Red Nose Day 2022 LIVE: David Walliams & Dawn French among huge celebrity line-up as Comic Relief bash returns TONIGHT

RED Nose Day returns to TONIGHT with Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders among the big names taking part.

Sir Lenny Henry, David Tennant and Paddy McGuinness will host the main fundraising show, which will be broadcast from the BBC studios in Salford for the first time.

Zoe Ball was due to co-host but has pulled out after testing positive for Covid.

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will reprise their popular characters The Extras for a sketch set in The Repair Shop, while Walliams and Lucas will bring back their comedy sketch show Rock Profile for a one-off special.

Little Britain stars Lucas and Walliams will impersonate Miley Cyrus and her famous father Billy Ray as part of their comedy sketch.

The fundraising broadcast will also see Kylie Minogue joining forces with the cast of hit BBC sitcom Ghosts in a one-off sketch, while Jack Whitehall will participate in a game of mini golf with footballers Declan Rice and Mason Mount.

Read our Comic Relief blog below for the latest news…

  • Joseph Gamp

    What's the difference between Red Nose Day and Comic Relief?

    Comic Relief is a charity that 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.

    Or you can just purchase a Red Nose or other merchandise from the Comic Relief website.

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    Comic Relief's annual fundraiser has raised £1.4billion over 35 years!

    Comic Relief's celebrity-packed fundraiser has raised £1.4billion over 35 years for people living in poverty.

    Now that's worth getting involved for!

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    French & Saunders on poking fun at The Repair Shop

    Jennifer Saunders said of tonight's sketch: "Well, the weird thing is, I watch The Repair Shop constantly.

    "I watch it and always think it's very rare that programmes nowadays become universal, because there's so much streaming and people don't always watch the same thing at the same time, but a bit like Bake Off did, The Repair Shop has become a universally watched show that people love and love it so passionately.

    "And so I watch it, my whole family watches it, I know Dawn watches it, everyone I know knows about The Repair Shop. We'd literally in our heads already written it without even knowing we were going to do it."

    French added: "I think it's a little bit of kismet, because we were talking about The Repair Shop and in the most politest and respectful of tones we would always say 'begging for it'.

    "Which means we belong in that somehow, we belong in a parody of that."

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    Kylie pulls out after positive Covid test

    Unfortunately, Kylie Minogue will NOT appear during Comic Relief after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The pop superstar, 53, said she was "so sorry" to miss the annual charity broadcast but she had been recovering from the virus.

    She was due to appear in a sketch with the cast of BBC comedy Ghosts, which stars Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe.

    However, she encouraged fans to join her in watching the coverage on TV from home.

    It came after comedian Joel Dommett was forced to pull out of presenting late-night show The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon alongside AJ Odudu after also testing positive.

    He will be replaced by TV star Vernon Kay.

    Minogue tweeted: "So sorry to miss my planned visit to #BBCGhosts Button House for #ComicRelief2022 as I've been recovering from Covid. I WILL, however, be watching @BBCOne 7pm Friday to see what fun @comicrelief has in store for us! Don't forget to tune in & support the incredible work they do!"

    Get well soon Kylie!

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    French and Saunders to perform Repair Shop spoof sketch

    Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders poke fun at The Repair Shop host Jay Blades in a comedy sketch for Red Nose Day.

    The duo reprise their roles as The Extras – two perpetually overacting film extras – from their BBC sketch show in a bid to get a free fix from Blades and his team of skilled craftspeople.

    Dame Judi Dench also stars in the skit.

    A short clip shows the pair struggling to hold back their laughter as they profess their love for the programme and ask Blades to sort a repair.

    "Don't get silly about it," French warns her co-star as she giggles.

    However, the special instalment ends with the comedians being ejected by the furniture restorer and TV presenter.

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    What time does the Red Nose fun begin?

    The main show will be broadcast from the BBC studios in Salford for the first time with Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders among the stars taking part.

    Jack Whitehall will also participate in a game of mini-golf with footballers Declan Rice and Mason Mount.

    The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon airs on BBC One and iPlayer at 10.35pm on Friday with The Red Nose Day Comic Relief TV special broadcasting from 7pm

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    Joel Dommett replaced by Vernon Kay

    Comedian Joel Dommett, who also hosts ITV's The Masked Singer, was forced to pull out of presenting late-night show The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon alongside AJ Odudu after also returning a positive test.

    He will be replaced by TV star Vernon Kay on the night.

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    Zoe Ball pulls out of Red Nose Day due to Covid

    Zoe Ball has become the latest famous name to drop out of the Red Nose Day broadcast after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The radio and TV presenter, 51, was due to be part of Friday night's star-studded presenting line-up, alongside Sir Lenny Henry, David Tennant and Paddy McGuinness.

    However, she said Alesha Dixon would be working a "double shift" to cover her absence.

    TV presenter Joel Dommett and pop superstar Kylie Minogue have both also had to pull out of the event after positive Covid tests.

    Ball said on Twitter on Friday morning: "Pook ! fell at last hurdle and have had positive lat flows this am – noooooooo – gorgeous @AleshaOfficial is going to work the double shift tonight on @ComicRelief, i owe you lady love – good luck to A, Lenny, David, Paddy, AJ, Vernon, & the @comicrelief gang."

    In a second tweet, she said: "There are so many brilliant treats in store tonight.

    "i'll be watching & supporting from bed (probably in full make up, outfit, heels and all) might invite @joeldommett over #sickbay COMIC RELIEF @BBCOne 7pm #rednoseday."

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