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The Give it Up Fund, which will be managed by Comic Relief, aims to provide financial aid to help people remain free of substance misuse

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David Tennant: When stars become salesmen they also become cheap

The actor is brilliant as  Richard II, but why does he choose to  appear in a television advert?

Funny money: Lenny Henry is a co-founder of Comic Relief

Comic Relief scandal: There are red faces behind the red noses

The charity is under fire after a ‘Panorama’ exposé, but the laws governing investments are complex

Ashley Walters excels in 'Top Boy'

Top Boy star Ashley Walters chides black UK actors for ‘running away to the US’

Ashley Walters has hit out at black British actors who complain about the lack of opportunities in the UK, suggesting that they should "stay here and try to change things" rather than "run away to the States".

Rowan Atkinson in his Comic Relief sketch as Archbishop of Canterbury

That's a Comic Relief! Rowan Atkinson's Archbishop of Canterbury sketch cleared by Ofcom

A Comic Relief sketch starring Rowan Atkinson as a fictional Archbishop of Canterbury did not breach the broadcasting code, according to watchdog Ofcom.

One to watch: Ashley Zhangazha, actor, 27

One to watch: Ashley Zhangazha, actor, 27

“I found myself drifting off at university in econonics and politics lectures, imagining being on stage at the National.” Well, his dreaming has paid off. He follows in Rebecca Hall and Rory Kinnear's footsteps by winning the Ian Charleson Award for his role as Ross in Macbeth at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

Rowan Atkinson in his Comic Relief sketch as Archbishop of Canterbury

Rowan Atkinson's Archbishop Comic Relief sketch prompts Ofcom investigation after 3,000 complaints

Rowan Atkinson’s Archbishop of Canterbury sketch for Comic Relief is to be formally investigated by Ofcom after it drew more than 3,000 complaints.

Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French

Vicar of Dibley ties the knot? Dawn French reportedly married in Cornish town

Dawn French has married her partner Mark Bignell in a Cornish seaside town, it was reported today.

Neil Gaiman’s fantasy comes into its own on radio

Radio review: Neverwhere - Let me introduce you to the Earl of Earl's Court

In the world of fantasy sci-fi, Neil Gaiman is a big shot. His Sandman graphic novel series is, by all accounts, a classic of the genre. (Disclaimer: the last fantasy I read was set in Narnia, so I'm no expert.)

Slough MP Fiona McTaggart has given a cheque for more than £14,000 to Comic Relief after an impromptu Twitter drive

Slough MP Fiona MacTaggart donates over £14,000 after Comic Relief tweet takes off

MP says generosity 'should hurt a bit'

Comic Relief drums up record £75m on 25th anniversary

Singer Jessie J shaved off her long locks, comedian Peter Kay travelled the length of the country and the great British public took part in outrageous fund-raising stunts to help raise a record £75m for Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day: The highlights so far

In case you haven't noticed, it's the 25th Red Nose Day.

Kim Wilde performs during British Airwaysí Highest Concert in the air - at 43,000 feet, setting two new Guinness World Records, for highest concert and highest 'Harlem Shake', - which featured performances from 80s artists Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde on the red-nosed Boeing 767 aircraft in aid of Comic Relief and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day.

Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde perform gig at 43,000 feet for Comic Relief

Eighties stars Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde sang their way into the record books today after performing the highest ever concert together on a jumbo jet.

This joker's wild: a liberated Russell Brand

Russell Brand hails 'perfect' anti-addiction concert acts

Russell Brand said he had put together the "perfect bill" for his anti-addiction concert with acts including Noel Gallagher, Rizzle Kicks, and Nicole Scherzinger.

'I wish the Queen had died': Offensive Frankie Boyle jokes cut from BBC Comic Relief broadcast

Jokes made by Frankie Boyle about the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen during a Comic Relief gig have proven too much for the BBC.

The Saturdays have a spacehopper race across Westminster Bridge to encourage the nation to let its lighter side out for Red Nose Day

The Saturdays bounce back for Comic Relief

Chart stars The Saturdays are bouncing back - by riding spacehoppers across London's Westminster Bridge.

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