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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 2022

Comic Relief
The UK's biggest night of comedy and entertainment is back. Sir Lenny Henry, Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon and David Tennant are live in Salford.

General Timings

7pm - 10pm: Comic Relief 2022

10pm - 10:30pm (BBC Two): Comic Relief at the Movies (film-based sketches from previous Red Nose Day shows)

10:35pm - 11:45pm: The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon, in which Vernon Kay and AJ Odudu serve up live music, comedy and a chance for viewers to enter some special Text to Win prize draws.

Exact Timings

19.00: Introduction by the hosts, Sir Lenny Henry, Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon. It's announced that Zoe Ball will not be hosting as previously announced, as she has tested positive for coronavirus.

19.07: Sara Cox introduces the Comic Opera challenge.

19.09: Appeal film.

19.14: Montage of highlights of previous Red Nose Days.

19.17: Jude Law and Eddie Redmayne surprise school children visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

19.18: Sound error means Mischief Theatre's The Mind Mangler doesn't really get started.

19.19: Appeal film, with a man called 'Donation'.

19.28: Kiri Pritchard-Mclean and Tim Vine take on a sheep dog challenge with Countryfile.

19.31: Mischief Theatre's The Mind Mangler.

19.40: Jack Whitehall's Mini Golf Challenge, with England football stars Mason Mount and Declan Rice.

19.49: Tom Daley's endurance challenge.

19.57: KFC thank you.

19.58: & Juliet musical performance.

20.04: Holiday competition.

20.06: Comic Opera training VT, with Rosie Jones, Scarlett Moffatt, Helen George, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nina Wadia.

20.11: British Airways thank you.

20.14: French & Saunders visit The Repair Shop, then Judi Dench and Finty Williams, Part 1.

20.19: Davina McCall presents appeal film about domestic abuse.

20.25: Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice perform their waltz to How Long Will I Love You.

20.28: Sainsbury's thank you.

20.30: First total reveal: £19,466,967. David Tennant takes over from Paddy McGuinness.

20.33: Part 2 of The Repair Shop.

20.36: Lenny Henry presents an appeal film about hunger.

20.43: Ted Lasso sketch.

20.45: TK Maxx thank you.

20.46: Win a car competition.

20.49: Sketch where backstage guests are cut from the show: Paul Rudd, Chris Kamara, Vic Reeves, Courteney Cox, Tom Holland, Jeff Goldblum, Clive Myrie, The Minions, Lulu, Big Zuu, Chesney Hawkes, Carey Mulligan, Harry Hill, Jamie Dornan and Gordon Ramsay.

20.54: The One Show's Red Nose and Spoon challenge, with Owain Wyn Evans and Angelica Bell.

20.56: David Tennant talks about Ukraine.

21.00: Live backstage at Comic Opera.

21.02: QI special. Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davies are joined by Jo Brand, Sally Phillips and Guz Khan.

21.07: Appeal film about mental health.

21.13: Thank you to crisp company Walkers.

21.16: Rock Profile. Vernon Kay meets characters played by David Walliams and Matt Lucas.

21.22: Jordan North's rowing challenge.

21.26: Rock Profile Part 2.

21.35: Appeal film about mental health.

21.40: Comic Opera - training VT, followed by live performance of Carmen.

21.50: Olivia Colman introduces a video about refugees.

21.55: Lola Young sings Together In Electric Dreams.

21.59: Total: £40,695,260.

22.36: Vernon Kay and AJ Odudu introduce The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon. Kay is standing in for Joel Dommett who tested positive for coronavirus. The section starts with a car competition.

22.50: Text-To-Win sketch with Harry Judd.

22.55: Bedtime Story for Comic Relief, with Stephen Fry, Ellie Goulding, Gok Wan, Sue Perkins, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe.

22.57: Glastonbury competition, followed by a performance by George Ezra.

23.08: The Masked Driver competition introduction.

23.11: Blu Hydrangea and Jujubee introduce a holiday competition.

23.15: Around The World In 80 Seconds quiz with Jordan North, featuring Baga Chipz.

23.22: Appeal film about malaria vaccine.

23.25: Highlights from Comic Relief special of This Is MY House. Chris Eubank, Harry Hill, Claudia Winkleman and Nina Wadia have to deduce who the real homeowner is as they virtually snoop around a luxury four bedroom house. Trying to convince the celebrity panel is Ricky Hatton, Claire Richards, Deborah Meaden and Robert Rinder.

23.27: Mobile phone competition.

23.31: VT with stats on the success of Comic Relief.

23.32: Mabel sings Good Luck.

23.37: The Masked Driver is revealed as Strictly star Kai Widdrington.

