Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC
Comic Relief

Comic Relief

  • TV variety
  • BBC One
  • 1988 - 2024
  • 21 episodes

Every two years the biggest British comedy stars and shows come together to raise money for charity. Stars Lenny Henry, Jonathan Ross, Griff Rhys Jones, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and more.

  • Returns on Friday 15th March on BBC1 at 7pm with Episode 22

Episode menu

Comic Relief 2019

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Romesh Ranganathan, Alesha Dixon, Emma Willis, David Tennant, Paddy McGuinness, Rob Beckett, Zoe Ball, Maya Jama, Lenny Henry, Joe Sugg. Copyright: BBC
Red Nose Day returns for its 17th telethon. Highlights include a sequel to Four Weddings And A Funeral. Lenny Henry is joined by a series of hosts.

Preview clips

Further details

An extravaganza jam-packed full of celebrity performances, comedy sketches, live music, highlights from this year's challenges, and films about the incredible work Comic Relief supports. Lenny Henry hosts segments across the night, joined by various hosts.

General Timings

BBC One, 7pm - 10pm: Comic Relief 2019
BBC Two, 10pm - 10.35pm: Comic Relief Does University Challenge
BBC One, 10.35pm - 12.30am: Comic Relief 2019

Exact Timings

7pm: Opening monologue sketch with David Beckham, featuring James Corden.

Paddy McGuinness and Emma Willis introduce the show.

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Paddy McGuinness, Emma Willis. Copyright: BBC

7:10pm: Freddie Flintoff pranks Robbie Savage on the Top Gear track with a car that is secretly driven by someone else.

7:18pm: Appeal film presented by Lenny Henry (FairShare).

7:23pm: Doctor Who explains Gift Aid.

7:25pm Highlights from previous Only Fools And Horses specials for Comic Relief, followed by a performance by the cast of Only Fools And Horses: The Musical.

7:33pm: Lindsey and Radzi from Blue Peter look into how schools have been raising money for Comic Relief.

7:37pm: Appeal film presented by Dawn French about an orphan.

7:43pm: A feature on Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman's 24-hour danceathon.

7:48pm: Emma Bunton says thank you to British Airways.

7:50pm: Miranda Hart presents a video diary, featuring cameos from Joanna Lumley, Tom Ellis, Sarah Hadland, Jim Carter and Colin Firth.

7:53pm: Appeal film presented by Ed Sheeran about homelessness.

8pm: Emeli Sandé sings.

Comic Relief. Emeli Sandé. Copyright: BBC

8:05pm: Zoe Ball and David Tennant take over as hosts.

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Zoe Ball, David Tennant. Copyright: BBC

8:08pm: Mamma Mia Here We Go Yet Again - Part 1.

8:15pm: Appeal film in Uganda with Stacey Dooley.

8:19pm: Maya Jama says thank you to TK Maxx.

8:21pm: A comic montage with Meera Syal, Martin Freeman, Russell Howard, Emma Watson, Richard Madden, Dawn French, Jimmy Carr, Gemma Arterton, Alex Brooker, David Beckham, Olivia Colman, Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Alan Carr, Sanjeev Bhaskar, John Bishop, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Lenny Henry, Romesh Ranganathan, Anna Kendrick, David Tennant, Ed Sheeran and Bono.

8:23pm: Appeal film about a man with depression, helped by the charity Calm.

8:26pm: Mamma Mia Here We Go Yet Again - Part 2.

8:33pm: Appeal film presented by Romesh Ranganathan about suicide.

8:40pm: Appeal film with Lenny Henry looking at the positive changes in Cape Town.

8:42pm: Highlights from Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb, followed by a studio interview with some of those involved.

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Dan Walker, Dani Dyer, Alexander Armstrong, Zoe Ball, David Tennant, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Ed Balls. Copyright: BBC

8:53pm: Keane perform Somewhere Only We Know.

9pm: Romesh Ranganathan and Alesha Dixon take over as hosts.

