Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC.

Comic Relief

BBC One variety show for Red Nose Day. 17 episodes, 1988 - 2019. Stars Lenny Henry, Jonathan Ross, Griff Rhys Jones, Dawn French and others.

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A Night of Comic Relief (1988)

First broadcast: Friday 5th February 1988

Lenny Henry and Griff Rhys Jones present eight hours of comedy - to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia and the Sudan, and for young people in crisis in the UK. This TV spectacular is the climax of a day of Red Nose madness across the country.

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A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1990)

First broadcast: Friday 10th March 1989

Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Ross present a night of comedy. Hale & Pace set the pace at the British Telecom Tower and Little & Large deposit the first victim in the vile Gunk Tank.

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Comic Relief 1991

First broadcast: Friday 15th March 1991

Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Ross set rolling six hours of red-hot comedy.

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Comic Relief 1993

First broadcast: Friday 12th March 1993

Top stars present some very special specials interspersed with serious reports on Comic Reliefs work around the world.

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Comic Relief 1995

First broadcast: Friday 17th March 1995

Comic Relief is back with six staggerblasting shows, each presented by a different, very well dressed presenter.

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Comic Relief 1997

First broadcast: Friday 14th March 1997

This year's Comic Relief has a distinctly hairy new look, with shaggy red noses and Lenny Henry in a furry suit.

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Comic Relief 1999

First broadcast: Friday 12th March 1999

More than seven hours of top comedy, music and documentary footage of Comic Relief in action.

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Comic Relief Presents: Big Red Nose Night 2001

First broadcast: Friday 16th March 2001

An evening of star-studded comedy and celebrity reports that aims to "say pants to poverty".

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Comic Relief Red Nose Night 2003

First broadcast: Friday 14th March 2003

The biennial charitable extravaganza, as ever featuring a stellar cast of popular entertainers and aiming to raise millions of pounds to help those in need in the UK and Africa.

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Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05

First broadcast: Friday 11th March 2005

The waiting's over and the fundraising fun begins: Matt Lucas, Rowan Atkinson, Dawn French and Sir Elton John are among stars of the 20th anniversary charity bonanza, which aims to raise millions for those in need in the UK and in the world's poorest countries.

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Comic Relief - The Big One (2007)

First broadcast: Friday 16th March 2007

Nosey on down and join a host of stars as this year's 11th charity bonanza, which aims to raise millions for those in need in the UK and in the world's poorest countries, gets under way. Take That, Borat, Rowan Atkinson, Catherine Tate, Dawn French and Sting are just some of the celebrities joining in the fun.

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Comic Relief - Funny for Money (2009)

First broadcast: Friday 13th March 2009

Stars come together to raise money for charity on Red Nose Day.

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Comic Relief 2011

First broadcast: Friday 18th March 2011

Celebrities from the world of entertainment join forces as the 2011 charity fundraising event begins, with presenters Michael McIntyre, Claudia Winkleman, Graham Norton, Davina McCall, Dermot O'Leary and Jonathan Ross.

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Comic Relief 2013

First broadcast: Friday 15th March 2013

Lenny Henry kicks off the biggest night in television, this year celebrating 25 years on our screens, with contributions from the best comedy and entertainment talent in the UK.

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Comic Relief - Face the Funny (2015)

First broadcast: Friday 13th March 2015

The biennial comedy and fundraising event comes live from the London Palladium.

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Comic Relief 2017

First broadcast: Friday 24th March 2017

A mammoth night of live comedy, sketches, music moments, fundraising films and much much more. Sir Lenny Henry, Joe Lycett, Miranda Hart, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Sally Phillips, Greg Davies and Jonathan Ross are amongst the presenters.

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Comic Relief. David Beckham. Copyright: BBC.

Comic Relief 2019

First broadcast: Friday 15th March 2019

Red Nose Day returns for it's 17th telethon. Highlights include a sequel to Four Weddings and a Funeral. Lenny Henry is joined by a series of hosts.

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