Comic Relief is back tonight on BBC One for Red Nose Day 2023, with an all-star presenting line-up broadcasting live from Salford's MediaCity.


AJ Odudu, Joel Dommett, Paddy McGuinness, Zoe Ball and Doctor Who's David Tennant (who'll be showing off his new outfit as the Time Lord) are hosting this year's telethon, bringing celeb-packed sketches, performances and other surprises to our screens over three hours.

The Traitors is returning for a mini special thanks to Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, while Ghosts is getting a brand new guest star in the form of Kylie Minogue!

With Tom Grennan, Zara Larsson and other musicians taking to the Comic Relief stage while People Just Do Nothing's Chabuddy G makes his Love Island debut, it's set to be star-studded show this year.

Read on for everything you need to know about the much-anticipated evening of entertainment, as well as for information on the new Red Nose and where you can buy it, as well as how to get your hands on Mr Men and Little Miss themed T-shirts.

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When is Red Nose Day 2023?

Red Nose Day 2023
Sir Lenny Henry supports Red Nose Day 2023 by wearing the latest Nose. Richard Davenport/Comic Relief

Red Nose Day will return to screens live on BBC One on Friday 17th March.

BBC One will broadcast an evening of entertainment featuring a host of stars, live music, exclusive prizes, comedy and much more.

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

What time is Comic Relief 2023 on tonight?

Comic Relief returns to our screens tonight at 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The show, filmed live from MediaCityUK in Salford, will air over three hours, ending at 10pm.

How to watch Red Nose Day 2023: TV schedule

The Comic Relief 2023 telethon kicks off tonight at 7pm, with David Tennant, Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuinness, AJ Odudu and Joel Dommett on hosting duty.

As for sketches and performances, viewers can expect to see the following in tonight's show:

  • Tom Grennan will be performing his hit single You Are Not Alone.
  • Zara Larsson is stopping by the studio to perform her hit Can't Tame Her.
  • The cast of Mrs Doubtfire: The Musical is debuting their number Make Me A Woman in the UK from the stage show.
  • French and Saunders are back with a special parody of The Traitors, featuring cameos from Stephen Merchant, Mary Berry, Danny Dyer, Rosie Jones and season 1's Maddy and Wilf.
  • Kylie Minogue is popping up at Button House for a Red Nose Day special of Ghosts.
  • Chabuddy G is the latest arrival in the Love Island villa in a special sketch with Maya Jama.
  • Graham Norton is joined by Lulu and Sam Ryder for a Eurovision auditions, with Jamie Dornan, Dermot O'Leary, Miranda and other stars auditioning for a sketch.
  • Stath Lets Flats returns to take Dermot O'Leary on a sponsored flat tour.
  • Blackadder's Baldrick reads a Bedtime Story.

There's more to come from Red Nose Day after the live show, with BBC Two and BBC iPlayer airing When Comic Relief Did Big Brother at 10pm, revisiting the 2001 special which saw Vanessa Feltz, Claire Sweeney, Jack Dee and others take part in the reality show.

Fans can also tune in for Comic Relief: The Best of the Best Bits at 10:40pm on BBC One and BB iPlayer, with AJ Odudu and Paddy McGuinness going back through 35 years of the telethon.

What is the Red Nose Day Love Island sketch?

Love Island 2023 host Maya Jama
Love Island 2023 host Maya Jama. ITV

Comic Relief will host its own Love Island villa sketch this year, featuring host Maya Jama and voiceover star Iain Sterling — and they’ll be joined by a music legend from the hilarious BAFTA Award-winning sitcom People Just Do Northing.

Rap star Chabuddy G, played by comedian Asim Chaudhry, will grace the villa as part of the sketch and we can't wait.

Talking about his appearance, he told the BBC: "Let me just say this, I hope there's a chiropractor in the willa because every girl in there will be getting vhiplash from all the head turning m8!"

Speaking about the highlight from filming, he added: "I think the highlight was the sun, I have no thigh gap so there was a lot of friction burning going on in the willa so by the end of it all I was completely soaked in aloe wera."

What is the new Red Nose for 2023?

Comic Relief’s famous Red Nose has undergone its “most dramatic makeover” since its first appearance in 1988.

Redesigned by former Apple guru Sir Jony Ive, the new nose is made almost entirely from plant-based materials and begins as a tiny, flat crescent that morphs into a honeycomb paper sphere when opened.

Jony Ive said of the redesign: “We’ve grown up with Comic Relief and are proud to support their remarkable work. This new and seemingly simple Red Nose has been a fabulously complex little object to design and make and has involved our entire team."

He continued: "We hope it brings a little moment of joy to everyone who wears one.”

Comic Relief co-founders Richard Curtis and Sir Lenny Henry tasked actress and comedian Diane Morgan with making a short film (below) to launch the new product, in which she describes it as “the most perfect nose in history”.

Asked what the public would make of it, Curtis told the PA news agency: “I hope they’ll love it. I hope they’ll be greedy for it, I hope it’ll become an absolutely mass, must-have item."

He added: “I’ve got this motto in life, which is 'to make things happen, you have to make things'. And that’s always been the sort of Comic Relief thing. So I hope it’s a big hit.”

Red Nose Day 2023 prizes

During the evening of entertainment, there’ll also be an opportunity to win a series of brilliant prizes.

Chris Evans's CarFest has donated an iconic 2009 Jaguar X-Type Estate previously owned by HM Queen Elizabeth II for a Red Nose Day prize draw.

You can enter the prize draw at

Chris Evans said: "I’m so grateful CarFest is able to support Comic Relief and I’m thrilled that we are able to donate this very special historic car, and so pleased to be able to share it with another enthusiast, especially for such an important cause."

Samir Patel, CEO of Comic Relief, added: "We are enormously grateful to Chris Evans and CarFest for this generous donation for Red Nose Day – this truly is a prize like no other we have ever been able to offer our supporters.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity to own a real piece of history and will be such a special prize for the lucky winner. From homelessness to mental health problems to food poverty, the money raised will help people facing incredibly tough times in the UK."

Tickets for the upcoming sold-out Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will also be given away as part of the prize draw for Red Nose Day 2023.

Speaking about the draw, Patel continued: "We are absolutely delighted to offer our supporters the chance to win tickets to the highly anticipated sold-out Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, which will no doubt be a truly memorable evening full of surprises.

"Head to to find out how to enter — the money raised will help people facing the toughest times in their lives in the UK and around the world. Thank you to all who enter, and good luck!"

Where can I buy Red Noses for Comic Relief 2023?

If you're after buying a Red Nose, and donating to Comic Relief 2023 in the process, then look no further.

The product is now available to buy on Amazon, the new home of the Red Nose.

Where can I buy T-shirts for Comic Relief 2023?

This year’s merchandise also includes Mr Men and Little Miss themed T-shirts, with sizes available for children and adults.

The products are available from TK Maxx and at least £2.50 from every item will go towards Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day returns to BBC One on Friday 17th March.

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