A tear-jerking Four Weddings sequel, David Beckham with jokes and just a flash of a sonic screwdriver

A tear-jerking Four Weddings sequel, David Beckham with jokes and just a flash of a sonic screwdriver

The noses were red. But would Comic Relief paint the screen 50 shades of hilarious as the traditional stampede of self-satirising celebs rolled in for the BBC fundraiser? Ambitions were certainly at a lofty pitch with a sequel to Four Weddings and a Funeral, a revisiting of Bodyguard and an a-lister packed Mama Mia 2 pastiche among the chucklesome treats.

Yet amid the gags, guffaws and occasional gaff lay the challenge of balancing laughter with pathos. The plight of the less fortunate who would benefit from the millions raised was unflinchingly documented in a series of frontline reports from celebs (including a Stacey Dooley piece that had prompted an outcry in the run-up). It added up to a…

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