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Romesh Ranganathan, Alesha Dixon. Copyright: BBC

9:03pm: Bodyguard sketch.

9:12pm: An appeal film about a 4-year-old girl in Malawi.

9:15pm: Kimberley Walsh says thank you to Sainsbury's.

9:18pm: One Red Nose Day And A Wedding - Part 1.

One Red Nose Day and a Wedding invite. Copyright: BBC

9:26pm: Appeal film about child marriage, presented by Jodie Whittaker.

9:33pm: Rae Morris sings a song.

9:41pm: One Red Nose Day And A Wedding - Part 2.

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Father Gerald (Rowan Atkinson), Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas), Lydia (Sophie Thompson), Matthew (John Hannah), Carrie (Andie MacDowell), Charles (Hugh Grant), Henrietta (Anna Chancellor), Bernard (David Haig), Tom (James Fleet). Copyright: BBC

9:47pm: Appeal film presented by Olivia Colman about children war refugees.

9:55pm: A satellite link-up with Alan Partridge, but he doesn't seem aware he's live and is heard talking about his expenses.

10pm: Comic Relief Does University Challenge

Comic Relief Does University Challenge. Image shows from L to R: Vick Hope, Darren Harriott, Emily Atack, Jason Manford, David Baddiel, Martin Freeman, Luisa Omielan, Kerry Godliman, Robert Rinder

Swapping Masters of Study for Masters Of Comedy And Entertainment, University Challenge gets a Comic Relief celebrity takeover for one night only.

David Baddiel takes on the hosting duties and is joined by a host of famous faces as Jason Manford, Emily Atack, Kerry Godliman, Martin Freeman, Robert Rinder, Vick Hope, Luisa Omielan and Darren Harriott compete to win in this one off special.

With appearances from Jeremy Paxman, voice-over man Roger Tilling, one man band Anders Flanderz and previous contestants Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull.

10:35pm - BBC One

10:35pm: Repeat of the David Beckham intro.

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Maya Jama, Rob Beckett. Copyright: BBC

10:40pm: Clara Amfo and Rob Beckett take over as hosts, and introduce the celebrity phone bank. Those staffing the phone change throughout the night, but the opening line-up is Emma Willis, Denise van Outen, Sophie Thompson, Kimberley Walsh, Romesh Ranganathan, Fleur East, Matt Tebbutt, Chris Stark, Scott Mills, Simon Webbe, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joe Swash, Meera Syal, Lindsey Russell, Radzi Chinyanganya, Dan Walker, Aisling Bea and Basil Brush.

10:46pm: David Walliams presents 'Daves: The Official Calendar', featuring David Haye, David Ginola, David Tennant, Dave Berry, Davina McCall, David Baddiel, Dave the Plumber (played by Paul Putner) and David Blunkett.

10:50pm: An appeal film by Shirley Ballas about suicide.

10:55pm: The People Just Do Nothing stars explain Gift Aid.

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Chabuddy G (Asim Chaudhry), Grindah (Allan Mustafa), Steves (Steve Stamp), Beats (Hugo Chegwin). Copyright: BBC

10:57pm: Alan Partridge tries to undertake some pledges, with the help of Simon Denton.

11:03pm: Joe Sugg introduces a James Bond competition.

Comic Relief. Joe Sugg. Copyright: BBC

11:09pm: Appeal film about a charity worker called Rose.

11:14pm: Repeat of the celebrity montage.

11:17pm: Magic Mike Live featuring surprise guest Johnny Vegas.

11:22pm: Joel Dommett says thank you to Maltesers.

11:23pm: Repeat of Olivia Colman's appeal film.

11:31pm: Magic Goes Wrong.

11:36pm: The cast of Mrs Brown's Boys react to One Red Nose Day And A Wedding (a pre-filmed sketch in the All Round To Mrs Brown's studio).

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Cathy Brown (Jennifer Gibney), Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll). Copyright: BBC

11:46pm: Appeal film, in which refugees are seen calling family members.

