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.

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.

Comic Relief 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.

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

Date
Friday 15th March 2019
Time
7pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
330 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Lenny Henry Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Rob Beckett Host / Presenter
    Romesh Ranganathan Host / Presenter
    Paddy McGuinness Host / Presenter
    Emma Willis Host / Presenter
    Zoe Ball Host / Presenter
    David Tennant Host / Presenter
    Maya Jama Host / Presenter
    Alesha Dixon 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
    Paul Hewson (as 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 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)

    Videos

    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).

    Bodyguard

    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).

    Calendar of Daves

    David Walliams forms a special calendar for Comic Relief.

    Featuring: David Walliams, David Haye, David Ginola, Dave Berry, Davina McCall, Paul Putner (Dave the Plumber), David Blunkett, David Tennant, David Baddiel.

    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: Johnny Vegas, Rob Beckett.

    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).

    Press

    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

    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
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