Red Nose Day has returned bringing with it a host new comedy sketches, send-ups of our favourite television shows, performances from music stars and fundraising feats from the public and celebrities alike.

The appeal day for Comic Relief has become a firm fixture in the nation’s calendar, helping to raise more than £1.5bn for the charity over the course of its 30-odd year history.

Here’s how to watch tonight’s proceedings and who you can expect to see.

How and when to watch Comic Relief 2023 tonight

The epic three-hour telethon will be coming live from Media City UK, Salford from 7pm on BBC One.

Viewers can enjoy an uninterrupted stream of comedy and live performances alongside updates and totals on fundraising events and footage of the causes which will benefit from the money raised.

The telethon breaks for the news on BBC One at 10pm but continues over on BBC Two with When Comic Relief Did Big Brother.

In 2001, six celebrities entered the Big Brother house in honour of Comic Relief.

Twenty-two years on, the housemates look back at this extraordinary moment in television history.

At 10.40 pm Comic Relief returns to BBC One for just over an hour of The Best of the Best Bits, highlights from 35 years of Comic Relief.

All the shows will also be available on the iPlayer.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of (left to right) Joel Dommett, AJ Odudu, Paddy McGuinness, David Tennant, and Zoe Ball, for Comic Relief Red Nose Day 2023. Issue date: Tuesday March 7, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ RedNoseDay. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Joel Dommett, AJ Odudu, Paddy McGuinness and Zoe Ball will join Tennant sharing presenting duties during the evening’s fundraising for Comic Relief (Photo: BBC/PA)

Who is in tonight’s line-up?

Steering the show through its fundraising marathon this year will be Red Nose Day veteran hosts Zoe Ball, David Tennant and Paddy McGuinness along with Joel Dommett and AJ Odudu.

But the evening will see a huge cast of the great and the good of the entertainment world joining the show not to mention a cameo appearance from the Prince of Wales.

Pop vocalists Tom Grennan and Zara Larsson will provide the live musical entertainment with performances of their latest singles.

While television cook Dame Mary Berry, actor Danny Dyer, comedians Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Stephen Merchant take part in an unusual but star-studded version of the BBC hit show The Traitors.

Pop legend Kylie Minogue creates an unsettling atmosphere for the cast of BBC sitcom Ghosts when she turns up at Button House to see if it’s a suitable concert venue.

Comic Relief will also turn up the heat on Love Island sending an unexpected bombshell into the villa.

Sir Tony Robinson will reprise his famous role as Blackadder’s sidekick Baldrick, to read a bedtime story.

Presenter Dermot O’Leary will team up with Jamie Demetriou’s Stath Charalambos from Stath Lets Flats for a sketch.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of (left-right) Lulu, Graham Norton and Sam Ryder, who are set to join a mock Eurovision judging panel in aid of Comic Relief, which will see the trio judge auditions from a variety of famous faces. The sketch will feature auditions, of varying quality, from the likes of actor Jamie Dornan and Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley. Issue date: Wednesday March 15, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Comic Relief. Photo credit should read: David Emery/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Lulu, Graham Norton and Sam Ryder (l-r) will join a mock Eurovision judging panel in aid of Comic Relief, with auditions from famous faces (Photo: David Emery/BBC/PA)

Graham Norton, Lulu and Sam Ryder form a panel to judge auditions from a variety of famous faces in search of the UK’s next Eurovision entrant.

Those auditioning include: actor Jamie Dornan, Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley and comedian Miranda Hart.

As part of Comic Relief, two tickets to the sold-out Eurovision Song Contest grand final will be given away in a prize draw.

One winner will also enjoy a meet-and-greet with Eurovision presenters Rylan and Scott Mills alongside their tickets, as well as travel expenses and a one-night stay at a top hotel in the host city of Liverpool.

The cast of Mrs Doubtfire the Musical will also deliver their first UK performance of “Make Me A Woman” from the new stage show.

Handout photo dated 21/02/23 issued by Comic Relief of The Prince of Wales, who has said he feels "glad" his mother introduced him to the cause of homelessness from a young age while recording a podcast with two people with first-hand experience of the issue. Issue date: Wednesday March 15, 2023. PA Photo. The royal features in a video appeal record for this year's Red Nose Day in which he met those receiving help from charities funded by Comic Relief. For the film, which will air in full during the TV broadcast on Friday evening, William visited Groundswell, a homelessness organisation where he met Nawshin and Miles. See PA story SHOWBIZ William. Photo credit should read: Daniel Loveday/Comic Relief/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Prince William features in a video appeal for this year’s Red Nose Day, in which he met those receiving help from charities funded by Comic Relief (Photo: Daniel Loveday/Comic Relief/PA)

And the Prince of Wales will appear in a video appeal in which he meets people receiving help from one of the charities supported by Comic Relief, homelessness organisation Groundswell.

Money raised from this year’s appeal will support people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and tackle issues such as homelessness, mental health problems and food poverty.

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