When is Red Nose Day 2022 on TV? Date of Comic Relief BBC telethon, schedule, presenters, how to get involved

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BBC One will air a three-hour Red Nose Day telethon for Comic Relief

Red Nose Day is back this month, with a series of celebrity-packed comedy shows and challenges to raise money for Comic Relief.

The three-hour telethon event will will air on BBC One on Red Nose Day, and raise money for Comic Relief, a charity whose mission statement is to fight poverty and inequality worldwide.

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Every year the iconic red noses feature different designs, and this year’s noses feature several different cartoon animals, including hippos, bears and flamingos.

In a bid to increase sustainability, the red noses and their packaging are completely plastic free.

Tom Daley will take part in a grueling physical challenge for Comic ReliefTom Daley will take part in a grueling physical challenge for Comic Relief
Tom Daley will take part in a grueling physical challenge for Comic Relief | BBC

When does the Red Nose Day telethon air?

Three hours of special Red Nose Day programming will be presented live and broadcast from Salford’s MediaCity from 7pm on 18 March.

Several different segments, many of which will be well-known shows with a fresh Red Nose Day twist will air over the evening.

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You can look forward to a hearty mix of hilarious sketches, live performances and one-off comedy specials.

In addition, short feature films will demonstrate the positive impact that the fundraising undertaken by people all over the country will have across the world.

Viewers will be encouraged to donate in an effort to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief.

How can you watch Red Nose Day 2022?

You can watch the full Red Nose Day telethon event live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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You can also watch the programme on catch-up on BBC iPlayer shortly after it has first broadcast.

Who will take part in Red Nose Day this year?

Some of the UK’s best loved comic actors, sports personalities, and performers will be putting in an appearance over the course of the evening.

Stand up comic and star of shows Fresh Meat and Bad Education, and children’s film Clifford the Big Red Dog, Jack Whitehall, will feature in the telethon.

Double act French and Saunders, Olympic swimmer Tom Daley, and Strictly Come Dancing winners Rose Ayling Ellis and Giovanni Pernice will also making appearances.

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Comedy legends David Walliams and Matt Lucas, actor and comedian Guz Khan, and Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades will also be spotted during the evening.

Who will host the show?

Sir Lenny Henry will be coming back to present the show for what will be his 11th time, though he will have support from other big names.

Henry co-founded Comic Relief along with scriptwriter Richard Curtis in 1985.

Singer and TV personality Alesha Dixon, 10th Doctor, David Tennant, radio presenter Zoe Ball, and actor and comedian Paddy McGuinness will all pitch in with hosting duties over the night.

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All of these stars have presented the show before, but Tennant has the most experience, having presented Red Nose Day four times previously.

What is the Red Nose Day 2022 schedule?

A full breakdown of programmes has not been released, as that would spoil the fun, but some of the features to be aired during the telethon have been confirmed.

The Comic Opera is set for a return, and six celebrities will be pushing their vocal chords to the limit.

Rock Profile, a classic show which featured mock interviews with big names, will be returning, starring original creators Lucas and Walliams.

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Other segments will see Kylie Minogue join the cast of Ghosts, Jack Whitehall try his hand at mini golf, and Sandi Tokvig host a QI special.

What is the difference between Comic Relief and Red Nose Day?

Comic Relief is the name of the charity founded by Curtis and Henry in 1985.

Red Nose Day is one of the main Comic Relief fundraising campaigns, as the telethon raises millions each year for the charity.

However, Comic Relief is an active charity throughout the year and always raising money.

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On Red Nose Day people across the country are encouraged to get involved with fun sponsored activities.

The first Red Nose Day telethon took place in 1988, and raised £15 million. To date, the total amount raised through every Red Nose Day telethon combined is estimated to be more than £900 million.

Last year, more than £55 million was raised for the charity.

Until 2021, Red Nose Day was held every other year, but now it will be held annually.

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