Today marks Red Nose Day, so it's time to don that red nose and get ready for a night of superb entertainment and fundraising.
Launching way back in 1985, the idea was born when Richard Curtis, Jane Tewson, Lenny Henry and a few other friends thought they would use comedy to raise money for communities in Africa and the UK. The first Comic Relief aired live on Christmas Day from the Safawa refugee camp in Sudan during Noel Edmonds' Late Late Breakfast show.
Thirty-two years later, the charity has raised over £1 billion and this year it looks set to be another great evening.
Comic Relief is live on BBC One from 7pm tonight, Friday 15th March 2019.
This year's hosts include Sir Lenny Henry, Paddy McGuinness, Emma Willis, Romesh Ranganathan, Rob Beckett, Alesha Dixon, Clara Amfo, Zoe Ball, Joe Sugg, David Tennant and other special guests.
This year's programme is packed with exciting sketches. Hilarious north-Norfolk DJ character, Alan Partridge, will be returning to the streets of Norwich to raise money for Comic Relief!
Known for her Mamma Mia spoofs, Jennifer Saunders will also star alongside Rachel Arterton, Carey Mulligan and Alan Carr, as they make Mamma Mia! Here We Go Yet Again. Given how great Saunders' last Mamma Mia sketch was, we're pretty sure this is going to be just as side-splitting!
After reuniting his 2003 Love Actually cast for Red Nose Day 2017, Richard Curtis has now taken on the task of bringing the cast of his 1994 rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral together for tonight's Comic Relief broadcast.
Starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Rowan Atkinson and other original cast members, the mini-film One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, written by Richard Curtis to mark the film's 25th anniversary, will air from 7pm on BBC One.
University Challenge will get a celebrity makeover this evening as well, as eight celebrities team up to answer David Baddiel's questions in this one-off episode.
Emily Atack, Kerry Godliman, Robert Rinder, Vick Hope, Luisa Omielan and Darren Harriott will sit beside team captains Jason Manford and Martin Freeman – a feature that's sure to bring tears of laughter to your eyes!
Plus, if that wasn't enough, there will also be performances from Richard Madden in a Red Nose Day Bodyguard skit, the cast of Only Fools and Horses: the Musical, Magic Mike Live and Mischief Theatre!
There are lots of different ways to make a donation to Comic Relief. Just pick the way that’s easiest for you:
- Online – using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.
- On the phone – call 03457 910 910 and use your debit or credit card. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply. Calls from mobiles may cost more.
- At any bank – use the giro slip at the bottom of your Red Nose Day or Sport Relief sponsorship form, found in your fundraising kit. Comic Relief giro slips are also available behind the counter at most bank branches while Red Nose Day and Sport Relief take place.
- At a building society – while Red Nose Day and Sport Relief are taking place, you can pay in your donation at most building societies. Just ask to pay into the Red Nose Day or Sport Relief account.
- By post – simply send in a cheque or postal order (made payable to either Red Nose Day or Sport Relief) and a giro slip if you have one to EY, PO Box 51543, London SE1 2UG.
Comic Relief will air live at 7pm tonight, 15th March, on BBC One. To find out more, visit www.comicrelief.com