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Red Nose Day 2015

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Red Nose Day 2015:
Face the Funny
Presented byLenny Henry
Davina McCall
David Walliams
John Bishop
Claudia Winkleman
Sarah Millican
Russell Brand
Jo Brand
Greg James
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerRichard Curtis
Production locationLondon Palladium
Camera setupMultiple
Running time7 hours (420 minutes)
Original networkBBC One, BBC Two
Picture format16:9
Original release13 March –
14 March 2015 (2015-03-14)
Preceded byRed Nose Day 2013
Followed byRed Nose Day 2017
Related showsThe Great British Bake Off
Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief
The People's Strictly for Comic Relief
External links

Red Nose Day 2015 was a fund-raising event organised by Comic Relief, broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Two from the evening of 13 March 2015 to early the following morning. It was part of the "Face the Funny" campaign. It was held on Friday 13 March till Saturday 14 March 2015, from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am on BBC One.

Following the closure of BBC Television Centre in 2013, Comic Relief has had to look for new locations to hold the annual telethons as they were previously filmed live from Studio One. Sport Relief 2014 was the first telethon not filmed at Television Centre but at the Copper Box in London's Olympic Park. As a result, Red Nose Day 2015 was broadcast live, for the first time in its history, from the heart of London in its most prestigious theatre, the London Palladium.


After 30 years of Comic Relief, the overall total[clarification needed] stands at £1,047,000,000.

Before main event


Operation Health

A team of celebrities supporting local residents will transform a run-down clinic in eastern Uganda into a fully functioning healthcare facility. The entire story of Comic Relief's brand-new, ambitious and life-changing project Operation Health is finally coming to TV screens across the country. Celebrities who took part included: Lenny Henry, Richard Hammond, Doon Mackichan, Anita Rani, John Bishop, Steve Backshall, and Dermot O'Leary.

Television and Radio

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off

The Bake Off returned for a four-part series on Wednesday 11 February at 8pm on BBC One. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges whilst Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Jo Brand and Ed Byrne each hosted one of the four episodes.

The episode line up was as follows:

  Star Baker
Episode No. Guest host Signature Challenge Technical Challenge Showstopper Challenge Contestants Airdate Viewers
1 Sue Perkins Giant Cookie or Biscuit 12 Mini Fruit Tarts Tiered Chocolate Cake Dame Edna Everage 11 February 2015 (2015-02-11) 7.75
Joanna Lumley
Jennifer Saunders
2 Mel Giedroyc 24 cupcakes 20 profiteroles Marble "Building" Cake Jonathan Ross 18 February 2015 (2015-02-18) 8.39
Zoe Sugg
Gok Wan
Abbey Clancy
3 Jo Brand 24 Shortbread 6 Mini Pork Pies Triple-tiered Pavlova Sarah Brown 25 February 2015 (2015-02-25)
David Mitchell
Michael Sheen
Jameela Jamil
4 Ed Byrne Tray Bake 12 Crumpets Vegetable Self Portrait Cake Alexa Chung 4 March 2015 (2015-03-04)
Victoria Wood
Chris Moyles
Kayvan Novak

Jo Brand hosted a special edition of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Friday 13 March at 10pm on BBC Two in which the four star bakers competed for the title of Ultimate Star Baker. Mary Berry crowned Victoria Wood as the winner.

Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief

Starting on Sunday 1 March 2015, Gabby Logan hosted a week-long darts competition that aired on BBC Two in which a group of celebrities teamed up with professional darts players and went head to head in a winner-take-all tournament. There were four quarter finals. After five rounds of darts the winner was announced. Then the semi-finals were held, followed by the two winning duos facing off in the final round.

