BBC kids' show Blue Peter set themselves a record-breaking challenge this Red Nose Day - and it was a messy one!

The iconic TV show was rebranded Red Peter for the big day, with the set painted bright red for the jam-packed Red Nose Day special. 

As part of the bonanza episode on 17 March - aired on CBBC, CBeebies and iPlayer at 5 pm, UK time - they took on a super fun record attempt for the most shaving cream pies thrown in different faces in one minute.

Far from new to record-breaking stunts, the Blue Peter team has achieved the total number of 24 pies thrown at different faces, from presenters to guests, smashing the record and bagging yet another victory! 

For the occasion, presenters Mwaksy, Joel and Abby were joined by other CBBC faces while Mwaksy set this brand-new record, one messy pie at a time! 

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"Only the pies that will land fully in the face will count," warned Jack, the adjudicator overlooking the attempt. 

But Mwaksy was up for the challenge, and effortlessly surpassed the minimum of 20! 

The record aimed to raise awareness and money for Comic Relief, in a fun and engaging way and within the frame of a jam-packed day full of amazing events. 

Although the rebranding was a first for the kids' show, the theme of having fun while raising awareness for worthy causes remained the same as always.  

Blue Peter has a history of empowering young audiences to make a difference and help others through our famous appeals,” said the show's editor, Ella Evans. 

“From dressing up to baking cakes, every year children across the UK join forces with Blue Peter to support Red Nose Day and this year’s special Red Peter promised to be a show not to be missed!” 

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Red Nose Day is a key time for giving and aiding those in need. 

Although the evening is certainly entertaining, the audience’s fundraising efforts are going to be pivotal in changing many people’s lives and living conditions. 

During the show, Blue Peter host Joel met some young people from Stable Life, an organization based in Scotland that supports disadvantaged youths and their families. 

The Scottish association works to nurture and encourage people going through hardships, empowering them to look to a healthier and happier future.

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Samir Patel, CEO of Comic Relief, expressed his excitement toward the partnership with the long-standing TV show. 

Regarding the collaboration, he said: “As a staple in our household, it’s hard to say for sure who is the more excited about such a fun collaboration – me or the kids.”

According to Patel, world record attempts and plenty of fun activities nourish the perfect atmosphere for Red Nose Day, “kickstarting an evening of entertainment.” 

“For 65 years, Blue Peter has been a constant on our TV screens, inspiring, entertaining, and educating generation after generation. We’re extremely humbled to be given the chance to join forces in such a unique way.”  - Samir Patel

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Other than witnessing a very special world record, the audience have been part of plenty of other fun activities during the show. 

One lucky member of the audience even won the collar belonging to Henry, the show’s adorable dog!

The initiative was part of the BBC’s Telly Treasures Giveaway, a treasure hunt spanning across channels, “giving viewers the opportunity to win and own a piece of TV magic, for Red Nose Day.”

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This is not the first time Blue Peter – the longest-running children's magazine TV programme - has broken a record.

In 2019, as part of the launch of the Guinness World Records 2020 edition, Blue Peter’s cameras captured the most cards identified in one minute (trick)

The record was achieved by Martin Rees (UK) with an overall number of 18 cards correctly spotted. 

Ever since, Guinness World Records and Blue Peter have often teamed up to bring a smile to fans' faces. 

On the occasion of the launch of Guinness World Records 2023, in September 2022, pro unicyclist and ninja warrior coach Jason Auld broke the record for the highest box jump from a unicycle during the show.

The successful attempt was broadcasted on live TV during the show, and saw Jason soaring high. 

The pro athlete jumped on a table measuring 1.15 m (3 ft 9 in) from the ground.

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