Red Nose Day 2017

Red Nose Day 2017

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Review

Anyone who’s anyone from the world of comedy is on BBC1 (and briefly on BBC2) this evening and, according to the trails featuring the lot at W1A, it’s actually going to be funny.

Of course the joke is it’s (itals) always (itals) funny. How could it not be with sketches from Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, a return to our screens of Miranda Hart (who’s promised to hold Rob Beckett’s hand throughout), and an attempt by Johnny Vegas and Joe Lycett to run a pizza restaurant?

Among the absolute must-not-miss-it moments is the sequel to Love Actually featuring most of the original cast. As Richard Curtis recently revealed, “Someone’s died, someone’s got lots of kids, someone’s been voted out of office and voted back into office.” Then there’s Take That doing Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. If you remember the singing in When Corden Met Barlow in 2014, you’ll know what a treat this is going to be.

In between all the hilarity are sobering film clips to remind us what it’s all about – and that’s donating money to help those in need in the UK and Africa.

Summary

East London's O2 stages the centrepiece of Comic Relief as Lenny Henry, Jonathan Ross, Sally Phillips, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis and Miranda Hart front a night of fundraising fun and games. French and Saunders, Reeves and Mortimer, Matt Berry and Catherine Tate all perform, while Johnny Vegas and Joe Lycett take over the cooking and serving duties at a local pizza restaurant - what could possibly go wrong? James Corden presents an exclusive Car Pool Karaoke from LA with Take That, and the cast of Love Actually fast forward 13 years into `Red Nose Day Actually'. There are also exclusive treats from Mrs Brown, Alan Partridge, Peter Kay and David Walliams, live music by Ed Sheeran, Rag 'N' Bone Man and Emeli Sande, and reports from an array of celebrities on the work being carried out to aid disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa. To donate call 03457 910910. Continues on BBC Two and returns to BBC One at 10.35pm.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Lenny Henry
Presenter Miranda Hart
Presenter Jonathan Ross
Presenter Sally Phillips
Presenter Rob Beckett
Presenter Romesh Ranganathan
Presenter Warwick Davis
Performer Dawn French
Performer Jennifer Saunders
Performer Joe Lycett
Performer Vic Reeves
Performer Bob Mortimer
Performer Matt Berry
Performer Catherine Tate
Performer Johnny Vegas
Performer James Corden
Performer Take That
Performer Peter Kay
Performer David Walliams
Performer Brendan O'Carroll
Performer Steve Coogan
Musical Guest Ed Sheeran
Musical Guest Rag 'n' Bone Man
Musical Guest Emeli Sande
Executive Producer Richard Curtis
Executive Producer Lisa Clark
Executive Producer Colin Hopkins
Executive Producer Suzi Aplin
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