Paddy McGuinness: Phoenix Nights tour raised 'around £5 million'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 February 2015
Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness has revealed the recent 'Phoenix Nights' Manchester Arena tour has raised "around £5 million" with all proceeds going to Comic Relief

Paddy McGuinness claims the 'Phoenix Nights' tour has raised "around £5 million".

The 'Take Me Out' presenter recently reprised his role as working man's club bouncer Patrick O'Shea alongside Peter Kay as owner Brian Potter in a number of arena shows in Manchester and he's now revealed the huge sum they've raised for Comic Relief.

He said: "I've not got an exact figure [of money raised] but it'll be around the £5 million mark."

The 41-year-old also confessed it was "amazing" to get back together with the cast of the show - which originally ran from 2001 to 2002 - including Peter, Dave Spikey and Neil Fitzmaurice.

He shared: "We all got in a room the day we rehearsed - and it was one day's rehearsal. We picked up where we left off, and it was amazing!"

However, Paddy admits it was "horrendous" to see co-star Ted Robbins, who plays rival club owner Den Perry, collapse during the opening night of the arena tour and revealed if it weren't for a doctor in the audience he could've died.

Speaking on an episode of 'The Jonathan Ross Show' - which airs tomorrow (21.02.15) night at 9.40pm ITV - he said: "The first night of the tour, Ted Robbins - who plays Den Perry - collapsed on stage and I was with [Peter] at the time when it happened and we were watching Ted on the screen [backstage] and he'd just gone on stage and I noticed his hands shaking.

"He just collapsed... When you see it, it's horrendous. He collapsed and he actually died, his heart stopped on stage."

He added: "Now, talk about luck - Richard Curtis was in the audience that night and there was a guy at the side of Richard Curtis, no connection, just happened to be a heart specialist.

"If he hadn't [gone on stage to help], Ted would have been dead. That would have been it."

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