Comic Relief 2021
7pm: Dawn French as The Vicar Of Dibley
Dawn French returns as Geraldine Granger. In this special message, she takes on a fundraising challenge set by the villagers, to lip sync to her favourite song of last year, Juice by Lizzo. Geraldine is also joined by a very special guest, Reverend Kate Bottley.
7:08pm: Two minutes of jokes, from school kids including Sonny Mason, plus Xand van Tulleken, Chris van Tulleken, Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, Victoria Graham, Lucy Owen, Lost Voice Guy, Kawser Quamer, the Top Gear presenters, Tom Salmon and Riz Lateef.
7:10pm: Appeal film focusing on young child Arlo, who was born deaf.
7:16pm: Mary Berry explains Gift Aid.
7:19pm: Top Gear - Radio 1's Kids Ask Difficult Questions
A 'very candid' interview where children ask the Top Gear presenters the most difficult questions they've EVER faced, hosted by Radio 1's Jordan North. It's time for Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris to step up and face a grilling from their smallest - but toughest - interviewers yet... a selection of cheeky children from around the UK.
7:27pm: 2020: The Movie
After a year like no other, it's the biggest blockbuster movie NEVER made (yet) with. Part biopic, part disaster film, this new release turns movie stars into unlikely everyday British heroes. Starring Keira Knightley, Michael Sheen and KSI among many other special guests, prepare to see your favourite celebrities in the most unlikely roles.
7:33pm: VT package showing Billy Monger's triathlon challenge, followed by an in-studio interview with Billy.
7:37pm: James Nesbitt introduces appeal film about a family battling drug addiction.
7:42pm: Marty, Doc and Jennifer from Back To The Future: The Musical step into the studio for a special performance in a bespoke sketch created by Bob Gale, one the creators of the Back To The Future film trilogy. Featuring a new song from the musical, Put Your Mind To It, and the return of the classic Power Of Love.
7:50pm: Joanna Lumley says thank you to KFC.
7:52pm: Jack Whitehall's Zoom Meeting
Jack Whitehall tries to host a Comic Relief Zoom meeting with some of his celebrity friends... but realises it's harder to do than he thought! This star-studded sketch features special guests such as Guz Khan, Olivia Colman and Anya Taylor-Joy. The producers joke that it proves "even A-list stars can go straight to video (conference)."
7:55pm: Appeal film focusing on how the lack of tourism is impacting those abroad who rely on the income.
8pm: The Marsh Family sing.
8:05pm: Theme Park competition, with Jeff Goldblum.
8:08pm: Joanna Lumley says thanks to British Airways.
8:10pm: Justin Bieber performs.
8:15pm: Tim Vine's Joke In A Box
Tim Vine is on a mission: to reward the men and women of the UK's military forces by spreading a smile! Concealed within a funfair-style fortune telling machine, Tim is poised and ready to surprise the unsuspecting servicemen and women who've spent some of the last 12 months assisting frontline medical staff with Covid testing and vaccine deliveries.
8:17pm: Appeal film about AIDS in South Africa.
8:24pm: All By Myself the Music Video
Mel Giedroyc guest stars as Bridget Jones in this parody of the famous opening scene of Bridget Jones's Diary, singing All By Myself. Mel is joined in the video by a host of famous faces who are... yes you guessed it, are all singing by themselves!
In a bespoke sketch from the cast of the hit series Staged, David Tennant and Michael Sheen give us "a hysterical historical take on their lockdown series", with a guest appearance from Sir Lenny Henry.
8:37pm: Appeal film about food banks.
8:43pm: A pause to reflect on how coronavirus has impacted on the country.
8:49pm: Normal People vs Fleabag
"It's the mash-up you never knew you needed until now!" BBC Three's hugely successful and award-winning Normal People and Fleabag join forces to give us one hot priest and two lovestruck teens in a brilliantly funny and touching confession like no other.
8:56pm: VT about The One Show's egg and spoon challenge.
8:58pm: David Tennant introduces a competition for Carfest.
9:02pm: Joanna Lumley says thanks to Sainsburys.
9:08pm: Meera Syal presents an appeal film.
9:13pm: Lenny Henry talks about how Comic Relief is aiming to tackle domestic abuse.
9:14pm: A VT looking at Radio 1's fundraising efforts.
