Sketches saw The Traitors return for a celebrity round, with stars including Alison Hammond, Dame Mary Berry, Dawn French and, of course, Claudia Winkleman donning the famous cloaks around the roundtable.

Baldrick made a comeback too, with Sir Tony Robinson reprising the role from Black Adder after 20 years off screens.

Viewers were astounded by the revival, as the actor read out a CBeebies bedtime story in his ratty clobber.

Elsewhere, pop superstar Kylie Minogue starred in a sketch with the cast of BBC sitcom Ghosts.

The singer and her live agent, played by Tanya Moodie, arrived at haunted Button House to see if it is a suitable concert venue, shocking the supernatural inhabitants.

Ghosts gathered around her, describing her as ‘beautiful as her verse’ and ‘rather fabulous’, before the pint-sized singer revealed she was able to see the spirits.

There was even a surprise cameo from Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan!

Broadcaster Gethin Jones also became emotional when discovering he had raised £1,192,298 during his 24-hour dancing challenge.

The emotional 45-year-old, who completed the Gethin Keeps Dancing challenge, said: ‘Everything is stinging, I haven’t been able to touch my toes since 2am. It’s been an epic effort. What really kept us going was the donations.’

Meanwhile, a host of famous faces appeared in a Eurovision unseen audition clips sketch.

Chat show host Graham Norton, Eurovision winner Lulu, and 2022 Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder made up the judging panel for the sketch – which saw them FaceTime Abba singer and Eurovision winner Bjorn Ulvaeus.

Everyone from Fleur East to Jamie Dornan, and from Gordon Ramsay to David Walliams audition with the hopes of representing the United Kingdom in the contest, before Ed Sheeran popped up at the end.

Back in the studio, the cast of Mrs Doubtfire The Musical delivered their first UK performance of Make Me A Woman from the new stage show, which had the audience on their feet.

News broadcasters including Clive Myrie, Kay Burley, Huw Edwards and Naga Munchetty as well as Susanna Reid, Piers Morgan and Richard Madeley also appeared during a sketch which saw the UK’s most serious people telling jokes.

Comic Relief Red Nose Day is a UK charity that aims for a ‘just world, free from poverty’ and was co-founded by Richard Curtis and Sir Lenny in 1985.

This year, the fundraiser will support people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and tackle issues such as homelessness, mental health problems and food poverty.

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