Red Nose Day 2021 – Comic Relief returns TODAY featuring stars including Daniel Craig, Dawn French and Catherine Tate

COMIC Relief returns to our TV screens after raising a staggering £1.4billion over the past 35 years.

Daniel Craig, Dawn French, Catherine Tate and The Crown's Olivia Colman. will be the stars of tonight's Comic Relief main show which will be shown on BBC 1 starting from 7pm.

But events will be broadcast throughout the day on CBeebies and CBBC, culminating in the evening of live television on BBC One featuring live performances, hilarious sketches and one-off comedy specials.

This year's theme is 'Share A Smile', with plenty of celebs and schools taking part in Comic Relief 2021.

Alex Jones said: “This year Red Nose Day can’t come soon enough and I’m really pleased to do my bit to help share a smile.

"Humour is the one thing that always unites us and coming together to share even a small amount of joy with our neighbours and friends is what we all need right now.

"It’s such a lovely and simple idea, and if you make donation at the same time, you know you’re going to make a real difference.”

Follow our Comic Relief live blog below for the very latest Red Nose Day news and updates…

  • Katie Davis

    IS RED NOSE DAY HELD EVERY YEAR?

    Comic Relief is a biennial event – which means it only takes place every other year.

    It used to be held annually until 2002 when Sport Relief was introduced.

    Now, Comic Relief falls on odd years, while Sport Relief happens in even years – like 2020.

    The next Red Nose Day takes place TODAY, Friday, March 19, 2021.

  • Katie Davis

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMIC RELIEF AND RED NOSE DAY

    Comic Relief is the charity which was started by Richard Curtis.

    Red Nose Day is the actual event that takes place.

    People and celebrities are encouraged to take part in fundraising events on Red Nose Day to raise money for Comic Relief.

    These include cake bakes, sporting challenges and wearing red clothes to school.

  • John Hall

    Who is Comic Relief 2021 raising money for?

    Red Nose Day raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives.

    In 2021, it will help:

    • Tackle mental health stigma
    • Take action against domestic abuse
    • Give children a brighter future

    Among the many people raising money for Comic Relief is inspirational Billy Monger, a double-amputee who took on a staggering 140-mile walk, kayak and cycling Red Nose Day challenge.

    • Katie Davis

      WHICH CELEBRITIES ARE TAKING PART THIS YEAR?

      Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch and other stars chat about the power of laughter in a Comic Relief video launching Red Nose Day 2021.

      It features Joe Lycett, Mo Gilligan, Shappi Khorsandi, Sir Lenny Henry and others discussing how humour and comedy have helped them personally.

      The Red Nose Day schedule will feature a cameo from Dawn French as The Vicar of Dibley’s Reverend Geraldine Granger.

      Normal People and Fleabag will also return to our screens in a special mash-up.

      And David Tennant and Michael Sheen will star in a Staged special.

    • Katie Davis

      CATHERINE TATE'S 'NAN' TO BE FOUL-MOUTHED BOND GIRL

      Catherine Tate’s “Nan” is to become a foul-mouthed Bond Girl for Comic Relief.

      Daniel Craig’s 007 gets interrogated by the gobby OAP in a sketch to be shown on tomorrow’s BBC One charity show.

      Nan, played by Comic Relief veteran Catherine, ends up in M’s office after landing a part-time cleaning role at MI6.

      Catherine, 51, said: “Nan had a right old time meeting Bond. What a smashing fella.

      “As ever, it was great fun filming this Comic Relief sketch. Huge thanks to Daniel and all the Bond team for being such great sports.” 

    • John Hall

      STAR STUDDED

      The show will feature clips from popular TV shows including The Vicar Of Dibley, Staged and Top Gear.

      There is also 2020: The Movie, the biggest blockbuster never made starring Keira Knightley, Michael Sheen and YouTube star KSI among many other special guests.

      Plus, for the first time in five years, Justin Bieber will be appearing on British TV with an exclusive performance of his new single Hold On.

      Jack Whitehall's Zoom Meeting will see the comedian host a Comic Relief video call with guests including fellow comedian Guz Khan and actresses Olivia Colman and Anya Taylor-Joy.

      BBC comedies Normal People and Fleabag will also join forces in a clip for the programme.

    • Katie Davis

      EASTENDERS CANCELLED FOR RED NOSE DAY

      Eastenders has been cancelled tonight for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day.

      The BBC soap for tonight was pushed forward and aired last night meaning fans will have to wait until Monday to see a new episode.

      And it is set to be an explosive one as Frankie Lewis is attacked by Stuart Highway as the truth about Mick Carter’s abuse comes exploding out. 

      Frankie’s mum Katy Lewis was revealed to be a serial abuser who preyed on young boys when she was a care worker, including Mick Carter. 

