Stephen Fry reprised his iconic role as Lord Melchett to take a Zoom call with Prince William in a hilarious Blackadder sketch for The Big Night In coronavirus fundraiser.
Melchett impatiently walked around his office waiting for the & # 39; Duke to call in, quipping: & # 39; I thought Germans were meant to be punctual & # 39 ;.
Surprisingly, William said Zoom was & # 39; complicated game & # 39 ;, and later revealed that home care Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte were a & # 39; bit of a nightmare & # 39; in lockdown proves.
The Duke said he had trouble not watching EastEnders, but declined the recommendation of & # 39; the Blackadder star to visit Netflix sensation Tiger King instead, and added: & # 39; I like shows on royalty & # 39; s. & # 39;
After their virtual exchange, Melchett reminded William to go and clap for the NHS at 8 p.m. The show then cut to the Cambridges, knocking on its doors as part of a weekly show of gratitude to health and social care workers.
The Night Night & # 39; s Big Night In raised a whopping £ 27,398,675 for charity, with the government offered to double it and take the total to almost £ 60 million.
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Stephen Fry (pictured in the top right corner of the laptop screen) reprises his role as Melchett in Blackadder to take a Zoom conversation with Prince William (head)
Stephen Fry (left) is portrayed in his Blackadder role as Melchett on a Zoom call to Prince William (right)
The Duke of Cambridge then joined wife Kate and children George, Charlotte and Louis to clap for the NHS when the clock struck at 8pm
Stephen Fry went to knock on the NHS around 8pm after his talk with Prince William
The Duke is a big fan of Blackadder – the comedy romp through history that also stars Rowan Atkinson and Sir Tony Robinson – and was aiming to take part in the sketch when asked by the BBC.
Love Actually director Richard Curtis, who co-wrote the hit series with Ben Elton, penned the pre-recorded skit that didn't last nearly two minutes.
When the Prince had trouble grasping the technology, Melchett said under his breath, "Oh come on, even five-year-old kids have managed Zoom."
When they eventually became connected, Melchett declared that he was isolating himself with Blackadder and Baldrick.
He offered to help with the Royals' homeschooling program, saying: & # 39; Now, I would be happy to help if I could, what subjects are on the curriculum? & # 39;
Stephen Fry is portrayed on Zoom playing his Blackadder character Lord Melchett
The Blackadder sketch was widely praised by viewers on social media
William asked, "What about history?" To which Melchett replied, "Well, I'm not too keen on kings and queens, but then I think that's your strength too point can be. & # 39;
Pointing out that there was only one minute to go until the week 8am & # 39; Clap for caregivers & # 39 ;, William said: & # 39; Thank you very much, I will bring the family together. & # 39; 39;
But before he went, he added: & # 39; To & # 39; e way have you seen anything good on TV? It's hell without EastEnders. & # 39;
Melchett responded, & # 39; I heard Tiger King is pretty good & # 39; but the prince said: & # 39;I do prefer performance over royalty & # 39; s. & # 39;
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were also featured in a video posted on their official Twitter account for caretakers outside the front door of their Scottish home Birkhall.
Hosts Sir Lenny Henry, Davina McCall and Matt Baker are pictured six feet apart in The One Show studio to host The Big Night In
NHS, BBC One, Children in Need and Comic Relief decided to set up the TV fundraiser to lift the minds of the nation and raise money for those who are most vulnerable by the outbreak of coronavirus.
The show was presented live from The One Show studio in London by Sir Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Matt Baker and Paddy McGuinness.
The hosts launched the program by ensuring that viewers observed them and all of their crew social distance.
The evening's line-up included musical performances of & # 39; e likes of Sam Smith, Liam Payne and Rita Ora and comedy sketches by Miranda Hart and Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas.
World boxing champion Anthony Joshua appeared in a Bad Education skit with Jack Whitehall
Playing his Bad Education character Alfie Wickers, Jack Whitehall asked Joshua for PE advice
David Tennant played the role of & # 39; a teacher in & # 39; a sketch of & # 39; Am I bugged & # 39; of Catherine
Catherine Tate is portrayed as her iconic character Lauren in a classic & # 39; Am I bugged & # 39; sketch
By leaving the program at 7pm, Sir Lenny said: & # 39; It's 7 O & # 39; Clock on Thursday, or is it Sunday? Who knows more, I'm just glad to have a pants on. & # 39;
When asked why & # 39; t Children In Need mascot Pudsey Bear was absent, he joked that he & # 39; furloughed & # 39; who.
While his co-host Davina McCall told viewers: & # 39; Put that banana bread down, stop that online quiz, and prepare yourself for entertainment.
Viewers donated to support vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds in the United Kingdom who will be significantly affected by the crisis.
Miranda Hart is pictured waiting for a Zoom call from her friends Stevie and Gary
Star of Little Britain and Britain & # 39; s Got Talent presenter David Walliams appeal to viewers
Dawn French appeared as the Vicar of Dibley's Geraldine Granger on tonight's show
BBC Radio 1 host Greg James is shown on & # 39; the evening of & # 39; a Big Night In
YouTube star Joe Suggs and his girlfriend Dianne Buswell also appeared on a show to stage a haircut live on TV
Funds raised tonight will be split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to local charities, projects and programs in the UK to help the most.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced last week that the UK Treasury would match pound for pound with all the contributions that & # 39; t increase the audience on the show.
He said in a clip posted for the show: & # 39; Hi everyone, I know these are difficult times. See that we are all worried, concerned about our health, our friends our family.
& # 39; But I also think we will look back and remember that during this time of crisis we came as a country.
Treasurer of the Treasury Rishi Sunak (pictured live from this evening) announced last week that the UK Treasury would match pound for pound with all contributions that the public raises to & # 39; the show
We were there for each other and that's what the Big Night is all about, I'm so grateful to everyone who donated tonight and don't forget that the government has placed to match every pound you donate, please give.
& # 39; After all, what better way to mark four weeks of staying in and watching TV than good … staying and watching TV. Enjoy & # 39; the rest of & # 39; e show and stay safe. & # 39;
Davina added that the first £ 20 million of the matching money will go to the National Emergencies Trust launched by Prince William to help people across the UK who have been affected by the pandemic.
All matching funding for this amount will go to Children In and Comic Relief, she added.
The big night in host Sir Lenny Henry is pictured from tonight's live performance from London
The show is presented live from London's One Show studio by Lenny Henry, Davina McCall (pictured), Matt Baker and Paddy McGuinness
Paddy McGuinness later joined the & # 39; s show to help present tasks
Host Matt Baker is seen next to a screen telling viewers how they can donate
The evening's lineup includes the casts of Little Britain, EastEnders, Doctor Who and singers Rita Ora, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Liam Payne
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