The celebrity and professional partnerships were as follows:

Celebrity Known for Professional partner
Bob Mortimer Vic and Bob Andy Fordham
Lee Mack Not Going Out comedian & actor Martin Adams
Liza Tarbuck Actress, TV & radio presenter Bobby George
Martin Offiah former professional rugby league footballer Anastasia Dobromyslova
Richard Osman Pointless presenter Deta Hedman
Roisin Conaty Comedian Richie George
Sean Lock Comedian Ted Hankey
Tim Vine Not Going Out comedian Darryl Fitton

The People's Strictly

Starting on Wednesday 25 February 2015, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted the first ever Strictly Come Dancing that was open to members of the public. Airing on Wednesday nights at 9pm, the first two episodes showed the six nominated members of the public finding out they had won a place on the show, followed by their training in ballroom dancing. On Wednesday 11 March at 9pm, all six couples will perform[timeframe?] live, with the winner being crowned on Red Nose Day Night, Friday 13 March 2015. The judging panel consists of Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Anton Du Beke. It was announced on Red Nose Day Night that Cassidy Little and Natalie Lowe had won the first 'The People's Strictly'.

The Graham Norton Show

On Friday 6 March at 10:35pm on BBC One, Graham Norton hosted a special Comic Relief edition of The Graham Norton Show to celebrate 30 years of Comic Relief. His guests were past and present contributors to Comic Relief: Jennifer Saunders, David Walliams, Cheryl Cole, Jack Dee and Johnny Vegas. During the programme they showed an exclusive clip of the Little Britain Skit with Stephen Hawking as well as an appeal film in which David Walliams was reunited with a boy called Phillip whom he met whilst filming an appeal film for Sport Relief 2012.

Other events and popular culture


The first Comic Relief Danceathon was held on Sunday 8 March, where the public strutted their stuff for six hours and helped change lives. A host of stars will[timeframe?] lead the dancing including Caroline Flack, Davina McCall, Rufus Hound and host Claudia Winkleman at The SSE Arena, Wembley as the public took on[clarification needed] 12 different dance styles from Disco to West End musicals.

Dermot's Day of Dance

Dermot O'Leary danced non-stop for 24 hours to raise money for Red Nose Day 2015. He began at 19:20 on 12 March 2015, live during The One Show and finished at 19:20 on Red Nose Day 2015 on 13 March 2015. Dermot danced outside The One Show Studio at broadcasting house in a designated area with a dance floor, screens and DJ mixers. During the night he also moved inside to the One Show Studio, where a temporary dance floor had been created. During the challenge Dermot was only allowed breaks in order to go the toilet and to shower. During his challenge many famous faces came along to dance, support, perform and do a DJ set; these stars included: Ben Shephard (clips of Ben dancing with Dermot were shown on Good Morning Britain), Lenny Henry, Alex Jones, Matt Baker, Rufus Hound, Davina McCall, Claudia Winkleman, Jo Whiley, Edith Bowman, Nick Grimshaw, Ronan Keating, Tony Blackburn, Lauren Laverne, Holly Willoughby, Jamie Oliver, Little Mix, Kirstie Allsopp, Carol Kirkwood, Clean Bandit, Michael Ball, Caroline Flack, Laura Whitmore, Ashley Roberts, Blue, Zoë Ball, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Keith Lemon, Joey Essex, Fearne Cotton, Rastamouse, Twiggy, Bucks Fizz, Terry Wogan and Chris Evans. During the 24-hour dance-off, Dermot raised a total of £643,336.

Mark Watson's Comedy Marathon

From Friday 27 February until Saturday 28 February 2015, Mark Watson attempted to do stand-up comedy for 27 hours to raise money for Comic Relief. He completed his challenge late in the evening of 28 February 2015.

David Walliams book

David Walliams wrote a Children's Short Story for Comic Relief 2015 called The Queen's Orang-Utan selling at £4.99. All profits go to Comic Relief, as do all future sales of the book.[timeframe?]

Phoenix Nights Live

Phoenix Nights returned for the first time in fifteen years with a set of very special live shows in aid of Comic Relief. Reuniting the full original cast, the show ran for fifteen nights at Manchester Arena.

The multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed series followed the rise and fall of scheming club impresario Brian Potter and his band of loyal staff and regulars who will do just about anything to make his beloved Phoenix club a success despite all the odds being stacked against them. Peter Kay said "Comic Relief has always been close to my heart and I always try to think of something. I could think of no better way to raise money and have fun than getting everybody back together."