9:16pm: Comic Opera
Comic Relief and the English National Opera push Jayde Adams, Andi Osho, Caroline Quentin, Jennifer Saunders and Alex Brooker to their limits in a unique challenge - learning to be opera singers. Getting to grips with this highly skilled classical art form, they have just 24 hours to come together and perform live in front of the entire nation. Thankfully they've got the support of a world-famous mentor, soprano Charlotte Church, and ENO's award-winning Chorus and Orchestra behind them.
9:26pm: Joanna Lumley says thank you to TK Maxx.
9:31pm: Prince William introduces a film about mental health.
9:37pm: British artist, illustrator and author of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse, Charlie Mackesy creates a beautiful illustration for Comic Relief.
9:40pm: James Bond and Catherine Tate's Nan
In this exclusive sketch, Britain's best loved OAP Nan has spurned retirement and taken up a part time job as a cleaner. Whilst cleaning the office of the head of the Secret Intelligence Service - aka 'M', she finds herself face to face with 007 as he suddenly appears on screen for his security briefing.
The world's most famous spy is quickly caught up in a line of questioning he has never experienced before - but will the foul mouth senior citizen leave James Bond shaken and stirred?
Catherine Tate says: "Nan had a right old time meeting Bond. What a smashing fella! As ever, it was great fun filming this Comic Relief sketch, huge thanks to Daniel and all the Bond team for being such great sports. I hope it raises lots of money on the night."
9:47pm: Joanna Lumley says thank you to Walkers Crisps.
9:49pm: Appeal film about cancer.
9:55pm: Gabrielle sings Smile.
10pm: A running total of £45,938,942 is revealed.
BBC Two airs an episode of Later With Jools Holland from 10pm to 10:30pm
The presenter chats to actor, comedian and music lover Lenny Henry, who chooses and discusses his favourite performances from the Later archive. Plus, two artists make their debut on the show.
10:35pm - 11:35pm: The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon
Presented by Jason Manford and Amanda Holden, this live extravaganza features special guests, comedy and the chance for viewers to win a number of once-in-a-lifetime prizes, all in support of Comic Relief. Plus music performances from Rag'n'Bone Man, and Joel Corry and RAYE.
On Saturday morning a total of £52,025,485 was announced... with more money still to come in.
Lenny Henry said: "Wow. What a night. After 35 years, you'd think I'd be used to it by now; but the feeling you get when you see that figure at the end of the evening is something else. Red Nose Day was always going to be a bit different this year, but tonight we've been able to show just how powerful humour can be by raising an amazing sum of money that'll help so many people in the UK and around the world. Big respect to everyone who's helped - kids, mums, dads, teachers - we love you. From us all, thank you, for your kindness and generosity, and being able to donate when times are so tough right now, thank you. You are going to make such a difference in the world."
- Friday 19th March 2021
- BBC One
- 240 minutes
Cast & crew
|Lenny Henry||Host / Presenter|
Dawn French, as Geraldine Granger, is back with very special guest, Reverend Kate Bottley. She's taking on this year's fundraising challenge set by the villagers, to lip sync to her favourite song of last year, Juice by Lizzo.
Starring many special guests, prepare to see your favourite celebrities in the most unlikely roles.
Featuring: Russell Brand (Joe Wicks), Keira Knightley (Woman Who Can't Take It), Carey Mulligan (Next Door Neighbour), Anna Friel (Woman Who Cuts Hair), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Another Doctor), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Next Slide Guy), Himesh Patel (Zoom Freeze Guy), Barry from EastEnders (Zoom Inventor), KSI (Bill Gates), Matt Lucas (Gary Barlow), Gary Barlow, Al Murray (Local Pub Landlord), Ainsley Harriott (Superhero Marcus Rashford), Joan Collins (Vaccine Woman), Michael Sheen (Covid-19).
Jack Whitehall tries to host a Comic Relief Zoom meeting with some of his celebrity friends...
Mel Giedroyc's take on Bridget Jones.
Featuring: David Walliams, Emily Atack, Tim Vine, Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Ant & Dec, Ant & Dec, Romesh Ranganathan, David Schwimmer, Nick Mohammed, Keith Lemon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dick & Dom, Dick & Dom, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Judi Love, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Oti Mabuse, Shaun Williamson, Johannes Radebe.
James Bond joins a call to talk with M but is surprised to stumble across Nan (Catherine Tate), who is cleaning the office.