11:49pm: Highlights from Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief.

11:51pm: Appeal film starring Peter Mullan.

11:53pm: Chats with those on the phone bank.

Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC

11:56pm: Repeat of the Ed Sheeran appeal film.

11:59pm: Stath (Jamie Demetriou) says thank you to Robert Dyas and Ryman, featuring Theo Paphitis.

Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Father Gerald (Rowan Atkinson), Richard Curtis. Copyright: BBC

Midnight: Behind the scenes on One Red Nose Day And A Wedding, with Richard Curtis, Mike Newell and the cast; followed by Marti Pellow singing Love Is All Around.

After midnight:

£60,628,353 total revealed, followed by appeal film.

Comic Relief. Copyright: BBC

Famalam sketch.

James Bond competition reminder.

Rachel Parris say thank you to BT.

Repeat of the Top Gear stunt.

Repeat of the Bodyguard sketch.

Close of the show, with highlights montage.

Broadcast details

Friday 15th March 2019
330 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 17th March 2019 5:35pm BBC1

Cast & crew

Lenny Henry Host / Presenter
Paddy McGuinness Host / Presenter
David Tennant Host / Presenter
Alesha Dixon Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Rob Beckett Host / Presenter
Romesh Ranganathan Host / Presenter
Emma Willis Host / Presenter
Zoe Ball Host / Presenter
Maya Jama Host / Presenter
Clara Amfo Host / Presenter
David Baddiel Host / Presenter
Joe Sugg Host / Presenter
Jason Manford Team Captain
Martin Freeman Team Captain
Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who
Paul Whitehouse Grandad
Tom Bennett Del Boy
Ryan Hutton Rodney
Peter Baker Trigger
Paul Putner Dave the Plumber
Allan Mustafa Grindah
Hugo Chegwin Beats
Asim Chaudhry Chabuddy G
Steve Stamp Steves
Steve Coogan Alan Partridge
Tim Key Simon Denton
Jamie Demetriou Stath
Alan Carr Colin Firth
Philip Glenister Pierce Brosnan
Lucy Montgomery Christine Baranski
Carey Mulligan Amanda Seyfried
Susan Calman Julie Waters
Miranda Hart Ol Parker (The Director)
Gemma Arterton Lily James
Joe Thomas Three Very Different Young Men
Sue Perkins Judy Graymer (The Producer)
Rose Johnson Jessica Keenan Wynn
Jennifer Saunders Meryl Streep
Jennifer Saunders Cher
Tom Hollander Andy Garcia
Richard Madden David Budd
Vincent Franklin Mike Travis
Gina McKee Anne Sampson
Sanjeev Bhaskar Official
Joanna Lumley Prime Minister
Adrian Dunbar Hastings
Keeley Hawes Julia Montague
Brendan O'Carroll Agnes Brown
Jennifer Gibney Cathy Brown
Danny O'Carroll Buster Brady
Eilish O'Carroll Winnie McGoogan
Hugh Grant Charles
Kristin Scott Thomas Fiona
Alicia Vikander Faith
John Hannah Matthew
David Haig Bernard
Sophie Thompson Lydia
Andie MacDowell Carrie
Lily James Miranda
Rowan Atkinson Father Gerald
James Fleet Tom
Rupert Vansittart George
Robin McCaffrey Serena
Simon Kunz John
Timothy Walker Angus
Sara Crowe Laura
Anna Chancellor Henrietta
David Bower David
Nancy Zamit Miss Lois Duval
Johnny Vegas Self
Nick Helm Self
David Beckham Self
James Corden Self
Andrew Flintoff Self
Robbie Savage Self
Lindsey Russell Self
Radzi Chinyanganya Self
Dawn French Self
Tess Daly Self
Claudia Winkleman Self
Emma Bunton Self
Miranda Hart Self
Tom Ellis Self
Sarah Hadland Self
Jim Carter Self
Colin Firth Self
Ed Sheeran Self
Declan Flynn Self
Emeli Sandé Self
Stacey Dooley Self
Kimberley Walsh Self
Rae Morris Self
Meera Syal Self
Martin Freeman Self
Russell Howard Self
Emma Watson Self
Richard Madden Self
Jimmy Carr Self
Gemma Arterton Self
Alex Brooker Self
Olivia Colman Self
Emma Thompson Self
Joanna Lumley Self
Alan Carr Self
Sanjeev Bhaskar Self
John Bishop Self
Chiwetel Ejiofor Self
David Walliams Self
Anna Kendrick Self
Bono Self
Tom Chaplin Self
Sophie Thompson Self
Fleur East Self
Joe Swash Self
Denise Van Outen Self
Chris Stark Self
Scott Mills Self
Simon Webbe Self
Dan Walker Self
Aisling Bea Self
Michael Winsor (as Basil Brush) Self
Emily Atack Self
Kerry Godliman Self
Robert Rinder Self
Vick Hope Self
Luisa Omielan Self
Darren Harriott Self
Jeremy Paxman Self
Roger Tilling Self
Anders Flanderz Self
Eric Monkman Self
Bobby Seagull Self
David Haye Self
David Ginola Self
Dave Berry Self
Davina McCall Self
David Blunkett Self
Matt Tebbutt Self
Sophie Raworth Self
Scarlett Moffatt Self
Joel Dommett Self
Peter Mullan Self
Ranj Singh Self
Kiri Pritchard-McLean Self
Edith Bowman Self
Samson Kayo Self
Mark Wright Self
Ore Oduba Self
Theo Paphitis Self
Richard Curtis Self
Mike Newell Self
Marti Pellow Self
Greg James Self
AJ Pritchard Self
Amelia Dimoldenberg Self
Rachel Parris Self
David Tennant Self
David Baddiel Self
Shirley Ballas Self
Ed Balls Self
Jade Thirlwall Self
Leigh-Anne Pinnock Self
Anita Rani Self
Dani Dyer Self
Alexander Armstrong Self
Osi Umenyiora Self
John MacMillan Self
Tom Moutchi Self
Nancy Zamit (as Nancy Wallinger) Self
Sam Smith Self
Charlie Russell Ensemble Actor
Dave Hearn Ensemble Actor
Ellie Morris Ensemble Actor
David Jason Self (Archive Material)
Nicholas Lyndhurst Self (Archive Material)


