Comic Relief 2021: What’s going on this Red Nose Day?

by Mother & Baby |

After taking a break last year at the height of the pandemic, Comic Relief is returning for its 35th show and it's bigger and better than ever this year.

This year's Red Nose Day will take place Friday, 19 March, 2021 at 7pm on BBC One. It will be hosted by Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny Henry and viewers are in for a real treat this year.

Who will be performing on Comic Relief 2021? 

Viewers are in for a treat this year as a whole host of famous faces will be doing their bit for Red Nose Day...

Vicar of Dibley

Dawn French will return to her character of Geraldine Granger for this comedy special where she'll be joined by special guest, Reverend Kate Bottley.

2020: The Movie

Starring Keira Knightley, Michael Sheen and KSI among many other special guests, this is set to be a disaster movie like no other.

Comic Opera

The English National Opera are pushing five comedians to their limits in a unique challenge where they must learn to be opera singers before performing in front of the nation.

Jack Whitehall's Zoom Meeting

Jack Whitehall tries to host a Comic Relief Zoom meeting with some of his celebrity friends including Olivia Colman and Anya Taylor-Joy.

All by Myself the Music Video

Mel Giedroyc guest stars as Bridget Jones in this parody of the famous opening scene of Bridget Jones’ Diary


David Tennant and Michael Sheen give us an insight into their lockdown series.

Harry Styles' Treat People with Kindness Challenge

Harry hopes to get the nation up and dancing with this challenge.

Top Gear - Radio 1’s Kids Ask Difficult Questions

Prepare for the ‘very candid’ interview where children ask the Top Gear presenters Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris the most difficult questions they’ve EVER faced, hosted by Radio 1’s Jordan North!

Tim Vine's Joke In A Box

Tim will be ready to surprise the unsuspecting servicemen and women who’ve spent some of the last 12 months assisting frontline medical staff with Covid testing and vaccine deliveries.

Back To The Future: The Musical

Marty, Doc and Jennifer from Back To The Future: The Musical will appear in a very special show for Comic Relief.

Comic Relief does Cinderella

Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page stars as Prince Charming in this festive themed pantomime special.

Normal People vs Fleabag

The award-winning Normal People and Fleabag join forces to create a brilliantly funny Comic Relief special.

Charley Mackesy’s Time Lapse Of Comic Relief Drawing

The iconic British artist and illustrator creates a beautiful drawing for Comic Relief.

As well as all the funny sketches above, we'll get to watch the heartwarming appeal videos to see exactly where our money is going and the good causes any donations will support.

Additional programming for Comic Relief

  • The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon - Friday 19 March, 10.45pm - Hosted by Jason Manford and Amanda Holden, viewers have the opportunity to win big!

  • Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance - Saturday 13 March, 6pm, BBC One - Gordon Ramsay is joined by fellow chef and friend Gino D’Acampo and his son, Luciano, as the father and son attempt to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief.

  • Rob Brydon’s Now That’s What I Call Comic Relief - Thursday 18 March, 10pm, BBC Two - Expect big names doing silly things and musical performances in the name of Comic Relief.

  • Red Nose and Spoon Race - As part of The One Show, Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas will be putting their skills to the test as they set out to compete in the ultimate Red Nose and Spoon Race,

  • Billy Monger’s Big Red Nose Day Challenge - Thursday 18 March, 9pm, BBC One - The inspirational racing driver and double leg amputee, Billy Monger has taken on an extraordinary triathlon-inspired challenge.

  • Ready Steady Cook Red Nose Day Special - Wednesday 17 March, 7:30pm, BBC One - This special series will see Rylan and the professional chefs return for a Comic Relief special.

  • Later… with Jools Holland for Comic Relief - Friday 19 March, 10pm, BBC Two - Jools will be chatting to actor, comedian and music lover Sir Lenny Henry, who will be choosing and discussing his favourite performances plus his favourite musical moments from Comic Relief over the years.

Ways to support Comic Relief 2021

Although your little ones probably won't be up late enough to watch the show, there are plenty of ways you can get the family involved and raise some money.

We must say, the Red Nose Day merchandise this year is brilliant. From the Pixar t-shirts to the funny red noses, there is so much to shop for the whole family.

You could also challenge yourself to fundraise some money. There are plenty of fun fundraising ideas here and you can register for your fundraising pack here.

There are also a number of exciting prize draws to enter at a cost per entry, with all proceeds going to Red Nose Day.

What is Comic Relief?

This huge charity event has been taking place for over 30 years and it aims to bring people of the UK together to help those in need. Red Nose Day is where people do something funny for money. You might have also heard of Sport Relief, which is where people do a sporting challenge to raise money.

The money raised will be used to help those in the UK and abroad combat issues including homelessness, hunger, domestic abuse, and mental health problems, all of which have been heightened due to the pandemic.

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