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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.

Comic Relief 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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Rowan Atkinson appears as the new Archbishop of Canterbury.

Jessie J shaves her head live in the studio.

One Direction perform their smash hit Comic Relief single.

Miranda Hart stars in a unique (or in her words, 'ruined') edition of Call the Midwife

Miss Piggy graces us with her presence.

There is a special edition of EastEnders.

Lenny Henry meets the surviving celebrities from this year's extraordinary Zambezi River challenge.

Jack Whitehall and Micky Flanagan 'cook off' for Dame Edna Everage in MasterChef[/i.

Peter Kay presents the results of his very own physical challenge - something to match anything achieved for the charity by the Zambezi team.

Plus the return of David Brent.

10:30pm - News

The comedy continues on BBC2.


The fundraising spectacular continues, as Jonathan Ross and Jack Whitehall are joined in the studio by everyone's favourite ex-Doctor, David Tennant.

Citizen Khan travels down from Birmingham to be with us and we premiere another Comic Relief spectacular courtesy of David Walliams, in which we meet all the celebrities that he's been 'intimate' with over the last 12 months.

Peter Kay introduces a very special pop promo from his recent Comic Relief challenge, featuring his usual staggering array of willing celebrities.

Dynamo attempts a hugely ambitious illusion from the heart of BBC Television Centre.

Russell Howard serves up some especially [i]Good News.

We relive the very best bits from Graham Norton's recent marathon chat show on BBC Three [Comic Relief's Big Chat With Graham Norton].

1:30am to 2:50am - Grimmy's Comic Relief Late Nighter

Man of the moment Nick Grimshaw enjoys a rare late night as he hosts the now legendary Comic Relief clip show featuring the very best sketches from the last 25 years of the telethon, mixed with his favourite comedy clips from the last 12 months. Burning the late night oil with him will be Citizen Khan and special guests.

Broadcast details

Friday 15th March 2013
480 minutes


Harry Hill - Red Nose Day 2011

A special Autumnwatch sketch featuring Harry Hill and some strange mammals.

Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders Radio 2 Takeover Meeting

Dawn & Jennifer work out who's who at BBC Radio 2 the day before they takeover the airwaves.

Red Nose Day 2013 Montage

A montage of some of the action from Red Nose Day 2013, and a thank you to everyone who raised money for Comic Relief.