A Night Of Comic Relief (1988)
7.35pm - Lift Off!
Lenny Henry and Griff Rhys Jones start the huge red ball rolling, with some snappy help from Jonathan Ross - introducing Stavros serving kebabs to guests and taking calls at the Telecom Tower, Jim Davidson in search of the Best Children's Joke in Britain and Rod Hull with the Best Red Nose Drawing. Also Part 1 of 73 of a Kind - the Super Sketch Show with more celebrities than minutes, and more jokes than both.
8pm - A Question of Sport meets Spitting Image
Starring the real and the rubber Mike Gatting, Barry McGuigan, Daley Thompson, with David Coleman taking revenge on his annoying little puppet. Then the night forges on with a host of stars, including Little & Large, Rory Bremner and Lenny Henry's report from Ethiopia.
8.30pm - Wood, Walters... and Wise
Then all-time comedy classics chosen by Radio 1 listeners from Monty Python, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Three of a Kind, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and The Two Ronnies. Also Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and the Gunk Tank, and Ernie Wise introducing a Morecambe & Wise classic.
9.30pm - Jasper Carrott Meets Blackadder
10pm - Dad's Army
10.30pm - Corbett, Garnett Palin and Cool
Nos 8 and 7 of Select-a-Sketch
Part 2 of 73 of a Kind
11pm - Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna arrives to grace the evening with her almost royal presence. Then excitement continues to mount with nos 6, 5, 4 in the Select-a-Sketch countdown, French & Saunders misbehaving and the Dunking of the Person Voted Most DunkWorthy Radio 1 Disc Jockey.
11.30pm - Cannon, Ball and A B'stard
Midnight - Ben Elton Live
The whole nation puts on its red noses for a witching hour of comedy it would be fatal to sleep through. Featuring Ben Elton very much awake.
3-2-1 - climax of the Select-a-Sketch: Hale & Pace and The Two Rons; The Young Ones' University Challenge.
1am - Steptoe and Son
1.30am - Sign Off
Lenny and Griff close Comic Relief with a final twinkle from a galaxy of stars, and a song from Max Headroom. A round-up of Red Nose events across the country. A final total of money raised and a grand farewell.
2am - The Bed Sitting Room
The night goes on for insomniacs with the Comic Relief classic movie comedy: The Bed Sitting Room.
- Friday 5th February 1988
- BBC One
- 480 minutes