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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 Red Nose Night 2003

The biennial charitable extravaganza, as ever featuring a stellar cast of popular entertainers and aiming to raise millions of pounds to help those in need in the UK and Africa.

Further details

Jack Dee begins the night alone, outside, on a 60ft pole.

Westlife undergo the red-spray treatment.

Alistair McGowan performs a sketch.

Part one of Harry Potter and the Chamberpot of Azerbaijan, starring Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Jeremy Irons and Basil Brush.


A radical rethink causes chaos in an EastEnders special.

In the studio, Gareth Gates and the Kumars perform their Comic Relief single live.

Then the moment of truth arrives for the victims of Celebrity Driving School - will Paul O'Grady pass his test, and is Jade Goody even alive after hers?


New hosts Ant & Dec take money from the rich and famous

Part two of the Harry Potter special.

Comic Relief reports on a miraculous story from Rwanda.


The week-long celebrity pop saga reaches its climax as Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley announce the winner of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.


Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer present truly terrible magic and more.

Then, in Celebrity Streetmate, two surprisingly single celebrities are dragged through the streets of London by Davina McCall in search of instant love.


Lenny Henry presents Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - the Red Nose Special.

10pm - News

The fun continues on BBC2 with Comic Relief University Challenge.


Jonathan Ross unveils Rowan Atkinson and Lenny Henry in the spoof documentary Lying to Michael Jackson.

Ricky Gervais reveals his video diary.

Marion & Geoff's Rob Brydon is in the studio, plus music from Coldplay.


Graham Norton with late-night wickedness including Comic Relief's Rudest Stunts, the return of Sacha Baron Cohen and a "lost" episode of Blankety Blank from 1981.

0.30am - Comic Relief's Classic Comedy Masterclass

Adam & Joe present the finest in stand-up comedy, including Eddie Izzard, Tommy Cooper, Peter Kay and Spike Milligan.

Broadcast details

Friday 14th March 2003
480 minutes