Sport Relief 2018

Sport Relief 2018

Episode 1

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Review

An intense evening of Lycra-clad entertainment to encourage you to jog over to your wallet, powerlift your credit card and throw some money at this charity. Once you’ve done that, you can kick off the trainers, settle down and enjoy this six-hour marathon without even breaking sweat.

It’s an exhausting schedule, however. Celebrity Boxing returns with six fearless (should that be foolish?) contenders including Wayne Bridge and Hannah Spearritt getting into the ring for a series of bouts; Robbie Savage’s all-star five-a-side football squad attempt to play a gruelling 12 hours of non-stop footie; and, swapping football strips for sequins and spray tan, David Ginola, Alex Scott and Chris Kamara show off their fancy footwork Strictly Come Dancing-style. That’s quite a lot of footballers for one show.

And, if you missed Zoë Ball’s progress as – undeterred by her near-complete lack of cycling experience – she rode from Blackpool to Brighton, you can catch up on her arduous journey. Plus, of course, there are reminders of why they’re raising money, and where your donations go.

Summary

Gary Lineker, Davina McCall and Ore Oduba introduce the biennial fundraiser as leading lights in the worlds of sport, music and entertainment gather at MediaCityUK in Salford. 7.00 Kylie Minogue performs live, while Wembley Arena hosts a footballing edition of Strictly Come Dancing, with David Ginola, Alex Scott and Chris Kamara battling it out on the dance floor - while John Barnes also puts in a special appearance. Magician Ben Hanlin goes behind the scenes at Sports Personality of the Year wowing Anthony Joshua, Harry Kane, Paula Radcliffe and Michael Johnson with his tricks. At Salford Quays, some of the BBC's top faces go head to head against talent from ITV in Celebrity Boat Race, while there are regular updates of Robbie Savage's All Stars in their non-stop football marathon. 8.30 Claudia Winkleman and Paddy McGuinness present as John Bishop tries to help the England football team in their preparations for the World Cup finals. Plus, the first of several celebrity boxing fights as Wayne Bridge, Spencer Matthews, Hannah Spearritt, Vanessa White, Camilla Thurlow and Helen Skelton go head to head in the ring. Rob Brydon and the cast from Swimming with Men feature in a sketch, plus there's music from Snow Patrol. Continues on BBC Two at 10pm and on BBC One at 10.35pm.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gary Lineker
Presenter Davina McCall
Presenter Ore Oduba
Presenter Claudia Winkleman
Presenter Paddy McGuinness
Contributor Wayne Bridge
Contributor Spencer Matthews
Contributor Hannah Spearritt
Contributor Vanessa White
Contributor Camilla Thurlow
Contributor Helen Skelton
Contributor John Bishop
Contributor Sue Barker
Contributor Robbie Savage
Contributor Alex Scott
Contributor Chris Kamara
Contributor David Ginola
Contributor Rob Brydon
Contributor Ben Hanlin
Musical Guest Kylie Minogue
Musical Guest Snow Patrol
Director John L Spencer
Editor Carl Doran
Executive Producer Colin Hopkins
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