Red Nose Day 2023 returns to our screens this evening promising to entertain the nation with funny sketches, live performances, big surprises and memorable music acts while raising money for good causes at home and abroad.
The epic three-hour telethon will be coming live from Media City UK, Salford from 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
We take a look at what’s in store and who will be hosting.
Who is in this year’s Red Nose Day line-up?
Red Nose Day has been running since 1985, when screenwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Sir Lenny Henry launched the idea in response to the famine in Ethiopia.
Since then, the originally biennial and now annual event has raised more than £1bn for causes around the world.
At the helm of this year’s telethon will be Red Nose Day veteran hosts Zoe Ball and David Tennant along with Paddy McGuinness, Joel Dommett and AJ Odudu.
What can we expect to see over the course of the show?
During the evening, fundraising events by the public across the country will be highlighted and there will be footage focusing on the charities set to benefit from the money raised.
Viewers will also get the details and totals from celebrity fundraisers such as Emma, Oti and Rylan’s Big Red Nose Day Challenge climbing Cairn Gorm in the Socttish Higlands, and Gethin Jones’s 24-hour non-stop Keep Dancing for Comic Relief.
There will be a selection of special sketches (something funny for money) and live performances from the worlds of music and theatre to entertain and encourage donations.
Among those already revealed are a special edition of the BBC hit show The Traitors. Host Claudia Winkleman will be replaced by comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders and cook Dame Mary Berry to assemble the celebrity “Faithful” and “Traitors” for a discussion full of twists and turns.
The star-studded and full-cloaked roundtable will gather to decide who should be banished. Which famous faces are beneath the cloaks and who is the ultimate Traitor will only be revealed tonight.
Hit BBC sitcom Ghosts is back with a spooktacular special for Red Nose Day. Pop star Kylie Minogue and her manager (played by Tanya Moodie) arrive at Button House to see if it’s a suitable concert venue giving the ghosts the shock of their (after)lives.
Comic Relief turns up the heat on ITV’s Love Island by sending an unexpected bombshell into the villa. And Blackadder’s Baldrick is back for one night only. Famed for his cunning plans and revolting menus, the BBC historical comedy show’s much-loved character played by Sir Tony Robinson will read his very own Blackadder Bedtime Story.
When does the show end?
The main programme ends at 10pm on BBC One to make way for the news. But those keen to keep going with Comic Relief can switch to BBC Two to watch When Comic Relief Did Big Brother for half an hour.
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.
Then at 10.40pm Comic Relief return 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 iPlayer.