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All grown up: Red Nose Day celebrates 25 years

Posted March 15, 2013 - Blog Posts

Since 1988, Red Nose Day has become a national institution and the comedy-thon hits our screens once again tonight, on BBC1 from 7pm. Every two years, for some 25 years now, Red Nose Day has been making us laugh in aid of Comic Relief and tonight’s show sees the return of original presenters Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross alongside a slew of other famous faces.

Rowan Atkinson will feature as the new Archbishop of Comedy (in his own words “getting sponsored for going to work in a big purple dress,”) Jessie J plans to shave her head (make sure you hit record for that bit!), One Direction will be performing their smash-hit charity single, One Way or Another and Miranda Hart will be starring in a unique edition of Call the Midwife.

Some may say she’s already gone above and beyond in the run up to Red Nose Day this year, having to complete her Miranda’s Mad March (follow #mirandasmarch  on Twitter for more) challenges after sustaining a knee injury. We admire her tenacity, grit and creativity (and it helps that she’s often really quite funny)! Earlier today she went wedding dress shopping for bride Claire , with a little help from her TV mum, Patricia Hodge and there will be more where that came from, tonight.

Every Red Nose Day thousands of people do something funny for money, from comedy big-wigs to  ‘ickle school kids. Those at Palterton Primary School  in Chesterfield have done a full week of events in aid of Comic Relief, including a bake-off, sponsored silence and even a wacky fancy dress day!

Tonight, Comic Relief once again brings us giggles a minute for over four hours, without pause. Over the years there have been some marvellous moments from Chris Moyle’s 52-hour non-stop marathon show on Radio One in 2011 to Boyzone’s single When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going  in 1999, which just so happened to reach number 1 in the charts. We’ve taken a look over the last 25 years and have chosen three of the memorable moments from Red Nose Days past:

Am I bovvered?

The Catherine Tate Show was a big hit in 2007 and who can forget schoolgirl character Lauren Cooper, who made the catchphrase “Am I bovvered?” go viral. “The Big One” in 2007 saw Lauren meet Tony Blair  in this hilarious sketch featuring the then Prime Minister. The moment when Mr Blair stopped and said, “Am I bovvered?” may long be remembered as a Red Nose Day classic. Remind yourself and have a giggle on us.

Ali G meets the Beckhams

In 2001, Channel 4 star Ali G took on one of the funniest TV interviews to date. With now over 15 million views on YouTube, he interviews none other than David and Victoria Beckham for 10 minutes, covering hard hitting topics from Brooklyn’s taste in music to his future profession. Check it out  for yourself. Respect.

“Who Do You Think You Are?”

Who can forget Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Kathy Burke performing the Spice Girls classic “Who Do You Think You Are?” The remake eventually sold 672,577 copies and over £27m was raised in 1997. What’s more the comedy duo is ‘hijacking’ Radio 2 today in aid of Comic Relief. At lunchtime they gave presenter Jeremy Vine a lesson in how to deal with the day’s most important issues and Steve Wright’s factoids will be getting a French and Saunders makeover.

There’s no doubt that tonight’s Red Nose Day will provide yet more sketches that will be looked upon as classics in years to come. Ricky Gervais will be donning that cheap suit one again and reviving David Brent in The Office Revisited that is set to feature a new song for the former Wernham Hogg manager, Equality Street. And after 10.30pm the cast of Fresh Meat will be taking on a vague-sounding university-themed challenge…

The laughs will continue right into the early hours of Saturday with Russell Howard presenting some especially good news and Russell Brand taking us through the last 45 minutes of Comic Relief 2013 including highlights from his Give It Up for Comic Relief concert and a look back at this year’s best efforts. By the time he’s through, it will be time to call it a [Red Nose] day and hit the sack!

In honour of Red Nose Day, Comic Relief: Funny for Money is on BBC 1 from 7pm – 1-:30pm and 11.05pm -12:45pm.

Coverage will be on BBC2 from 10:30pm – 11:10pm.

We suggest watching whilst wearing jammies.

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