It’s that time of year again when comedy and charity combine for the generally unmissable feast of fun that is Comic Relief Red Nose Day. It will broadcast live on Friday 24 March from 7.00pm on BBC One.
A host of comic favourites, old and new, including Sir Lenny Henry, Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Sally Phillips, Jonathan Ross and French & Saunders preside over a mammoth night of live comedy, sketches, music moments, fundraising films and much much more on what promises to be TV’s most unpredictable night of raucous horseplay ever.
Expect the unexpected as a night of fun, foolery and fundraising is broadcast LIVE from Red Nose Day’s new comedy superclub home. Sir Lenny Henry will launch proceedings with a very special opening sequence before the biggest comedy party on the planet gets underway with special guests, films and skits featuring everything from James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke to a special Smack The Pony reunion plus the much anticipated follow up to Love Actually – Red Nose Day Actually.
Audiences can expect special treats from the likes of Alan Partridge, whilst Johnny Vegas and Joe Lycett will be donning their aprons and running a popular pizza restaurant on site at The O2 throughout the live night. Greg Davies will even be hosting a special segment over on BBC Two from a very unique location – all will be revealed, quite literally, from 10pm in Greg Davies’ Hot Tub Half Hour.
After towelling off from that, the fun continues back on BBC One as Graham Norton welcomes a gaggle of guests to his ludicrously long supersized sofa in Graham Norton’s Big Chat Live. Night owls have plenty of late night treats to look forward to including brand new stand up from host Russell Brand who will be compering a fabulous hour of fantastic comedy with Russell Brand’s Stand Off. The laughs will keep coming well into the wee hours of Saturday morning as Noel Fielding and Jonathan Ross look back at some special Red Nose Day Musical Memories in Fantastic Beats & Where To Find Them.
As well as all of these comedy gems there will be music from three of the hottest musicians on the planet right now – Ed Sheeran, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Emeli Sande! Plus throughout the night there will be a look at how Red Nose Day makes a huge difference to those living unimaginably tough lives in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities, and how money raised this Red Nose Day will help to change the lives of many more.
Pictured above are Jonathan Ross, Romesh Ranganathan, Miranda Hart, Rob Beckett, Greg Davies, Warwick Davis, Russell Brand, Joe Lycett, Luisa Omeilan, Sally Phillips, Sir Lenny Henry
The Big Night Itself
Red Nose Day’s night of TV on the BBC will be broken down into manageable chunks for viewers’ delectation, as follows:
BBC One, 7-10pm – Red Nose Day 2017
BBC Two, 10-10.35pm – Red Nose Day: Greg Davies’ Hot Tub Half Hour
BBC One, 10.35pm – 12midnight – Red Nose Day: Graham Norton’s Big Chat Live
BBC One, 12midnight – 1am – Red Nose Day: Russell Brand’s Stand Off
BBC One, 1-2.30am – Red Nose Day: Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them
Red Nose Day Actually
Written by Richard Curtis and starring many of the original cast – including Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson and Keira Knightley – this special sequel catches up with the beloved characters of Love Actually, 13 years after the original film, to see what they are up to today.
James Corden welcomes Take That on board as he takes a spin around Los Angeles for an exclusive Red Nose Day special of Carpool Karaoke.
Peter Kay’s Car Share
Peter Kay will be giving viewers an exclusive preview of the second series of his Bafta Award-winning comedy Car Share, plus he will be sharing exciting news about how Comic Relief will benefit from the new series.
Everyone’s favourite Mammy Mrs Brown will be giving viewers a special never-before-seen preview of her upcoming BBC One chat show, All Round To Mrs Brown’s.
Smack The Pony
For the first time since 2003, Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips reunite performing a series of sketches from the popular comedy show.
Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief
Hosted by Mel and Sue, Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief sees celebrities sing and dance to iconic pop hits in front of a panel of celebrity judges. Mel and Sue will be joining the fun from the Let’s Sing And Dance studio in anticipation of the live final the following night.
Middle Class Jeremy Kyle
David Walliams, playing middle class Jeremy Kyle, takes the REAL Jeremy Kyle to task in front of his baying studio audience. The accusation? That Jeremy Kyle has stolen all of Dom Littlewood’s viewers from BBC One’s Caught Red Handed… because Jeremy “shouts loudly at his guests”.
A sketch following a community support group trying their best to ‘give up’ their addiction to heckling. Starring Rebecca Front, Russell Brand and Frankie Boyle.
A special look behind the scenes of the much anticipated follow up to Love Actually.
Philomena Cunk: Moment Of Wonder
Philomena Cunk delivers a special Moment Of Wonder focusing on charity. Starring Diane Morgan and featuring Richard Curtis.
BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark bring their hilarious game of double entendre to the Red Nose Day studio for a very special live round of Innuendo Bingo!
The hottest new comedy on BBC Three takes a special look at Comic Relief through the eyes of Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe.
People Just Do Nothing
Chabuddy G arranges for MC Grindah, DJ Beats and the Kurupt FM crew to collaborate with a huge urban artist on a special track for Comic Relief. But things don’t quite go to plan when the urban artist turns out to be someone totally unexpected. Watch the collaboration and the world premiere of the music video exclusively on the show.
The Stotts Live
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer bring back the jittery, bickering brothers from Shildon, to interview a special celebrity guest in The Stotts Live.
Toast Of London
Matt Berry voices an appeal film and meet’s Clem Fandango’s half-brother, who looks strangely familiar…
Throughout the evening there will be a number of films showing the important work that Comic Relief funds, both in the UK and in Africa.
Films shown on the night will include Ed Sheeran meeting a young boy living on the streets and sleeping in a dug out boat in Liberia, Billy Connolly will be talking about growing older and what people can do to help, plus there will be a special film featuring a young carer from Bristol looking at a typical day and comparing it to that of her friend who doesn’t have the same responsibilities. Plus many more!