One Red Nose Day And A Wedding invite

The cast of Four Weddings And A Funeral are returning for a new special for Comic Relief. It'll be shown on BBC1 on Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March.

Featuring: Hugh Grant (Charles), Kristin Scott Thomas (Fiona), John Hannah (Matthew), David Haig (Bernard), Sophie Thompson (Lydia), Andie MacDowell (Carrie), Rowan Atkinson (Father Gerald), James Fleet (Tom), Rupert Vansittart (George), Simon Kunz (John) & David Bower (David).

David Beckham and James Corden open Comic Relief 2019

David Beckham kicks off an epic night of entertainment for Red Nose Day 2019 and he's joined by a very special guest...

Featuring: David Beckham & James Corden.

Freddie Flintoff's Top Gear Wind Up

There's a bumpy ride in store as Freddie Flintoff pulls the ultimate four-wheeled prank on ex-footballer Robbie Savage at the Top Gear test track.

Featuring: Andrew Flintoff & Robbie Savage.

Miranda Hart's Daily Dose Of Such Fun

Miranda Hart has been making a video based on her Comic Relief book, Miranda's Daily Dose of Such Fun. Here's some highlights.

Featuring: Miranda Hart, Tom Ellis, Sarah Hadland, Jim Carter, Colin Firth & Joanna Lumley.

Mamma Mia Here We Go Yet Again

Jennifer Saunders and a host of famous faces re imagine the hit movie, featuring some of ABBA's biggest hits as well as a peek behind the scenes.

