Rik Mayall's 2010 World Cup song becomes Top 10 hit

Comedian Rik Mayall, who passed away last week, has had his 2010 World Cup song Noble England enter the UK official singles chart at number seven.

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Ben Elton: Rik Mayall changed my life utterly

Rik Mayall and Ben Elton pictured in 1999. Credit: PA

Ben Elton, who was a university contemporary of Rik Mayall, has paid tribute to the Young Ones star, who died today aged 56.

He said: "I met Rik when I was 18 and his friendship and extraordinary comic talent have been an inspiration to me ever since.

"I owe him so much, he changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife. He always made me cry with laughter, now he's just made me cry."

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