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Red Nose Day achieves new record total

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The Wanted supporting Comic Relief

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Red Nose Day has raised more than £74 million for Comic Relief.

The total at the end of BBC One's Funny For Money coverage stood at £74,360,207 - the highest figure ever reached on the night of Red Nose Day itself in the event's 23-year history.

The figure is £17 million more than was achieved at the close of the last Red Nose Day. Host Lenny Henry called the sum "mind-boggling", adding: "Thank you so much for watching and for giving - never forget that."

Some of the highlights from this year's telethon included a special collaboration between Geraldine McQueen (Peter Kay) and Susan Boyle on the track 'I Know Him So Well', a one-off MasterChef contest between Miranda Hart, Claudia Winkleman and Ruby Wax, and a performance by Fake That - a group of comedians including Alan Carr and Catherine Tate in the guise of Take That.

There were performances by JLS, The Wanted and Elbow, as well as comedy sketches with James Corden's Gavin & Stacey character Smithy, the cast of Outnumbered and Harry Hill.

Before the BBC telethon, Chris Moyles had raised more than £2 million for his world record-breaking Radio 1 show, Jimmy Carr, Frank Skinner, Al Murray and Stephen Fry had participated in the Walkers Clash of the Comics challenge, and David Walliams had undergone a 24-hour panel game show marathon.

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