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.

Catch-up on Episode 19 on BBC iPlayer

Comic Relief 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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Red Nose Day Actually

Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC.

A short sequel to Love 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 13 years after the original film, to see what they are up to today.

Carpool Karaoke

Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC.

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.

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Peter Kay's Car Share

Car Share. John Redmond (Peter Kay).

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.

News story

Mrs Brown

Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC.

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

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.

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Middle Class Jeremy Kyle

Walliams & Friend. Image shows from L to R: Jeremy Kyle, David Walliams. Copyright: BBC.

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".

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Hecklers Anonymous

Frankie Boyle's Autopsy. Frankie Boyle. Copyright: Zeppotron.

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.

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Philomena Cunk: Moment Of Wonder

Cunk On.... Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan).

Philomena Cunk delivers a special Moment Of Wonder focusing on charity. Starring Diane Morgan and featuring Richard Curtis.

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This Country

This Country. Image shows from L to R: Lee 'Kurtan' Mucklowe (Charlie Cooper), Kerry Mucklowe (Daisy May Cooper). Copyright: BBC.

The hottest new comedy on BBC Three takes a special look at Comic Relief through the eyes of Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe.

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People Just Do Nothing

People Just Do Nothing. Image shows from L to R: Grindah (Allan Mustafa), Decoy (Daniel Sylvester Woolford), Ed Sheeran, Steves (Steve Stamp), Beats (Hugo Chegwin), Chabuddy G (Asim Chaudhry). Copyright: Roughcut Television.

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, Ed Sheeran. Part of the sketch has already been revealed online (Watch), but the world premiere of the music video will be shown exclusively on this night.

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The Stotts Live

Shooting Stars. Image shows from L to R: Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer. Copyright: Channel X / Pett Productions.

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

Toast Of London. Steven Toast (Matt Berry). Copyright: Objective Productions.

Matt Berry voices an appeal film and meet's Clem Fandango's half-brother, who looks strangely familiar...

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Greg Davies' Hot Tub Half Hour

Comic Relief. Greg Davies. Copyright: BBC.

Whilst the news is on BBC One, Greg Davies will be hosting a special segment over on BBC Two from a very unique location. The organisers say "all will be revealed, quite literally, from 10pm."

Graham Norton's Big Chat Live

Comic Relief. Graham Norton. Copyright: BBC.

After the news, Graham Norton welcomes a gaggle of guests to his ludicrously long supersized sofa in Graham Norton's Big Chat Live.

Russell Brand's Stand Off

Comic Relief. Russell Brand. Copyright: BBC.

From midnight, Russell Brand will be compering "a fabulous hour of fantastic comedy". This segment will include new stand-up from Brand too.

Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them

Comic Relief. Jonathan Ross. Copyright: BBC.

The evening will finish with a highlights show. The BBC explains: "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 And Where To Find Them.

Appeal Films

Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC.

Throughout the evening there will also be a number of films showing the important work that Comic Relief funds, both in the UK and in Africa. It includes Billy Connolly talking about growing older and what people can do to help. There will also be a look at the Red Nose Convoy, in which Hugh Dennis, Michaela Coel, Russell Kane, Reggie Yates, Katy Brand and David Baddiel swapped their home comforts for life on the road, taking a journey from Kenya to Uganda.

Broadcast details

Friday 24th March 2017
480 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Lenny Henry Host / Presenter
Jonathan Ross Host / Presenter
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Rob Beckett Host / Presenter
Romesh Ranganathan Host / Presenter
Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Joe Lycett Host / Presenter
Luisa Omielan Host / Presenter
Sally Phillips Host / Presenter
Warwick Davis Host / Presenter
Russell Brand Host / Presenter
Noel Fielding Host / Presenter
Miranda Hart Host / Presenter
Richard Osman Host / Presenter


Red Nose Day 2017 is coming soon

Ian and Siobhan from W1A have been tasked with helping to think up a plan for marketing Red Nose Day 2017.

Featuring: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes.

'Cool' fundraising ideas

The team from W1A think up some ideas. There are better ways to fundraise for Red Nose Day.

Featuring: Jessica Hynes, Joel Fry, Sara Pascoe, Alex Beckett.

Ha Ha Land

The whole gang gets together for a brilliant musical opening all about fun and giving.

Hecklers Anonymous

A candid look at the world of heckling.

Almost carpool karaoke with French & Saunders

In one of three similar sketches they performed on the night, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders sing their heart out to Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart.

Is Catherine Tate bothered?

Lauren Cooper (Catherine Tate) meets Lenny Henry and Warwick Davis and lets them know what she thinks of Comic Relief.

Take That Carpool Karaoke

James Corden hops in the car with Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen of Britain's biggest man-band, Take That.

Toast of London's Appeal Film

Stephen Toast lends a helping hand but he can't seem to get it right.

Smack The Pony returns

The Smack The Pony cast reunite for the first time in 14 years, especially for Red Nose Day.

Brett Domino explains what went wrong

Brett Domino had a number of technical issues in their late-night set as part of Red Nose Day 2017. Here, Rob J Madin explains what went wrong.


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