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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.

Press Clippings

BBC must follow its own rules and axe Comic Relief

New BBC rules about staff not support campaigns have already caused some difficulties, forcing a hasty retreat over Pride events. Prepare for more furores on this front. Yet Director-General Davie's intent is clear: the BBC must avoid alignment with any campaigns that have a remotely political edge, even if they seem innocuous.

Ian Birrell, The Times, 2nd November 2020

Comic Relief stops sending celebrities to Africa

The move follows criticism that its promotional films reinforced 'white saviour' stereotypes.

Jim Waterson, The Guardian, 27th October 2020

Comic Relief ditch plastic red noses

Plastic red noses are no more. That's because Comic Relief has ditched the plastic in favour of plant based red noses for next year's big fundraiser.

BBC, 6th October 2020

Comedy shows nominated in Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2020

Defending The Guilty, Feel Good, GameFace, Mum, Sex Education and Stath Lets Flats are amongst the nominees for the Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2020.

British Comedy Guide, 25th August 2020

Comic Relief reveals Big Night In total

The UK Government's match funding came to a close on 23rd June and £74,026,927 has been raised.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 2nd July 2020

The Vicar Of Dibley to return

Dawn French is to reprise her role as The Vicar Of Dibley for a sketch for Thursday's BBC TV charity broadcast, The Big Night In.

British Comedy Guide, 19th April 2020

Comic Relief to return for BBC's coronavirus Big Night In show

BBC One is to broadcast The Big Night In on Thursday 23rd April, a show in which Comic Relief and Children In Need team up for the first time to "offer some light relief and entertainment" in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

British Comedy Guide, 7th April 2020

Stacey Dooley: Comic Relief work wasn't 'sinister'

Stacey Dooley has written a new response to the Comic Relief "white saviours" row, saying her intentions were never "sinister".

BBC, 13th June 2019

Comic Relief to cut back on celebrity appeals

Comic Relief is to send fewer celebrities abroad after criticism that stars like Stacey Dooley were going to Africa as "white saviours".

BBC, 12th June 2019

Post-Comic Relief criticism of David Lammy is a joke

The objection is not about what Comic Relief do. Since they were founded they have raised over £1 billion for good causes both in the UK and abroad, and that is worthy of praise. The objection is in how Comic Relief and similar organisations portray the work they are doing. Images have an unfortunate history of racialised appropriation. Actively combating this torrid tradition would be a step in the right direction when it comes to overturning centuries of nationalist power play.

James Hanton, The Student Newspaper, 28th March 2019