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  • 09 April 2015

    Friday 31st March saw the London Palladium host this year’s Comic Relief for an evening of not only outstanding, but record-breaking entertainment.

    We witnessed the musical debut of ‘No Direction’ introduced by One Direction themselves and fronted by comedians Jack Dee, Nick Helm, Vic Reeves, Patrick Kielty and Johnny Vegas. Stephen Hawking teamed up with David Walliams and Catherine Tate for a comedy sketch we never thought we would see. And an exhausted Dermot O’Leary finally completed his 24 hour dance-athon, raising an incredible £643,336 for Comic Relief. 

    Not to be outdone by ‘No Direction’, stunning performances from Sam Smith with John Legend and Ella Henderson also ensured that the show was one to remember.

    Four of Comic Relief’s most heroic fundraisers, Davina McCall, David Walliams, Eddie Izzard and John Bishop reinvented the classic Monty Python sketch, “Four Yorkshiremen”, much to the delight of the 2,000 strong audience.

    The night finished in astounding style when Comic Relief co-founder Lenny Henry announced that the charity had raised over 1 billion pounds since its inception in 1985, a record that we are truly proud to have been a part of.

    On behalf of Comic Relief, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who donated to help change lives across the world and to those who helped to make the evening such a memorable success.

    Photos courtesy of Gary Moyes / The copyright of these images is owned by Comic Relief Ltd

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