Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ant and Dec to sell two TV sofas

Ant and Dec remove a studio sofa as part of a Comic Relief challenge (BBC)

TV duo Ant and Dec have begun a day of charity "gatecrashing" by blagging the Daybreak sofa to auction for Comic Relief.

The cheeky pair are attempting to make their way on to as many shows as possible throughout the day in an effort to scrounge items for a fundraising sale.

And the Push The Button hosts found success at their first port of call by persuading ITV1 breakfast show hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley to hand over their couch.

The purple sofa has provided a perch for famous figures as diverse as Ben Affleck and Tony Blair.

The Geordie pair had already managed to get Chiles and Bleakley's shoes, but wanted more as Ant asked: "I'm thinking of something slightly bigger because this is going to get auctioned for Comic Relief. How about your sofa?"

Bleakley responded: "Are we allowed to give the sofa away? Let's just say yes!" But Chiles pointed out that necessity would mean a little delay. "You can't have it now because we can't sit on the floor, but if you send the boys around after Friday, you can have the sofa," he said.

The pair notched up their second morning TV sofa of the day a little later when they took the settee from BBC Breakfast after making an appearance on the show. Presenters Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams let them carry the seat out of the studio along with an umbrella and a clock.

Ant and Dec also visited Lorraine Kelly's dressing room and the presenter handed over two sets of tartan underwear. "I gave them one set each, which I thought was only fair," she said.

I'm A Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec are aiming to pop up in unexpected places all day before Red Nose Day. Their exact route for the Big Red Nose Broadcast is a closely guarded secret, but footage of the pair's challenge will be shown during Friday's Comic Relief: Funny For Money broadcast on BBC1.

All the money raised by the public will be spent by Comic Relief to help vulnerable people in the UK and Africa. To support their efforts and to find out more go to www.rednoseday.com/antanddec.

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