RED Nose Day returns to TONIGHT with Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders among the big names attending.
Sir Lenny Henry, David Tennant and Paddy McGuinness will host the main fundraiser show, broadcast for the first time from the BBC’s Salford studios.
Zoe Ball was set to become a co-host but pulled out after testing positive for Covid.
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will be reprising their popular characters The Extras for a skit at The Repair Shop, while Walliams and Lucas will be bringing back their comedy sketch show Rock Profile for a one-off special.
Little Britain stars Lucas and Walliams will play Miley Cyrus and her famous father Billy Ray as part of their comedy skit.
The fundraiser will also see Kylie Minogue join the cast of hit BBC sitcom Ghosts in a one-off skit, while Jack Whitehall takes part in a game of mini-golf with footballers Declan Rice and Mason Mount.
Read our Comic Relief blog below for the latest news…
Red Nose Day brings in more than £19million in the evening’s first total
Red Nose Day announced its first total of the night at £19,466,967.
The show has seen many sketches, including one by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
Tom Daley raised over £1million for Comic Relief
Tom Daley’s Hell Of A Homecoming Challenge has raised £1,027,111.
The Olympic gold medalist completed 290 miles of rowing, swimming, cycling and running in a grueling four-day mission from London to his hometown of Plymouth in Devon last month.
During today’s live event, Daley admitted: “I literally couldn’t walk for about two weeks, to the point where my husband had to carry me out of bed at night to do anything. I literally couldn’t move my legs. “
Rose and Giovanni return with Strictly Dance
Strictly 2021 champions Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice just performed one of the stunning dances that won them the Glitterball trophy.
They performed a waltz to How Long Will I Love You
It was of course a flawless and beautiful dance by the couple.
A little jealous of Jay Blades, Paddy?
Paddy rounds off the segment, saying, “I’ve never been obsessed with Jay Blades.
“He’s just a tall, dark, handsome man with a big heart who’s good with his hands,” jokes Paddy.
“Honestly, I get it, I get it.”
French and Saunders go into The Repair Shop
Jay Blades looks rather perplexed at the two lovely ladies who just walked in – played by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
In the special episode of The Repair Shop, which will also star Dame Judi Dench, the duo play two fame-hungry women trying to get a free repair at the shop on the popular BBC show.
Repair Show host Jay Blades tried to deal with them – but unfortunately their antics died down and he threw them out of the store.
Back to the opera!
The Komische Oper is taking place live tonight – and celebrities are going through their paces.
The stars had no idea they’d been chosen, and Nina Wadia opened up about her “terror.”
Scarlett Moffat looked speechless for once!
How to resist a request from Tom Daley?
The Olympic medalist and swimming sensation has passionately asked to donate to Comic Relief.
Donations go to hundreds of different causes across the UK.
Jack Whitehall’s hilarious impression of Danny Dyer
A rather dapper looking Jack Whitehall is playing mini-golf with soccer players.
The comedian takes on West Ham’s Declan Rice and Mason Mount.
And Jack Whitehall’s Danny Dyer-inspired West Ham fan impression is truly hilarious.
Especially with that beret.
Tim Vine is the king of the shepherds
Tim Vine narrowly beat fellow comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean in a sheepdog contest on the Red Nose Day Show.
The pair competed in a special version of Countryfile’s One Man And His Dog contest during the charity show.
After showing off their newfound skills as shepherds, it was announced that Vine had scored 67 points while Pritchard-McLean received 65 points.
Oops… live broadcast failed
The Red Nose Day broadcast experienced a technical glitch that caused the show to skip its segment with a magician.
The audio from the previous segment, starring Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, was replayed as the Mind Mangler from the play Magic Goes Wrong took the stage.
Presenters Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness attempted to reintroduce the storyline before announcing it was due to a technical error.
McGuinness joked “it’s not very magical,” before quickly moving on, adding that “it doesn’t matter.”
Paddy says, “If it goes wrong don’t blame us”
Paddy and Alesha introduce the Mind Mangler.
They said about live TV, “What could possibly go wrong?”
Rachel Riley says giving is ‘as easy as one, two, three’
Rachel RIley says you don’t have to be a mathematician to donate to Comic Relief.
Just in case you didn’t know, you can text or go online to donate.
Don’t forget to select Gift Aid
Moderators send well wishes to Zoe Ball
Red Nose Day hosts also kickstarted the show by sending their love to Zoe Ball.
It comes as the broadcaster had to pull out at the last minute after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 51-year-old radio and TV presenter was set to be part of the star-studded presentation series tonight and was supported by Alesha Dixon/
Remember when James Corden took George Michael for a walk?
We’ve just been treated to a montage of great Red Nose Day moments.
And who can forget James Corden putting a naughty George Michael in his place?
Lenny Henry said after the segment ended, “We miss you George.”
Lenny asks Paddy to explain bitcoin
Lenny asked Paddy to explain bitcoin and the Bolton boy looked at a loss.
Laughing, he said, “Check please.”
We know how you feel Pad!
You know the drill – let’s raise some money for charity.
Text FIVE, TEN or TWENTY to 70702.
Get ready to laugh at celebs trying to sing opera songs
Sara Cox is at the London Coliseum, where a group of celebrities including Tamsin Outhwaite and Scarlett Moffat will later perform classical opera songs.
We watch them sing live, with no takes.
The hosts look polished tonight
Paddy and Lenny are joined by David Tennant and Alesha Dixon.
They sang, danced and pumped up the crowd.
And they look absolutely stunning.
The show is about to start!
For the next few hours, settle in and enjoy all the Red Nose Day nonsense.
We will monitor it with you in real time.
Alesha Dixon is replacing Zoe Ball
Comic Relief regular Sir Lenny Henry will be hosting this year along with Alesha Dixon and David Tennant.
Alesha has filled in for Zoe Ball who has withdrawn due to Covid.
Other participating stars include:
Where to buy red noses in 2022?
Red Nose Day is an annual fundraiser by the charity Comic Relief to help people suffering from discrimination, poverty and violence.
One of the most iconic aspects of Comic Relief’s big day is the red nose.
Children and adults in the UK have been wearing red noses since 1988, and they come in a variety of designs.
You can buy them at:
When was the first Red Nose Day?
The first Red Nose Day was on February 8, 1988.
The event aimed to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia and successfully raised £15million.
Sir Lenny Henry along with 150 other celebrities hosted the first Red Nose Day in 1988 and will return to his hosting duties in 2022.
Why do we wear red noses?
People wear red noses to show they are celebrating Red Nose Day and that they have donated.
Proceeds from the red noses go to Comic Relief, so wearing a red nose is a symbol of your donation and support to Comic Relief’s cause.
This year, the charity confirmed that the funds will also be used to support those fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion.
Is Red Nose Day every year?
Comic Relief is a biannual event – meaning it only happens every two years.
It used to be an annual event until the launch of Sport Relief in 2002.
Now Comic Relief falls in odd years while Sport Relief falls in even years.
The next Red Nose Day will take place TODAYFriday March 18, 2022.
Where is your money going?
Comic Relief spends the money raised through Red Nose Day and Sport Relief to help disadvantaged people living in the UK and around the world.
Over the last 30 years, over £1billion has been raised for the charity.
The charity Comic Relief is based in the UK and aims to lift the world out of poverty.
She has also supported campaigns to help people with disabilities reintegrate into the labor market and to expose elder abuse.
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