Featuring: Alan Carr (Colin Firth), Philip Glenister (Pierce Brosnan), Lucy Montgomery (Christine Baranski), Carey Mulligan (Amanda Seyfried), Susan Calman (Julie Waters), Miranda Hart (Ol Parker (The Director)), Gemma Arterton (Lily James), Joe Thomas (Three Very Different Young Men), Sue Perkins (Judy Graymer (The Producer)), Rose Johnson (Jessica Keenan Wynn), Jennifer Saunders (Meryl Streep), Jennifer Saunders (Cher) & Tom Hollander (Andy Garcia).


David Budd is back, and he's got a new assignment...

Featuring: Richard Madden (David Budd), Vincent Franklin (Mike Travis), Gina McKee (Anne Sampson), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Official), Joanna Lumley (Prime Minister), Adrian Dunbar (Hastings) & Keeley Hawes (Julia Montague).

Alan Partridge takes to the streets

Alan Partridge takes to the streets of Norwich to drum up some fundraising fun for Comic Relief.

Featuring: Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge) & Tim Key (Simon Denton).

Johnny Vegas in Magic Mike Live

Johnny Vegas is the surprise guest at the end of the Magic Mike Live performance on Comic Relief.

Featuring: Rob Beckett & Johnny Vegas.

Only Fools And Horses The Musical

The cast of Only Fools And Horses The Musical perform on Comic Relief.

Featuring: Paul Whitehouse (Grandad), Tom Bennett (Del Boy), Ryan Hutton (Rodney) & Peter Baker (Trigger).

Magic Goes Wrong

Miss Lois Duval performs some magic for the Comic Relief audience.

Featuring: Nancy Zamit (Miss Lois Duval), Rob Beckett, Charlie Russell, Dave Hearn & Ellie Morris.


Post-Comic Relief criticism of David Lammy is a joke

The objection is not about what Comic Relief do. Since they were founded they have raised over £1 billion for good causes both in the UK and abroad, and that is worthy of praise. The objection is in how Comic Relief and similar organisations portray the work they are doing. Images have an unfortunate history of racialised appropriation. Actively combating this torrid tradition would be a step in the right direction when it comes to overturning centuries of nationalist power play.

James Hanton, The Student Newspaper, 28th March 2019

Four Weddings sequel: All you need to know

It launched the careers of stars like Hugh Grant, and inspired a slew of romantic comedies.

Now, 25 years after its release, most of the original cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral have reunited for a short sequel to be shown during Friday's Comic Relief telethon on BBC One.

BBC, 15th March 2019

Lenny Henry shares amazing work done through charity

The comedian and actor was a co-founder of Comic Relief back in 1985 and they had a simple vision to help create a world free from poverty.

Lenny Henry & Tom Davidson, The Mirror, 15th March 2019

After much controversy, it is finally time for this year's edition of the annual fundraiser. The likes of Lenny Henry, Emma Willis and Romesh Ranganathan lead proceedings, with the usual spoofs including a Four Weddings and a Funeral reunion and a return for Bodyguard's DS David Budd. While, as ever, the money goes to worthy causes, the debate around how Comic Relief portrays relations between the UK and developing nations was long overdue - and may well have been taken into account ahead of tonight's telecast.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 15th March 2019

Louis Tomlinson cancels Comic Relief appearance

Comic Relief 2019 returns to the BBC tonight, but there will be an alteration to the schedule as Louis Tomlinson has had to pull out due to his sister's sudden death.

Rebecca Miller, The Daily Express, 15th March 2019

Romesh Ranganathan: I'm proud to work with Comic Relief

It needs to improve, but it has done an incredible job when it comes to helping people lead better lives.

Romesh Ranganathan, The Guardian, 15th March 2019

One Red Nose Day and a Wedding review

Twenty-five years after the release of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Richard Curtis's well-intentioned short sequel for Comic Relief gave rise to no laughs but some genuine pathos.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 15th March 2019

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