In Brief

Kylie and Jason reunite and Beckham in Peckham as Sport Relief sets record

BBC charity evening raises £51m as 1980s pop couple sing Especially For You for first time in 25 years

EIGHTIES pop power couple Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan were reunited and David Beckham popped up in a special episode of Only Fools and Horses last night as the BBC’s Sport Relief charity raised a record £51m.

The charity telethon, in aid of needy children in the UK and across the world, was hosted by David Walliams and Gary Lineker from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, the Guardian reports.

Highlights of the evening included the first airing of the England football team’s World Cup song, a cover of Take That’s Greatest Day, which was performed by a host of stars, including Gary Barlow, Gary Lineker, Emma Bunton and Pixie Lott.

The first episode of Only Fools and Horses in 11 years featured a cameo by a bespectacled David Beckham. The former England footballer was the butt of several jokes about his perceived lack of intelligence. The episode culminated in Beckham leaning backwards and falling through the bar: a repeat of David Jason’s most famous Only Fools and Horses moment.

But the biggest event of the night was arguably Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan singing Especially for You live on TV for the first time in 25 years (see video). The performance didn’t start well for those people hoping to see the former Neighbours actors reunited: Kylie initially sang the song with David Walliams, dressed to look like a 1980s Donovan. But just when you thought the producers had failed to persuade Donovan to appear, he walked on stage to sing his part.

A previous attempt to reunite Kylie and Jason on stage two years ago was thwarted by poor weather which turned the Hyde Park venue into a mudbath.

The total raised for Sport Relief 2014, at £51m, already surpasses the total of £50.4m raised during the last event two years ago.

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