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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 1991

Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Ross set rolling six hours of red-hot comedy.

Further details


Bob Hoskins, Russ Abbot, Richard Briers, Jean Boht, Phillip Schofield and Bill Wyman squeeze into the sketch show Star Crazy!

Tony Robinson presents Cartoon Hits

Griff reports on the need for clean water among the Masai in Kenya.

8pm - Hero Turtles, Stupid Videos and Lovely Julian

A message from the Hero Turtles, a compilation of funny home videos from Chris Tarrant, and Julian Clary hosts a celebrity phone line. Plus an unusual look at Comic Relief's work in the UK, and the start of A-Z of Comedy, with A for Aristocratic Twits and B for Basil Fawlty.

8.30pm - Four Birds of a Feather and One Ronnie

A unique edition of Birds Of A Feather in which Sharon and Tracy meet two birds who look suspiciously like French & Saunders.

Ronnie Corbett is live in the studio, and Melvyn Bragg traces the extraordinary career of Postman Pat.

9pm - News


Lenny, Griff and Jonathan stonk back with disastrous co-host, Roger Mellie.

Tony Robinson reports on refugees in Malawi.

Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean celebrates Red Nose Day in his own sad way.

Plus Blind Snog, a kisser of a game show.

10pm - Bad News and the Barrys

Barry Norman presents The Barry Awards to the funniest film comedians with clips from their funniest films. Nominees include John Cleese, Peter Sellers, Steve Martin and Woody Allen.

Plus the first performance in five years by the baddest (and worst) heavy metal band in the world - Bad News - and the first Take it From Me, a personal review of Comic Relief's UK work.

10.30pm - Ben Elton, Victoria Wood and Boozy the Snail

Ben Elton throws down some comedy in the studio. Victoria Wood sings her Smile Song. Griff reports on a disability project in Kenya - and the A-Z of Comedy features The Blues Brothers, Tony Hancock, Steptoe and Son, and Boozy the Inebriated Snail.

11pm - Stonktabulous Type Stuff

Smashie and Nicey (Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse) report on Red Nose Day from the studio of Radio Fab FM;

Hale and Pace teach the world how to stonk

The Red Nose Rock 'n ' Roll Years features Smith and Jones, and Madonna (well, almost).

11.30pm - Wild Women and Wildlife

French & Saunders take over the presenting with a cracking hour of comedy, including brilliant bits from Thora Hird, Rita Rudner, Ruby Wax, Beryl Reid, Hilda Baker and the Golden Girls.

Also the dire Mellie at Midnight and an extraordinary revelation of how Sir David Attenborough auditions the animals for those wildlife shows!

Midnight - Battle of the Sex Gods

The evening reaches a thumping climax as Tom Jones duets with Theophilus P Wildebeeste. Vic Reeves stages a Red Nose Novelty Island, Steve Wright presents his listeners' favourite classic comedy, and more of Star Crazy! with Nicholas Lyndhurst, Rory Bremner and Glenda Jackson.

1am - Late 'n' Hot 'n' Live

The running total sprints upwards, in hot competition with wild comedy from Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Joan Rivers. Julian Clary gets even more intimate on the phones as Lenny, Griff and Jonathan come up with the final running total for this night. But it's not over yet....

1.30am - Stonk Till You Drop!

The comedy roars on with a jamboree of all-time classic sketches wedged together.

Broadcast details

Friday 15th March 1991
480 minutes