WATCH: All the Best Videos from THE BIG NIGHT IN- Feauturing Prince Harry, Catherine Tate and the Vicar of Dibley

Publish Date
Friday, 24 April 2020, 1:39PM

Almost £27.4m was donated during the three-hour event, with the government promising to double the total.

The show saw Children in Need and Comic Relief join forces for the first time.

Peter Kay, Catherine Tate and the Little Britain duo also took part - as did the Duke of Cambridge, who appeared in a surprise sketch with Stephen Fry.

The money will go to causes that support vulnerable people around the UK whose lives have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams brought their iconic show back to screens for the first time in a decade, taking a whistle-stop trip to visit their classic characters in lockdown.

Dawn French revived The Vicar of Dibley to deliver a message to viewers. "Life goes on, and this will pass," she said. "It's right, really, that we shouldn't dwell too much on the sadness, but try and think about all the happiness."

She added: "Please be safe. Be kind. Eat chocolate. Praise the Lord. And praise the NHS."

Miranda Hart performed a virtual sketch with her sitcom co-stars before reflecting on the current "strange time".

Wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "Love wins", she said: "Much like your nan's Christmas cake, there are going to be tough moments and parts that are hard to swallow. But we'll get through it.

"Remember, it's OK if you're struggling. It's OK if you're bored. It's OK if you're OK. It's OK if you're not OK. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and, remember love wins."

Tate brought back surly schoolgirl Lauren for a virtual home learning session with her teacher, played by David Tennant.

After running rings around him in an argument about coronavirus - with lines like "Are you Chris Whitty though?" (referring to the UK chief medical officer) and "Is my face mask bovvered?" - she persuaded him to take part in a Tik Tok duet of I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).

Fifteen years after getting to number one with (Is This The Way To) Amarillo for Comic Relief, Kay made a rare TV appearance to unveil a new version of the video, now featuring key workers and members of the public doing the famous march.

He was also praised on social media for telling viewers there was no pressure to donate. "Listen, if you can help tonight, there's a number on screen," he said. "If you can't, then don't worry about it. You've got enough going on."

 

The show was one to remember and brought a lot of laughs and a lot of money! Let's hope the UK decides to put another one on so all us kiwis can get our British Comedy Fix!