It’s finally Red Nose Day again, and we’re in for a night of comedy, music and revelry, all for a good cause. The telethon kicks off tonight at 6pm with its first ever pre-broadcast party on Facebook Live, but it’s already released some hilarious sketches to prep us all for the big event, such as Stephen Hawking auditioning stars to be his new voice.
The show goes live at 7pm on BBC One, where Jonathan Ross, Sally Phillips, Warwick Davis, Miranda Hart, Rob Beckett, and Romesh Ranganathan will join Sir Lenny Henry at the O2 Arena, the first time the show will take place at the London landmark. Part One will go until 10pm and includes the long-awaited Red Nose Day Actually, the mini sequel to Love Actually. The Christmas favorite isn’t the only one getting a reunion as the ladies of Smack the Pony will team up for some new sketches too.
We can also expect to see some exclusive previews as Peter Kay gives a first look at the second series of Car Share and Agnes Brown takes the stage to preview her new series, All Round to Mrs. Brown’s.
James Corden and Take That will join up for Carpool Karaoke, David Walliams will give us a “middle class” Jeremy Kyle, Scott Mills and Chris Stark will deliver a live version of Radio 1’s classic “Innuendo Bingo,” and Vic and Bob, French and Saunders, Matt Berry, and Catherine Tate will bring the laughs. Not to mention the musical performances of Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, and Rag’n’Bone Man.
Switch the channel to BBC Two at 10 for Greg Davies’ “Hot Tub Half Hour,” where the comedian will appear live, in a hot tub, at the top of the O2. He’ll present sketches like “Heckler’s Anonymous” starring Frankie Boyle, Rebecca Front and Russell Brand and Philomena Cunk’s “Moment of Wonder,” as well as a behind the scenes segment on the making of Red Nose Day Actually.
Head back to BBC One at 10:35 for the rest of the night. Graham Norton will host his “Big Chat Live,” with tons of guests and an appropriately sized extra large sofa and Ed Sheeran will perform his new Comic Relief single with the stars of People Just Do Nothing.
Then at midnight, Russell Brand will host a one-hour stand-up special with seven hilarious comedians. The night will finish at 2:30 AM after “Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them,” where Noel Fielding and Jonathan Ross look back on three decades of Red Nose Day musical moments.
If you miss the chance to see it live, have no fear. BBC One is broadcasting highlights on Sunday at 5:35 PM.
Although the night is sure to be full of laughs, it’s important to remember the real purpose of Red Nose Day: to benefit those struggling in both the UK and Africa, so make sure to donate if you can. This Red Nose Day looks like it’s definitely going to be one for the ages.