On Friday March 15th Red Nose Day takes over BBC One with a night of one-off programming called Comic Relief – Funny for Money. In the annual appeal for money benefiting British and African charities the stars of British television come out and try to win the public over with special programming and funny fund-raising attempts.
The over three-hour telethon has various presenters including:
- 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
- Russell Brand
The 2013 telecast also features one-off comedic specials of famous BBC shows including:
Call the Midwife – the ladies of Nonnatus House must deal with (even for them) an usual birth
The Office Revisited – David Brent is checking in after ten years and sharing his new video Equality Street
Master Chef – featuring Dame Edna
EastEnders will feature a special red nose day storyline involving gangs.
In specially created skits David Walliams shares an intimate secret and Rowan Atkinson will address the nation as Arch the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
There are even Dares and Challenges to raise money. Peter Kay attempts the ‘toughest challenge ever undertaken for Red Nose Day’ as he tries to sit for an entire week. Jesse J will shave her head live! And the six celebrities that attempted to navigate the Zambezi River, Dara O’Briain, Mel C, Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Phillips Idowu and Greg James check in and tell the world about their Hell or High Water Challenge.
There will be lots of excitement and surprises all through the night with performances from One Direction and a check-in with Mrs. Brown and her boys and even Miss Piggy. The evening will also feature testimonials and appeals from celebrities all in the name of Comic Relief including Brenda Blethyn and Bill Nighy.
Red Nose Day programming airs live exclusively on BBC One Friday, March 15th.