British TV talk show host Graham Norton 'Did Something Funny for Money' tonight on BBC Three in the UK. Starting at 7pm as the channel went to air he presented a marathon 6 hour and 10 minute chat show in aid of the charity Comic Relief.
Viewers were urged to text into the campaign either a £5 or a £10 donation with the cost of the text been the only thing the charity wouldn't receive. Whilst presenting the show Graham also tried to set a new world record for the most amount of questions asked in a TV chat show.
Graham was joined by various British TV & Radio personalities during the broadcast, some acting as guest co-hosts and some as interviewees. To name but a few; Terry Wogan, Carol Vorderman, Richard Madeley, Matt Lucas, Martin Freeman, Richard Curtis, Ruby Wax, Nick Grimshaw and Paloma Faith. Example, Hurts and more provided music. Various appeal films were also broadcast featuring Jack Dee, Russell Brand and One Direction, who have also recorded this years official appeal single a cover of Blondie's 'One Way or Another'.
Graham was joined by Radio personality Greg James as a backstage presenter, which also allowed for some relief for the presenter. However only questions Graham asked in the marathon broadcast were counted into the total of questions asked. Each answer given also had to be more then 5 words long - so the various guests had to avoid giving 'Yes' or 'No' answers.
Luckily the world record was made with 175 questions asked in the show. Graham also refused to go
off air until he reached £1,000,000 for the charity. The show was due to go off air at 1am, however the feat wasn't made until ten past one when the grand total was revealed to be £1,022,982.
The show follows 'Russell Brand's Give it Up Gig for Comic Relief' broadcast by BBC Three last night. A highlights package of tonight’s show will air on BBC One on Friday night from 10.35pm.
Other shows broadcasting in the lead up to the main event next Friday include CBBC's 'Comic Relief does Glee Club' (Monday-Friday 4.15pm) and 'Blue Peter' (Thursday 5.45pm-6.15pm, Friday 3.40pm-4.05pm). BBC One will be showing the final of 'Let's Dance for Comic Relief' (7.00pm-8.30pm) and special episodes of 'The One Show' (Monday-Friday 7.00pm-7.30pm). The main event and 25th anniversary of the show kicks off Friday 15th from 7pm.
A special documentary will also air next Thursday night 'Through Hell and High Water' (8.00pm-9.00pm). In which various celebrities tackle Africa's mightiest river raising funds for the charity. Red Noses (the moniker of the charity) are also still available in Sainsburys and Oxfam stores as well as other merchandise from other retailers.
All money raised by the charity is split 50/50 by various projects set up in Africa and the UK.
YOU CAN DONATE TO THIS YEAR'S COMIC RELIEF APPEAL BY VISITING http://www.comicrelief.com