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Dave Vitty and Frankie Poultney

Dave Vitty and Frankie Poultney

Not so funny day for Dave

Comedy Dave is divorcing his wife of three years. Chris Moyles' Radio 1 sidekick, real name David Lloyd Vitty, and his TV host missus Jayne Shapre have a three-year-old daughter, Nicole.

They first met 13 years ago when she was a runner on TV's The Chris Moyles Show but had other partners. They finally got together five years ago after meeting when Chris appeared on Celebrity Family Fortunes.

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Dave Vitty and Frankie Poultney

Chris and Dave set a new World Record

Yesterday morning (Friday 18 March) at 8.30am, BBC Radio 1's longest serving breakfast DJ Chris Moyles and sidekick 'Comedy' Dave Vitty set a brand new Guinness World Record for broadcasting the longest music show by a radio team and, in doing so, raised a whopping £2,406,648 for Red Nose Day.

The pair stayed on air for 52 hours in total setting a brand new Guinness World Record for 'Radio DJ Endurance Marathon (Team)' after already breaking Simon Mayo's 12-year record for Radio 1's Longest Show of 37 hours which he set in 1999 for Comic Relief.

Chris and Dave's friends and family were there to support them through the final couple of hours of the show, which ended at 10.30am and Take That's Gary Barlow, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Chris in 2009 (also for Comic Relief), was there to present them with their Guinness World Record certificate.

Chris Moyles said: "We've been overwhelmed by the support we've received from our listeners. It's been a rollercoaster ride of fun, laughs, tears and downright silliness. Now I'm off for a massive sleep!"

Comedy Dave added: "We're both losing our voices and we've literally limped through the last few hours to the finish line but it's all been worth it when we saw that final figure! Our listeners are incredible."

Andy Parfitt, Controller, Radio 1 said: ''I'm deeply proud of what they have achieved on many fronts – the amazing total raised, brilliant, high quality radio broadcasting throughout and some of the funniest and most inventive TV I've seen.

"I've also been knocked out by everyone's support including the extraordinary generosity of Radio 1's audience; I want to thank them on behalf of Comic Relief and the BBC."

Amarilis Whitty, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who inspected the Radio 1 studios over the last three days, said: "This was an extremely difficult world record to set but Chris and Dave have shown total dedication and compliance with our guidelines – congratulations to them both and the BBC Radio 1 team."

Over the 52-hour broadcast Chris and Dave were joined in the studio by a number of celebrity supporters including Katy Perry, The Wanted, James Corden, Lily Allen, Davina McCall, Chipmunk, Jimmy Carr, Paul O'Grady, Andi Peters, Claudia Winkleman, Simon Mayo, Patrick Kielty, Thandie Newton, Ricky Gervais and Olly Murs.

Throughout the record-breaking attempt the duo presented each show in the schedule with the regular DJ as a guest, including Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills, Greg James, Mistajam, Nick Grimshaw, Kissy Sell Out, Annie Nightingale, Dev, Jaymo & Andy George, Mistajam and Benji B.

The record attempt was broadcast live in-vision on digital TV via the Red Button and online at bbc.co.uk/radio 1.

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Comedy Dave Vitty upset to leave DOI

'Comedy' Dave Vitty was "gutted" to be voted off 'Dancing on Ice' last night (13.02.11), despite receiving his highest score to date in the competition with 12.5.

The DJ - who is BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles' sidekick - and professional skater Frankie Poultney lost in the skate off to Kerry Katona and her partner Daniel Whiston after receiving only one out of a possible three votes from the judges.

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Dave Vitty voted off DOI

Comedy Dave Vitty has become the latest star to be voted off Dancing on Ice.

Despite giving it his all dressed as a hippy and skating to Age of Aquarius from Hair, Dave couldn’t quite compete with the technical capability of his fellow skaters and the judges felt he had lost his fun spark.

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Dave Vitty favourite for DOI exit

Radio 1's Comedy Dave and professional partner Frankie Poultney earned just 11 marks from the judges, leaving them ninth on the leaderboard, ahead of only Kerry Katona and Daniel Whiston.

To the surprise of many viewers and most of the contestants, both Dave and Kerry escaped the skate off following the public vote.

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I've got my skates on

Comedy Dave has admitted he hopes Dancing On Ice will boost his career - in case he gets the axe from Radio 1's breakfast show.

The broadcaster, real name David Vitty, is keen to step out of Chris Moyles' shadow. He has worked with the DJ since 1997 but has started looking at other options.T

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Look into my ice, Dave, for a spellbinding show

Nervous Radio 1 DJ Dave Vitty has recruited hypnotist Paul McKenna to guide him to Dancing On Ice triumph.

Dave is partnered by expert skater Frankie Poultney tonight and McKenna has given him tips, getting him to believe he is actually Christopher Dean, who is training the celebrities for the show and won 1984 Olympic glory with ice dance partner Jane Torvill.

 

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