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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 1999

More than seven hours of top comedy, music and documentary footage of Comic Relief in action.

Further details

7pm: Lenny Henry and Davina McCall kick off the night's programming.

7.10pm: The Vicar of Dibley (part 1): Vicar Geraldine ([pDawn French]) invites Johnny Depp to a party.

7.15pm: Ewan McGregor and Friends. How Red Nose cash makes a difference to people in Africa.

7.20pm: The Biggest Red Nose in the World Ever. Presenting the first record of the night.

7.30pm: The Vicar of Dibley (part 2). A huge guest star arrives.

7.45pm: Johnny Vaughn and Zoe Ball take the reins.

7.50pm: The Great Big Record - Breaking Gunge. Griff Rhys Jones gets ready to splat 1,000 people.

8pm: Doctor Who (part 1). Rowan Atkinson stars, with Jonathan Pryce and Julia Sawalha.

8.10pm: Paul Bradley in Rwanda, reporting on the women who were widowed during the genocide.

8.20pm: Harry Enfield and Special Chums. Kevin and Perry kiss a star.

8.30pm: Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders take over, presenting Doctor Who (part 2). Will the Doctor survive against the Master?

8.40pm: Boyzone sing When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going.

8.50pm: At Work in the UK. A look at domestic Comic Relief projects.

8.55pm: Peter Snow Goes Tonto. Announcing the first big total.

9pm: News. Comic Relief continues on BBC2.

9.35pm: Doctor Who (part 3). The star-studded finale.

9.45pm: Record Breaking Broadcast. Radio 1 DJ Simon Mayo just before going off air after 37 hours.

9.46pm: The Victoria Wood Special - Wetty Hainthrop Investigates. Victoria Wood stars as the northern detective, with Julie Walters, Judith Chalmers, Gary Wilmot, Matthew Kelly and stars of Coronation Street.

9.55pm: Rwanda Odyssey. Another report by Paul Bradley.

10pm: Jack Dee, Jonathan Ross and Julian Clary introduce Men Behaving Bady - the Very Special Sketch set in 1968. With Martin Clunes.

10.15pm: The Fast Show Live for the first time on the BBC.

10.25pm: Dawn French - Child Prostitution. The plight of teenage prostitutes in the UK.

10.30pm: Elvis Costello. A rare live performance, just for Comic Relief.

10.35pm: The Son of the Fast Show Live. More bespoke comedy.

10.40pm: The Most Naked People on TV Ever. As the title suggests.

10.45pm: Davina McCall joins Lenny Henry for this part of the evening.

11.05pm: Graham Norton. The chat-show host puts in an appearance.

11.10pm: Have l Got Buzzcocks AII Over Comedy. Quiz hosted by Angus Deayton, with Nick Hancock, Phill Jupitus and special guests.

11.20pm: Where Are They Now? Tony Robinson with updates on Comic Relief projects in the UK.

11.25pm: Tantrums and Tiaras - the Out-Take: Sir Elton John with a peek at life backstage.

11.30pm: TFI/Comic Relief. Chris Evans's guests include Paul Gascoigne, Mick Hucknall and more. Plus Ruby Wax's visit to a Comic Relief project in Zanzibar.

12.30am: Blast from the Past, with Ben Elton. Highlights of Comic Relief from years past.

1am: Carry On Loving.

Broadcast details

Friday 12th March 1999
480 minutes