IN PICTURES: Kilimanjaro - The Return, starring Northumbrian Alexander Armstrong

Rothbury-born entertainer Alexander Armstrong reached new heights as he successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief. He was joined by eight other celebrities - Countryfile host Anita Rani, BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, Love Island winner Dani Dyer, former MP Ed Balls, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, from South Shields, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, NFL sports pundit Osi Umenyiora and Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas - to tackle Africa’s highest mountain in what was dubbed Kilimanjaro: The Return, 10 years after the original Red Nose Day challenge led by Gary Barlow.

Sunday, 3rd March 2019, 12:17 pm
Updated Sunday, 3rd March 2019, 19:22 pm
Kilimanjaro: The Return

Shine TV is making a one-hour special documentary on the challenge, Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb, which will be screened on BBC One on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 9pm. All money raised will help Comic Relief fund projects both here in the UK and internationally to help change lives. To support the team, you can make a donation online at comicrelief.com/Kilimanjaro. Pictures, unless stated, by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief.

The Kilimanjaro Nine, including Northumbrian Alexander Armstrong (middle right) and, in front of him, Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall, from South Shields, at the start of their challenge. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Dani Dyer and Shirley Ballas cook up a treat in their tent. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, from Little Mix, grabs the chance for a little posing. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief

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Nice weather for ducks! Kilimanjaro: The Return. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Picnic time. Alexander Armstrong (back left). Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
A photoshoot before the real hard work starts on Kilimanjaro: The Return. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Climbing under way. Kilimanjaro: The Return. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Alexander Armstrong and Ed Balls deep in conversation. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Selfie time! Kilimanjaro: The Return. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Big Red Nose hugs. Kilimanjaro: The Return. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Team Kilimanjaro, including Northumbrian Alexander Armstrong (left). Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Alexander Armstrong sends a message to BBC's The One Show and his wife Hannah.
Dan Walker feeling the effects of altitude. Kilimanjaro: The Return. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Snow joke for the Comic Relief climbers. Kilimanjaro: The Return. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Nearly there - approaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Made it! All of the Kilimanjaro Nine make it to the top of Africa's highest mountain together. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
You beauty! Kilimanjaro: The Return. This picture was tweeted by Alexander Armstrong, with the message: 'Our (eventual) summit of Kilimanjaro just over 36 hours ago. Very emotional - and utterly wonderful #ReturnToKili @comicrelief' Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Group hug. The Kilimanjaro Nine at the summit. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Time to reflect on an immense achievement. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Alexander also tweeted this picture, saying: 'Oh and this... thank you @edballs for letting me share this with you #ReturnToKili @comicrelief.'
Get in! Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief
Time to head home ... Kilimanjaro: The Return. Picture by Chris Jackson / Getty for Comic Relief