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Comic Relief aims for £1bn barrier

Comic Relief is well on its way to achieving its aim of breaking the £1 billion barrier, with £7,041,801 already raised tonight.

Red Nose Day 2015 coverage has already seen a host of celebrities perform one-off sketches live in front of the nation on BBC One.

The show kicked off with Radio 2 DJ Dermot O'Leary completing a 24-hour danceathon.

O'Leary finished up 24 hours of dancing outside BBC Broadcasting House, before dancing down Regent Street and ending up in the London Palladium, where the coverage is coming from.

Rowan Atkinson and Dawn French have also made an appearance, reprising their much-loved roles for Mr Bean and Vicar Of Dibley sketches.

Comedians Johnny Vegas, Patrick Kielty, Vic Reeves, Jack Dee and Mick Helm also took to the stage tonight as No Direction - a spoof version of One Direction.

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