Comic Relief 2013 – Funny for Money – Live on BBC TV

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Red Nose Day returns with an evening of entertainment to raise money for disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa.

From 7pm Lenny Henry, Dermot O’Leary and Claudia Winkleman kick off the first hour of fun, which features Rowan Atkinson as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Jessie J shaving off her glossy locks live in the studio, One Direction performing the official Comic Relief single One Way or Another and Miranda Hart starring in a not-entirely-serious mini-episode of Call the Midwife.

Plus, there’s an appearance from Miss Piggy.

At 8pm Michael McIntyre and Rob Brydon take over the reins.

Highlights include a MasterChef cook-off between Jack Whitehall and Micky Flanagan – with Dame Edna Everage judging their efforts – an appearance from Peter Kay, and a look back at the Zambezi River challenge with the celebrities who took part.

Plus, a mini EastEnders episode continuing the Bianca and Liam storyline.

From 9.30pm John Bishop and Davina McCall present Mrs Brown’s first Comic Relief appearance, and Miranda Hart is back again, this time to complete Miranda’s Meander around the country, with the help of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. But perhaps the most eagerly awaited highlight will be the return of Ricky Gervais as self-deluded Office manager David Brent.

At 10.30pm the show switches to BBC Two while the news is on BBC One.

From 11.05pm Jonathan Ross and Jack Whitehall are at the helm, joined by former Doctor Who David Tennant, while Citizen Khan travels down from Birmingham.

Also, David Walliams reveals the identities of all the celebrities he has been `intimate with’ over the past 12 months.

At 11.45pm Alan Carr and David Walliams host the next hour, featuring a new music video from Peter Kay, a hugely ambitious illusion by street magician Dynamo, some Good News from Russell Howard and highlights of Graham Norton’s marathon BBC Three chat show from last Thursday.

And at 12.45am Russell Brand takes over the presenting baton to steer things through to the end, presenting clips from – among other things – his own Give It Up for Comic Relief gig.

Comic Relief – Funny for Money – begins at 7pm on BBC One

Last updated: Friday 15 March 2013
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