Comic Relief is back for another year of hilarious parodies, breathtaking performances and breathtaking prizes, all in an effort to raise money for those in need.
Hosted by David Tennant, Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuinness, AJ Odudu and Joel Dommett, the TV extravaganza is sure to be a night of fun and laughter.
Ahead of Friday night’s broadcast on BBC One, here’s a roundup of everything to expect from the show – from Claudia Winkleman fronting a hilarious Traitors parody to Kylie Minogue making an unlikely Ghosts appearance.
And while Mae Muller has been confirmed as the UK’s next Eurovision entry, Jamie Dornan, Bono and Miranda Hart are among the hopefuls for next year’s competition in a ticklish sketch.
There will be two musical acts; Tom Grennan sings his hit single You Are Not Alone and Zara Larsson sings her new single Can’t Tame Her.
The cast of Mrs Doubtfire The Musical will also sing and dance in their first UK performance of Make Me A Woman from the brand new show.
In a special parody of the hit psychological game show The Traitors, a star-studded roundtable comes together to decide who should be banished. Claudia Winkleman (played by Dawn French) gathers celebrity Faithful and Traitors for a twisty discussion.
Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Merchant, Dame Mary Berry, Danny Dyer, Rosie Jones, Maddy and Wilf from series 1 of The Traitors will all converge at the round table.
But what other famous faces will be under the cloaks and who will be revealed as the ultimate traitor?
The hit BBC sitcom Ghosts is back with a spooky special for Red Nose Day, and they have a surprise guest… none other than global superstar Kylie Minogue!
When Kylie and her live agent (played by Tanya Moodie) arrive at Button House to see if it’s a suitable concert venue, the ghosts get a fright of their lives.
TONIGHT on Love Island, Comic Relief turns up the heat and laughter by sending Chabuddy G, the unexpected BOMBSHELL, into the villa.
Expect Maya Jama slow-moss, sarcastic jokes from Iain Stirling and a romantic journey to the hideout.
Eurovision – The audition tapes
In this special sketch, the UK may have found its entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, but before the big night our panel (Graham Norton, Lulu and Sam Ryder) will have to attend aspiring celebrity auditions… of varying quality .
Can Jamie Dornan sing? Have The Fizz decided on their song choice? Does Tony Hadley still have it?
Will Miranda’s performance be laughed at? Or will Bono surpass them all? And who needs a hug from Dermot O’Leary after all this?
Stath rents out flats
On Friday nights, Dermot O’Leary visits small businesses to see what they’re doing to raise money for Comic Relief.
And first up are the staff at Michael & Eagle Rentals whose unique (and only) fundraising idea is to take Dermot on a sponsored tour of a rented condo.
Stath then drops in on a brand new song he’s written for Comic Relief – titled ‘Comic Release’ – starring Stath, his sister Sophie, Katia and Al – PLUS some very special guest artists.
Stath Charalambos says, “I couldn’t have felt more comfortable meeting Dernot O’Really in 2023 for Comic Release. His clothes fit perfectly on his body. Thanks X factor.’
Baldrick’s bedtime story for Comic Relief
We see the exclusive return of one of the country’s most beloved comic characters – Baldrick – as he reads his very own Blackadder Bedtime Story.
During the Red Nose Day entertainment evening, viewers will see how their donations can help improve the lives of those who struggle the most, both in the UK and around the world.
A series of films screened during the show tell the personal stories of people supported by Comic Relief projects and shed much-needed light on the impact in these challenging times: homelessness, mental health issues, human trafficking, the war in Ukraine and the food waste. crisis in East Africa.
During the evening of entertainment, viewers will have the chance to win a range of fantastic prizes, including a very special piece of British history.
Chris Evans’ CarFest has generously donated an iconic 2009 Jaguar X-Type Estate previously owned and driven by HM Queen Elizabeth II for an extraordinary Red Nose Day prize draw like no other.
Presented in Emerald Fire, the Jaguar features a barley leather interior and was designed by iconic car designer Ian Callum.
The impressive vehicle comes with a sunroof, automatic transmission, electric windows, climate control and a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate.
This once in a lifetime prize draw is not to be missed, and you can enter now at comicrelief.com/win
Chris Evans said: ‘I’m so grateful that CarFest is able to support Comic Relief and I’m thrilled to be 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, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to Chris Evans and CarFest for this generous donation for Red Nose Day – this is truly an award like no other we’ve ever been able to offer our supporters.
‘This is an extraordinary opportunity to own a real piece of history and it 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 going through incredibly difficult times in the UK and around the world. A huge thank you to everyone who comes in.’
Comic Relief Night of TV airs on Friday 17 March on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.