On Friday 18th March, the fund-raising TV spectacular will bring brand new sketches from legendary comedy duos such as Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders and Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and a host of epic challenges.
Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Zoe Ball and Paddy McGuinness team up with Comic Relief co-founder Sir Lenny Henry to host the jam-packed evening.
Paddy vows to get the audience “a lot more involved” this year – and it appears he’s the man to do it. Alesha admits she’s thrilled to be hosting alongside the Top Gear presenter.
“You know it’s a party when Paddy is around,” she tells us. “He brings out the cheeky side of everyone.”
And Zoe confesses that this is “the only time my kids ever want to come to work with me”.
Veteran comic Lenny admits he could probably turn up in “slacks and a sweater” as, 34 years after the very first Red Nose Day, everyone knows what the TV fundraiser is all about.
Wondering what delights are in store this year? Here’s our round-up of all the big hitters…
Comedy duo David Walliams and Matt Lucas are reuniting for their first TV project in years.
Matt revealed the pair were “often at loggerheads” in his 2017 autobiography Little Me, but they’ve patched up their friendship to revive cult sketch show Rock Profile. It has also been announced that Little Britain is to return to BBCiPlayer with offensive scenes cut.
The interviewees include Adele, Post Malone, Lady Gaga and Lewis Capaldi as you’ve never seen them before.
Strictly star AJ Odudu and comedian Joel Dommett host The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon, with live music, comedy sketches and, of course, big prize draws.
Six celebrities, including former Goggleboxer Scarlett Moffatt, push their vocals to the limit as they attempt to learn the art of opera singing.
The stars have just 24 hours to get to grips with this challenging singing style. Will they put on a stellar performance – or leave us reaching for our earplugs?
ALSO ON THE NIGHT…
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● Superstar Kylie Minogue Is Ghosted – The Aussie pop star visits Button House and joins the cast of sitcom Ghosts.
● Strictly Reunited – Champs Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis perform a waltz to Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You.
● Comedy Repairs – Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French play “The Extras” to blag a free fix from The Repair Shop team.
● Tee! – Jack Whitehall takes on football heroes Mason Mount and Declan Rice.
PLUS… THE CHALLENGES
Jordan North and Tom Daley take on epic challenges for Comic Relief. Rowing Home With Jordan North (Tuesday 15th March, 8.30pm, BBC Three) will see the BBC Radio 1 DJ embark on a marathon row from London to Burnley.
Also pushing himself to the limit, Olympic diver Tom tackled four Team GB disciplines: rowing, marathon running, open water swimming and cycling. And it was no mean feat. Tom recently revealed that he needed his husband to carry him to the toilet when he woke up in the middle of the night (Tom Daley's Hell of a Homecoming, Monday, 9pm, BBC One).
AND… MAKE UP AND SNOOPING
Lady Leshurr, Nikki Lilly, Roman Kemp, Snoochie Shy and The Vivienne become make-up artists for Glow Up Does Red Nose Day. Roman tells us, “It was so cool and I learnt so much. I loved doing it alongside The Vivienne.” (Glow Up Does Red Nose Day, Tuesday 15th March, BBC Three)
Claudia Winkleman judges this celebrity version of This Is My House, with Ricky Hatton, Claire Richards, Deborah Meaden and
Rob Rinder all claiming to own a luxury property. (Wednesday 16th March, 8pm, BBC One)
Comic Relief is on Friday 18th March, from 7pm, BBC One
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