Say Pants to Poverty
Comic Relief raised a thwacking £61m in 2001. A total of £55 million was raised through the Red Nose Day 'Say Pants to Poverty' campaign itself, which saw great swathes of the public sport their pants with pride and £6 million was raised through the international sales of J.K. Rowling 's special Harry Potter books.
Among the many telly treats there was Billy Connolly's naked streak around Piccadilly Circus, Jack Dee's victory in the celebrity Big Brother house and Ali G's interview with Posh and Becks.
Meanwhile, Westlife’s super cover of Uptown Girl sold more than one million copies and reached No 1 in the UK singles chart.