OUR HISTORY TIMELINE

Below are just some of the highlights of Comic Relief's history.


Full history   The highlights

1998

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. 

1998

Memory books

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.

1999

Super Sainsbury's

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.

1999

Lucky seven

Red Nose Day 7 – The Record Breaker – was, well, a real record breaker. It raised over £35 million.

1999

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!

2000

Award-winning Robbie

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.

JUNE
2000

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.

JUNE
2000

Pure Magic

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.

16 MARCH
2001

It’s all pants!

Red Nose Day 2001 says ‘Pants to Poverty’ and raises a colossal £55 million.

2002

Dubble delight

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.

13 JULY
2002

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.

2003

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.

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