The BBC hosted a charity event called The Big Night In this week. Organizations Comic Relief and Children In Need teamed up to host the event. The event raises money for people in the U.K. who have been affected by the current global pandemic.
Celebrities Phoned In From Quarantine For The Big Night In
Since the U.K. is still on lockdown, the event was operating with a skeleton crew in studio. And the majority of the celebrity cameos and comedy sketches came from home. Ruth Davison, Comic Relief’s chief executive said the funding would “help projects around the country that are doing vital work to support vulnerable, isolated people throughout the pandemic.” The event raised about 27 million pounds for charity.
The show also premiered a video for the official charity single – a cover of the Foo Fighters’ song: Times Like These. Dave Grohl joined musicians Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding, and more to record their parts from home.
Image via BBC
The Big Night In also gave us appearances from the cast of EastEnders and The Vicar of Dibley. There was also a special reunion between former Doctor David Tennant and his erstwhile companion Catherine Tate. The two performed a comedy sketch where Tennant’s teacher attempts to educate Tate via Zoom. The two also sang a duet of I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) by George Michael and Aretha Franklin.
The Doctor Who Stars Made A Special Appearance
Over the course of three hours, many celebrities made appearances. Among these were the actors who have played Doctor Who, past and present. The official Doctor Who twitter released a short video. In it we see all of the Doctors thanking healthcare workers for all that they do.
“Tonight, we have all come together for one important reason,” said the actors, including Tom Baker and Jodie Whittaker. “To praise, salute and give heartfelt thanks to real-life, special doctors, nurses and everyone working on the front lines in our NHS and care homes and hospices.”
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) April 23, 2020
For more information on The Big Night In visit the official BBC website where you can find clips and information on how to donate. And for more pop culture news to keep you entertained during quarantine, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.
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