Our cunning book
Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, a book featuring the complete scripts from the comedy and some extra material, is published, thanks to Richard Curtis, Ben Elton and John Lloyd. All proceeds go to Comic Relief.
We made a grant to support NACWOLA and “The Memory Project” which gives parents the confidence and skills to tell their children that they are HIV positive and to plan for their children’s future. With our help, the project has reached over 17,000 orphans.
Sainsbury’s become one of our leading partners and have since gone on to sell almost 50m Red Noses, raise an astonishing £84m and set up the Fair Development Fund to help transform the lives of small producers worldwide.
Red Nose Day 7 – The Record Breaker – was, well, a real record breaker. It raised over £35 million.
Raise your glasses
Wine Relief is launched, a new initiative bringing the wine industry together to raise money for Red Nose Day 1999. Such was its success it was part of every Red Nose Day right up to 2013!
Robbie the Reindeer's Hooves of Fire picks up a Bafta award for the best entertainment programme. The animated feature was co-produced by Comic Relief and the BBC.
Drop the Debt
Comic Relief joins forces with Jubilee 2000 to spread the Drop the Debt message and urges the online community to email the G7 world leaders in the run up to the July summit in Japan.
JK Rowling offers to write two Harry Potter books exclusively for Comic Relief. The proceeds from the sales of these have so far conjured up over £18 million.
It’s all pants!
Red Nose Day 2001 says ‘Pants to Poverty’ and raises a colossal £55 million.
Comic Relief launches a Fairtrade chocolate bar made by workers of the Kuapa Cocoa Co-operative in Ghana and The Day Chocolate Company. The bar was called Dubble. Oh, and no, it didn’t taste funny.
Out of the blocks
The first ever Sport Relief kicks off and the great British public prove they’re great sports by raising more than £14 million.
Good hair day
A Hairy Nose was all the rage back in 2003 when that year’s Red Nose Day raised a Big Hairy £61.6 million.