23.42: Total: £42,790,147.

23.47: Chesney Hawkes closes the show.

(The pre-announced Ghosts sketch involving Kylie Minogue did not appear. It was not filmed as Minogue had contracted covid.)

Broadcast details

Friday 18th March 2022
180 minutes
  • Friday 18th March 2022, 19:00 at Dock 10 (MediaCityUK)


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 20th March 2022 12:00pm
60 minute version
Wednesday 23rd March 2022 11:50pm
60 minute version
Thursday 24th March 2022 12:50am BBC1 Scot

Cast & crew

Lenny Henry Host / Presenter
Paddy McGuinness Host / Presenter
David Tennant Host / Presenter
Alesha Dixon Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Vernon Kay Host / Presenter
AJ Odudu Host / Presenter
Henry Lewis The Mind Mangler
Jonathan Sayer The Mind Mangler's Stooge
Nancy Zamit The Mind Mangler's Assistant
Oliver Tompsett Shakespeare
Cassidy Janson Anne Shakespeare
Miriam-Teak Lee Juliet
Jordan Luke Gage Romeo
Dawn French Extra
Jennifer Saunders Extra
Jason Sudeikis Ted Lasso
Brett Goldstein Roy Kent
Brendan Hunt Coach Beard
Matt Lucas Various
David Walliams Various
Leila Hoffman Adele's Music Teacher
Lloyd Griffith Text-To-Win Loser
Lucy Pearman Text-To-Win Loser
Vic Reeves Self
Claudia Winkleman Self
Alex Brooker Self
Olivia Colman Self
Robert Rinder Self
Davina McCall Self
Scarlett Moffatt Self
Jordan North Self
Jack Whitehall Self
Guz Khan Self
Jeff Goldblum Self
Tim Vine Self
Sue Perkins Self
Sara Cox Self
Jude Law Self
Eddie Redmayne Self
Rachel Riley Self
Kiri Pritchard-McLean (as Kiri Pritchard-Mclean) Self
Mason Mount Self
Declan Rice Self
Rosie Jones Self
Helen George Self
Tamzin Outhwaite Self
Nina Wadia Self
Jay Blades Self
Steve Fletcher Self
Finty Williams Self
Judi Dench Self
Amanda Middleditch Self
Julie Tatchell Self
Rose Ayling-Ellis Self
Giovanni Pernice Self
Paul Rudd Self
Chris Kamara Self
Courteney Cox Self
Tom Holland Self
Clive Myrie Self
Lulu Self
Big Zuu Self
Chesney Hawkes Self
Carey Mulligan Self
Harry Hill Self
Jamie Dornan Self
Gordon Ramsay Self
Angellica Bell Self
Owain Wyn Evans Self
Sandi Toksvig Self
Alan Davies Self
Jo Brand Self
Sally Phillips Self
Vernon Kay Self
Lola Young Self
Harry Judd Self
Stephen Fry Self
Ellie Goulding Self
Gok Wan Self
Josh Widdicombe Self
George Ezra Self
Blu Hydrangea Self
Jujubee Self
Baga Chipz Self
Chris Eubank Self
Ricky Hatton Self
Claire Richards Self
Deborah Meaden Self
Mabel Self
Kai Widdrington Self
John Thomson Narrator
Production team
John L Spencer Director
Peter Davey Executive Producer
Colin Hopkins Executive Producer


Go The F*** To Sleep

Stephen Fry is joined by Ellie Goulding, Josh Widdicombe, Alex Brooker, Gok Wan and Sue Perkins for a very special one-off Bedtime Story for Comic Relief.

Featuring: Stephen Fry, Ellie Goulding, Gok Wan, Sue Perkins, Alex Brooker & Josh Widdicombe.

The Big Golf Challenge

Chelsea's Mason Mount and West Ham's Declan Rice take on Jack Whitehall in the Mini Golf Challenge.

Featuring: Jack Whitehall, Mason Mount & Declan Rice.

French & Saunders visit The Repair Shop

The Repair Shop's workshop of dreams welcomes some very special guests into the barn. With no job too small or too big for the team of craftspeople they rarely find themselves sending customers away, that is until Red Nose Day. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reprise their characters 'The Extras' to blag a free fix from the team.

Featuring: Dawn French (Extra), Jennifer Saunders (Extra), Jay Blades, Steve Fletcher, Finty Williams, Judi Dench, Amanda Middleditch & Julie Tatchell.

Rock Profile

Matt Lucas and David Walliams revive their Rock Profile format to spoof various popstars.

Featuring: Vernon Kay, Matt Lucas, David Walliams & Leila Hoffman (Adele's Music Teacher).

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