Red Nose Days 1990s


Red Nose Day 1991


15 MARCH 1991


Who can possibly forget that kickin' classic from Hale and Pace 'The Stonk'?

But before you scoff, £200,000 worth of singles were shifted, raising more than £100,000. Six hours of prime TV comedy, including Tom Jones thrashing Theophilus P. Wildebeest to win 'Battle Of The Sex Gods' and a ruddy brilliant Abba performance by French & Saunders and Raw Sex (whose rider included six bags of boiled sweets, barrows of beer and quite a few chocolates) also contributed to keeping the money coming in – in fact, a stonking £20m came in.

* For those of you aren't aware, "Stonker" actually means something quite cheeky in Yorkshire.

Highlights from 1991

  • Mr Bean in the video for the Stonk


Red Nose Day 1993


12 MARCH 1993


72% of people in the UK took part in Red Nose Day 1993 and 3,307,000 of them bought the delightful tomato-stylie noses.

Top telly included Mr Bean in a 'Blind Date' spectacular, Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton taking on assorted sporty celebs in "Have I Got A Question Of Sport For You". More serious stuff included documentaries with Joanna Lumley in Eritrea, Tony Robinson in Uganda - reporting on the AIDS epidemic - and Lenny Henry in war torn Somalia.

In all an amazing £18m was raised.

Highlights from 1993

  • Mr Bean on a Blind Date

    Blind Date with Mr Bean

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    Mr Bean guest stars on Blind Date.

  • French and Saunders manning the phone lines for Red Nose Day


Red Nose Day 1995


17 MARCH 1995


A whopping £22 million was raised for Red Nose Day 1995!

310,000 copies of 'Love Can Build A Bridge'. (Chrissie Hynde, Cher and Neneh Cherry) were sold. Television viewing included Billy Connolly in Mozambique and Victoria Wood in drought-ridden Zimbabwe as well as The Slobs on Masterchef and Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer drinking 75 pints whilst belting out 'I Can't Live If Living Is Without You'. Not forgetting the infamous Hugh Grant and Dawn French kissing scene.

Highlights from 1995

  • Dawn French preparing for her kiss with Hugh Grant

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    The famous Hugh Grant and Dawn French kiss.

  • Jane Torvill and Mr Bean on the ice

    Torvill and Bean

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    Mr Bean stumbles into a Torvill and Dean routine.


Red Nose Day 1997


14 MARCH 1997


1997 saw the production of that brilliant video to the Spice Girls single 'Who Do You Think You Are?'.

Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Kathy Burke joined the girl band in a revamp of their iconic video, selling 672,577 copies.

The Tony Ferrino (aka Steve Coogan) and Bjork duet, Wayne and Waynetta Slob and the in-depth Spice Girls snog with Jonathan Ross, Griff Rhys Jones and Lenny Henry are other memorable events that took place this year.

Over £27m was raised from people’s “small change” – money that will certainly make a big difference!

Highlights from 1997

  • French and Saunders with the real Spice Girls
  • Helen Mirren and Co for Prime Cracker for Red Nose Day

    Prime Cracker

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    Prime Cracker, with Robbie Coltrane and Helen Mirren.


Red Nose Day 1999


12 MARCH 1999


Red Nose Day 1999 really was The Record Breaker - with more than £35 million raised.

Telly treats included Johnny Depp and Dawn French in a Vicar of Dibley special, Paul Whitehouse/Mark Williams/Richard Wilson in a Suits You sketch and Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge performing his Kate Bush medley.

Boyzone produced the stompin' single When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going, which reaches No 1 in the charts.

Red Nose Day 1999 broke hundreds of records - one of them being 'The most naked people on stage at one time'. 101 game lads and lasses went starkers for the nation.

Highlights from 1999

  • Johnny Depp and Alice from Vicar of Dibley

    Vicar of Dibley with Johnny Depp

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    The Vicar of Dibley hears Johnny Depp is in town.

  • Rowan Atkinson as Dr Who for Red Nose Day

    Rowan Atkinson as Dr Who

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    Rowan Atkinson is Dr Who.

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