If you have plans this evening, you’re probably going to want to cancel them (sorry, Bee).
It’s Red Nose Day, which means Comic Relief. Possibly the best night of TV for the entire year will be airing on BBC1 this evening from 7pm-10pm, so we’re busting out the popcorn and putting our phones on aeroplane mode.
Comic Relief helps raise funds for numerous charities that help children in need and tackle worldwide poverty. Every single pound is spent on charitable projects, and this year six celebrities including David Baddiel and Reggie Yates drove 450 miles from Kenya to Uganda on one of the most dangerous roads in the world to see how the donations make a difference and to deliver vital supplies to those who need them most.
If you want to get involved in fundraising for Comic Relief there’s still time, why not check out there website here.
Tonight’s show boasts an impressive line up of comedians, actors and all-round funny people, As per usual, Sir Lenny Henry will be hosting and there will be guest appearances from Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Sally Phillips, Jonathan Ross and French & Saunders.
Graham Norton will be interviewing people on a giant red sofa (obvs), Russell Brand will be doing some new stand-up material and Noel Fielding will make an appearance (hopefully armed with a lot of baking puns and scone in hand so we can all start adjusting to the idea of him as a host of Bake Off).
Ed Sheeran will be singing live – according to the law that says none of us can go a day without seeing Ed Sheeran right now – and we can’t be the only ones hoping there’ll be a guest appearance from the little girl that looks eerily like a tiny clone of Ed.
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James Corden will be doing a Carpool Karaoke special – we’re hoping he’s gonna be interviewing the *other* Obama.
And then there’s the event we’ve all been waiting for: Red Nose Day Actually.
(Most) of the cast of Love Actually will be reuniting for a special 10 minute update on where the characters ended up, 13 years later. It’s confirmed that Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson and Keira Knightly will all be there. Of course, the reunion will be bitter sweet without Alan Rickman, who will be sorely missed. Always.
But we’re hoping that Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) will have another absurd song, only this time he’ll be helping Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson) launch their music career. And that Jamie (Colin Firth) will have written a dystopian YA trilogy that he’s just sold the film rights for, with Zac Efron rumoured for the lead role. But hey, those are just our hopes and dreams. Don’t break our hearts, guys.
Grab your comfiest pyjamas and the best spot on the sofa – it’s going to be a brilliant night.