Some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment, including James Corden, Will Ferrell and Hugh Grant, will be appearing on Comic Relief – Funny for Money tonight (Friday March 15) on BBC One.
Viewers will be able to see David Walliams get up close and personal with Hollywood heartthrob Hugh Grant, with the two men sharing an intimate moment on David’s doorstep. In a sketch recorded for the night, David Walliams will be revealing a secret to a number of celebrities he has become close to over the last year.
James Corden will also make a special appearance on the night, reprising his role as the loveable Smithy, and Will Ferrell will be returning to screens as San Diego’s favourite Anchorman, Ron Burgundy, in a one-off sketch recorded especially for Red Nose Day.
A star-studded line-up of the nation’s favourite comedians will be doing something funny for money as Red Nose Day celebrates its 25th anniversary with a fantastic evening of unmissable TV: Comic Relief – Funny for Money.
A stellar cast of presenters – Michael McIntyre, Rob Brydon, John Bishop, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Jack Whitehall, Nick Grimshaw, Jonathan Ross, Dermot O’Leary, Claudia Winkleman, Alan Carr, David Walliams and Russell Brand – will entertain from start to finish, with original sketches from the stars of the comedy firmament promising to keep the nation roaring with laughter.
For one night only viewers will be treated to a comedy special of the nation’s favourite TV drama, Call the Midwife. Miranda Hart, Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter and the other midwives struggle to get to grips with a particularly unusual birth!
Multi-award winning sitcom The Vicar of Dibley will return to TV screens with an unmissable one-off sketch for Comic Relief. Back together for the first time in seven years, the cast are reunited for a 10 minute special, written by Richard Curtis.
International music mogul and TV producer Simon Cowell will be walking down the aisle in front of a close-knit circle of celebrity friends and acquaintances, as he finally looks set to marry in what promises to be the wedding of the year.
Peter Kay will be pushing himself to his physical limits and taking on the ‘toughest challenge ever undertaken for Red Nose Day’ as he forces himself to sit down for practically a whole week. The highs and lows of Peter’s gruelling adventure will be shown on the night, with the comedian hoping to make a triumphant arrival live at BBC Television Centre.
Rowan Atkinson will address the nation as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, sharing his views on the importance of fundraising for “Red Nose in Need”, in a script written and directed by Richard Curtis.
Slough’s most famous salesman, David Brent, will be back for a Red Nose Day special and this time the legendary businessman will be employing his talents as a music producer in a not to be missed sketch.
Viewers will also be treated to Comic Relief does MasterChef, with comedians Jack Whitehall and Micky Flanagan going head-to-head in a cook off for the one and only Dame Edna Everage.
The loudest and proudest mother in Ireland, Agnes Brown, from Mrs Brown’s Boys, will be telling the nation all about the ways she has raised money for Comic Relief, whilst Russell Howard has filmed a special Good News which will feature some of his favourite funny moments from the last year. Award winning magician Dynamo will also be performing a mindboggling trick that promises to leave viewers awestruck and there will also be highlights from Fresh Meat’s university challenge; Fresh Meat does Comic Relief.
There will also be a performance from the world’s biggest boyband One Direction who have recorded this year’s official Red Nose Day single ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’ – a mash up of Blondie and The Undertones,whilst pop sensation Jessie J will finally be taking on her big ‘Dare’ and will be shaving her head down to 0.5mm live on the night.
There will also be powerful reminders of the serious side of Red Nose Day, with moving appeal films from John Bishop, Brenda Blethyn, Rob Brydon, Davina McCall and Bill Nighy to show how the money raised could help change lives both here in the UK and in Africa.
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