Red Nose Day 2000s

Smithy with the England football team


Gary Barlow lead a BT sponsored team of celebrities up Mount Kilimanjaro, raising a whopping £3.5m along the way.

Celebrity TV specials saw famous faces head to the board room to pitch their business models to Sir Alan Sugar and get theri

The night of TV featured a live performance from Take That, Smithy giving the England men's football team a pep talk and a hilarious Mamma Mia tribute from French and Saunders - their last ever sketch together. Over £82.3m was raised, smashing all previous Red Nose Day records.

Tony Blair with Lauren


Millions watched as Catherine Tate's infamous school girl character, Lauren, seriously 'bovvered' former Prime Minister, Tony Blair at Number 10 and Borat made a unique TV appearance live from Kazakhstan.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was crowned queen of the celebrity singers in Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, and Sir Alan Sugar fired Piers Morgan in the thrilling Comic Relief Does The Apprentice final.

The official music single ‘Walk this Way’ by Girls Aloud and the Sugababes hit the top of the charts while I’m The Proclaimers ‘(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles’ – featuring Peter Kay as Phoenix Night’s Brian Potter and Matt Lucas as Little Britain’s Andy Pipkin – became the fastest-selling video download ever. Thanks to you, Red Nose Day 2007 raised a whopping £67.7 million!

Elton John in Little Britain for Red Nose Day


Celebs put their vocal skills to the test on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy whilst Rowan Atkinson unleashed his inner superhero as Spider-Plant Man. We were treated to truly unique Little Britain sketches featuring Sir Elton John, George Michael and Robbie Williams and a Vicar of Dibley special.

Peter Kay and Tony Christie performed Amarillo for the first time on Red Nose Day live. The single went straight to No 1 and stayed at the top spot for seven weeks. It sold over one million copies, becoming the biggest-selling download single of 2005.

Red Nose Day 2005 raised an incredible £65 million!


Celebrity Fame Academy saw top TV personalities including Ruby Wax and Fearne Cotton attempt to wow the judges with their vocal skills. Dawn French took on the role of Harry Potter in a spoof special and Gareth Gates and The Kumars reached No 1 with Spirit in the Sky - the second-biggest single of 2003.

In total, a huge £61.6 million was raised!

Ali G and the Beckhams


Red Nose Day's 'Say Pants to Poverty' saw great swathes of the public sport their pants with pride, raising a total of £55 million.

J.K. Rowling's released special edition Harry Potter books raised a further £6 million.

On the night of TV, Piccadilly Circus saw more than it's fair share of Billy Connolly with his naked streak, Jack Dee reigned victorious in the celebrity Big Brother house and Ali G interviewed Posh and Becks.

Westlife covered Uptown Girl, reaching No1 in the UK singles chart and selling over one million copies.

Overall, Red Nose Day 2001 raised a huge £61m.

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