      Next week’s episodes of EastEnders will see Mick and Linda settle back into their roles behind the bar at The Queen Vic.

    • Katie Davis

      HOW MUCH HAS BILLY MONGER RAISED?

      Motor racing prodigy Billy Monger suffered life-changing injuries after a horror car crash at Donnington Park in 2017.

      The double-amputee has been hailed an "inspiration" after taking on a staggering 140-mile walk, kayak and cycling Red Nose Day challenge to raise money for Comic Relief.

      The amount raised by Billy Monger hasn't been publicly released as yet.

      A spokesperson for Comic Relief told The Sun Online: "The total for Billy’s challenge will be announced on Red Nose Day tonight (March 19)."According to its website, the money Billy raises will help support a number of life-changing projects both across the UK and around the world.

    • John Hall

      WHO'S HOSTING?

      Tonight's show is being hosted by television presenters Davina McCall and Paddy McGuinness, comedian Sir Lenny Henry and singer Alesha Dixon.

      Sir Lenny said: "We all need cheering up, so this year Red Nose Day will be a bit different."

      The show will feature clips from popular TV shows including The Vicar Of Dibley, Staged and Top Gear.

    • Katie Davis

      THEME FOR COMIC RELIEF 2021

      This year's theme is 'Share A Smile', with plenty of celebs and schools taking part in Comic Relief 2021.

      Alex Jones said: “This year Red Nose Day can’t come soon enough and I’m really pleased to do my bit to help share a smile.

      "Humour is the one thing that always unites us and coming together to share even a small amount of joy with our neighbours and friends is what we all need right now.

      "It’s such a lovely and simple idea, and if you make a donation at the same time, you know you’re going to make a real difference.”

    • Katie Davis

      WHO IS COMIC RELIEF RAISING MONEY FOR?

      Red Nose Day raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives.

      In 2021, it will help:

      • Tackle mental health stigma
      • Take action against domestic abuse
      • Give children a brighter future

      Among the many people raising money for Comic Relief is inspirational Billy Monger, a double-amputee who took on a staggering 140-mile walk, kayak and cycling Red Nose Day challenge.

      HOW TO DONATE TO COMIC RELIEF

      Go to the Comic Relief website for full details and links on where and how to donate for this year including for Red Nose Day.

      This year's red noses feature 10 different characters and are plastic-free, as they are made from plant-based materials.

      They can be bought in Sainsbury’s or at comicrelief.com/shop.

      Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world, free from poverty.

      Its mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.

      TV CHEFS COME FACE-TO-FACE TO RAISE MONEY

      TV chefs and best mates Gordon Ramsay and Gino D'Acampo will come face to face on the latter's new game show, Bank Balance.

      Gordon will host a jam packed, hour-long celebrity version of his new BBC One quiz show Bank Balance to help raise important funds on Red Nose Day.

      One big name to join in the fun includes Gino who will try to answer the quiz questions thrown his way alongside his son Luciano.

      The father and son duo will attempt to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief.

      Gordon's Bank Balance, focuses on winning gold bars to take home money where contestants play in pairs and place different sized gold bars on a balancing board by answering questions. They'll get a chance to pick the categories for which they answer questions on.

      SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED

      Nan, played by Comic Relief veteran Catherine, ends up in M’s office after landing a part-time cleaning role at MI6.

      Catherine, 51, said: “Nan had a right old time meeting Bond. What a smashing fella.

      “As ever, it was great fun filming this Comic Relief sketch. Huge thanks to Daniel and all the Bond team for being such great sports.” 

      VICAR OF DIBLEY RETURNS FOR RED NOSE DAY

      The jam packed Comic Relief which will this year be hosted by Davina McCall, Sir Lenny Henry, Paddy McGuiness, Alesha Dixon and David Tennant will also see Dawn French don her clerical collar again.

      The popular comedian will once again bring the Vicar of Dibley to the small screen and this time her Geraldine Granger will try to meet her villagers' fundraising challenge.

      They've tasked her with lip syncing to her favourite song of the last year, Juice by Lizzo. 

      Geraldine will also be joined by a very special guest, Reverend Kate Bottley.

      • John Hall

        BOND, NANA BOND

        It will feature appearances from stars including Daniel Craig, Catherine Tate and The Crown's Olivia Colman.

        Catherine Tate’s “Nan” is to become a foul-mouthed Bond Girl for Comic Relief.

        Daniel Craig’s 007 gets interrogated by the gobby OAP in a sketch to be shown on tonight's BBC One charity show.

      • John Hall

        When is Comic Relief 2021?

        Red Nose Day 2021 takes place today, Friday, March 19 – marking 35 years of Comic Relief.

        Events will be broadcast throughout the day on CBeebies and CBBC, culminating in an evening of live television on BBC One featuring live performances, hilarious sketches and one-off comedy specials.

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