Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC.

Comic Relief

BBC One variety show for Red Nose Day. 18 episodes, 1988 - 2021. Stars Lenny Henry, Jonathan Ross, Griff Rhys Jones, Dawn French and others.

Red Nose Day. Copyright: BBC.

Comic Relief

Every two years the biggest British comedy stars and shows come together to raise money for charity

1988 - 2021
Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry, Jonathan Ross, Griff Rhys Jones, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ben Elton, Graham Norton, Harry Enfield and others
John L Spencer

Since 1985, Comic Relief - the charity run by people who work in comedy - has raised money for projects in both the UK and abroad. The aim is: "To drive positive change through the power of entertainment."

The organisation has raised over 1 billion pounds since it launched. Since 1988, Comic Relief's activities have primarily been focused around Red Nose Day, an event that occurs every other year. On Red Nose Day itself, BBC One broadcasts a night of studio entertainment, comedy sketches (including short specials from established comedy programmes), and charity appeal videos in a bid to get people to donate. How to donate

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Red Nose Day
Laugh track
Yes and no; it varies

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 5th February 1988 on BBC One at 7:35pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 19th March 2021 on BBC One at 7pm
Last repeat
Sunday 21st March 2021 at 12:00pm

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