Next Episode of Comic Relief is
Comic Relief is an operating British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia. The highlight of Comic Relief's appeal is Red Nose Day, a biennial telethon held in March, alternating with sister project Sport Relief.
Lenny Henry and Griff Rhys Jones present eight hours of comedy - to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia and the Sudan, and for young people in crisis in the UK. This TV spectacular is the climax of a day of Red-Nose madness across the country.
7.35 Lift Off!
Lenny Henry and Griff Rhys Jones start the huge red ball rolling, with some snappy help from Jonathan Ross - introducing Stavros serving kebabs to guests and taking calls at the Telecom Tower, Jim Davidson in search of the Best Children's Joke in Britain and Rod Hull with the Best Red-Nose Drawing. Also Part 1 of 73 of a Kind - the Super Sketch Show with more celebrities than minutes, and more jokes than both.
8.00 A Question of Sport
Meets Spitting Image starring the real and the rubber Mike Gatting, Barry McGuigan, Daley Thompson, with David Coleman taking revenge on his annoying little puppet. Then the night forges on with a host of stars, including Little and Large Rory Bremner and Lenny Henry's report from Ethiopia.
8.30 Wood, Walters... and Wise
Live in the studio - Victoria Wood and Julie Walters, and hot on their heels, the start of Select-a-Sketch, then all-time comedy classics chosen by Radio 1 listeners from Monty Python, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Three of a Kind, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and The Two Ronnies. Also Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and the Gunk Tank, and Ernie Wise introducing a Morecambe and Wise classic
Continues into the night.
9.30 Jasper Carrott Meets Blackadder
Comic Relief careers on into the night with Jasper Carrott. Griff Rhys Jones reporting from the Sudan. Blackadder - the Cavalier Years - a one-off special from the dastardly dynasty, starring Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Warren Clarke and Stephen Fry as a suspiciously familiar King Charles I.
10.00 Dad's Army
Jimmy Perry introduces a vintage edition, The Royal Train - starring Arthur Lowe John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender and the rest of Warmington-on-Sea's legendary home guard.
10.30 Corbett, Garnett Palin and Cool
Comic Relief rushes on with Ronnie Corbett, Phil Cool, Alf Garnett and Michael Palin. Nos 8 and 7 of Select-a-Sketch Part 2 of 73 of a Kind - also a short film by ADE EDMONDSON on disability presented by Stephen Fry.
11.00 Dame Edna Everage Arrives ...
... to grace the evening with her almost royal presence. Then excitement continues to mount with nos 6, 5, 4 in the Select-a-Sketch countdown,French and Saunders misbehaving and the Dunking of the Person Voted Most DunkWorthy Radio 1 Disc Jockey.
11.30 Cannon, Ball and A B'stard
Madness is unleashed with Cannon and Ball and a thousand plates. Then, to take you through to midnight, a special comedy fashion show tastefully commèred by Pamela Stephenson and a special edition New Statesman: 'Alan B'stard Closes Down the BBC' starring Rik Mayall, Celia Imrie and Hilary O'Neill.
12.00 Ben Elton Live
Red Noses at Midnight - the whole nation puts on its red noses for a witching hour of comedy it would be fatal to sleep through. Featuring Ben Elton very much awake. 3-2-1 - climax of the Select-a-Sketch; Hale and Pace and The Two Rons; The Young Ones' University Challenge Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane Part 3 of 73 of a Kind and a short feature on young homelessness in England.
1.00am Steptoe and Son
Alan Simpson introduces Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell in a vintage edition, Come Dancing, with Tony Melody as the Milkman.
1.30 Sign Off
Lenny and Griff close Comic Relief with a final twinkle from a galaxy of stars, and a song from Max Headroom. A round-up of Red-Nose events across the country. A final total of money raised and a grand farewell.
On 5 February, red noses blew all over the country and over E15 million was raised for charity projects in Britain and Africa. Tonight Lenny 'Nice Suit' Henry and Griff 'Stupid Hat' Rhys Jones re-run some of the comic highlights. Marvel at the mighty confrontation between SPitting Image and A Question of Sport; thrill to the exploits of Blackadder, be heartily shocked as Alan B'stard, mp, the New Statesman, meets Mrs Thatcher. Then laugh loudly at the live Little and Large (no more Ts please - Ed), Hale and Pace, Jasper Carrott and many more, while taking a break from chortling at the subtle sketchwork of Penelope Keith Valerie Singleton , Victoria Wood , Keith Floyd , Paul Daniels and all the rest who weren't actually up in the Tower making merry with Stavros. Lenny and Griff top and tail this compilation with news of where the money raised has been spent and reveal plans for a Comic Relief New Year.
Matt Lucas(Andy (Presenter))
Steve Coogan(Alan Partridge (Presenter))
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