Comic Relief 2019: What time does Comic Relief 2019 start tonight?

Today (Friday, March 15) is Red Nose Day and that means Comic Relief airs tonight on the BBC. Comic Relief was first founded in 1985 and is still going strong to this day, raising money for charities in the UK and abroad. Since Comic Relief and Sports Relief was launched over 30 years ago, an excess of £1 billion has been raised. 

What time does Comic Relief 2019 start tonight?

Comic Relief 2019 kicks off at 7pm on BBC One tonight (Friday, March 15).

The live TV telethon airs from 7-10pm on BBC One and moves to BBC Two from 10-10.35pm.

Comic Relief then moves back to BBC One at 10.35pm, finishing at 00.30am on the channel.

You can watch Comic Relief 2019 on the BBC as it airs on TV or you can stream it live via the BBC iPlayer.


What will happen on Comic Relief 2019?

Comic Relief 2019 is split into three parts across the BBC tonight (Friday, March 15).

From 7pm until 10pm on BBC One, the segment will be hosted by:

  • Comedian Lenny Henry
  • Actor David Tennant
  • presenter and radio host Zoe Ball
  • Presenter Emma Willis
  • Comedian Romesh Ranganathan
  • Comedian Paddy McGuinness
  • Signer and talent judge Alesha Dixon

The series will feature some hilarious sketches including Only Fools and Horses: The Musical and Jennifer Saunders’ Mamma Mia: Here We Go Yet Again.

Hugh Grant will reprise his role as Charles in One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, a sequel to the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Speaking on Saturday Kitchen last week, comic-relief co-founder Richard Curtis said: “I think there’ll be three laughs and two tears.

“It’s 25 years since the film came out, and I was never going to follow it up. And then it did just occur to us that the characters in the movie would have children so they might be back in the wedding phase again.

“Without revealing too much, we have another wedding and a reception after the wedding, and all the characters came back.”

Richard Madden also returns to Bodyguard as Sergeant David Budd in a Red Nose Day sketch where he will have to protect the Red Nose.

From 10pm until 10.35pm on BBC Two, Comic Relief Does University Challenge will air.

Taking part in the quiz show are Darren Harriott, Luisa Omielan, Vick Hope, Robert Rinder, Kerry Godliman, Jason Manford and Martin Freeman.

Comic Relief Does University Challenge will be hosted by comedian and novelist David Baddiel.

Back on BBC One from 10.35pm until 12.30am, Lenny Henry, Clara Amfo, Rob Beckett and Joe Sugg will host the final segment of Comic Relief.

The final section of Comic Relief will feature Alan Partridge on the streets of Norwich trying to raise money for Comic Relief.

There will also be Mrs Brown Boys special and a live performance from the cast of Magic Mike.

How to donate to Comic Relief

During Comic Relief, celebrities will be manning the phones to take your donation.

To call and make a donation to Comic Relief today, the number to call is 03457 910 910 9 (standard charges apply).

You can also donate via Comic Relief’s website now.

Celebrities have already started to raise money for Comic Relief over the past few weeks.

Strictly Come Dancing shots Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman did an all-night danceathon challenge, raising over £1million.

Radio 1 hosts Scott Mills and Chris Stark participated in a 27-hour LOLathon challenge, raising £250,000.

Stars including Dani Dyer, Shirley Ballas, Ed Balls, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Dan Walker, Anita Rani, Alexander Armstrong and Osi Umenyiora try to climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief.

Comic Relief 2019 starts tonight at 7pm on BBC One