The show began its run on Saturday 31 January and finished on Monday 16 February.

Paddy McGuinness stated on The Jonathan Ross Show on 20 February that the total raised by the show was approximately £5 million. This total was later confirmed on Red Nose Day Night as being £5,031,146.47.

British industry

Rimmel London

Supermodel Kate Moss created a new lipstick for Comic Relief 2015 and showed it off in a spoof advert featuring David Walliams dressing up as some of the world's most famous supermodels.


Sainsbury's sold Red Nose Day 2015 official merchandise in all of their stores across the UK, as they have for over the past 15 years. By doing this, a total of £11,521,278 was raised.

TK Maxx

It was revealed on Red Nose Day Night that the employees and customers of TK Maxx raised a total of £4,064,106.


The employees and customers of Maltesers raised a total of £1,334,842.

Main event

Orlando Bloom made a special appearance during the main show, kissing both Davina McCall and David Walliams. Barbara Windsor appeared later in the show, kissing Walliams in the Royal Box. Made in Chelsea's Jamie Lang also appeared on the show.

During the main event the UK Government announced that they would match the money raised by UK schools up to £10 million.

Walliams successfully attempted to break the world record for 'Most Kisses Received in 30 Seconds' and beat the minimum number of kisses required to earn the world record by 5, receiving 55 kisses.


Time Presenters
19:00-20:05 Lenny Henry and Davina McCall
20:05-21:15 David Walliams and Davina McCall
21:15-22:00 John Bishop and Davina McCall
22:00-22:40 Jo Brand
22:40-00:00 Sarah Millican and Claudia Winkleman
00:00-01:15 Russell Brand and Claudia Winkleman
01:15-02:15 Greg James

Appeal films

It was announced on 3 March 2015 that Olivia Colman, Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, John Bishop, Dermot O'Leary and Lenny Henry would front the appeal films for the 2015 telethon.

Whilst filming his appeal films in Kenya, Dermot O'Leary was sleeping rough with three boys when a car swerved off the road and almost killed him and the three boys.

Film Name Issue Covered Description Presenter
David Reunites with Phillip Need for Education David Walliams reunites with a young man called Phillip whom he met in Kenya whilst filming a video appeal for Sport Relief 2012 David Walliams
Young Carers in the UK Young Carers Olivia Colman meets a young girl struggling to care for her mother Olivia Colman
24 Hours in Kenya Children on the Streets Dermot O'Leary spends 24 hours sleeping rough and following three boys in Kenya Dermot O'Leary
Refugees Refugees A group of refugees in Africa tell their story Peter Capaldi
Has Comic Relief made progress in 30 Years? Transparency of Donations Lenny Henry shows how your money has made a difference over the last 30 years Lenny Henry
Ebony meets Violet Children Struggles in Africa For the first time, a young British fundraiser travels to Africa and meets a young girl Ebony and hears her story Ebony
Florie & Angela Dementia Florie talks about her relationship with daughter Angela and explains how her husband isn't around but she is sure that he's fine. Angela then reveals that Florie's husband died of cancer and she forgets that he has died, meaning she must constantly explain what happened. None
Infant Mortality by Malaria Malaria John Bishop meets a father who lost his two eldest children to malaria and had to bury them in his garden John Bishop
Ebola Ebola Three volunteers who have fought Ebola explain the horrors of it Idris Elba
Rwanda Genocide Re-visit those affected by the genocide A woman called Esther is revisited to see how she has dealt with the devastating effect of the Rwandan genocide and how she's been helped by Comic Relief Paul Bradley
When I Grow Up... Need for Education Children want education but instead some are forced to work on a huge rubbish dump John Bishop
Children's Hospital Need more Hospitals Peter Capaldi visits a hospital and sees the need for more space and the heartbreaking story of one little boy who passes away Peter Capaldi
Solving Malaria Malaria David Tennant explains how Comic Relief has helped those affected by malaria David Tennant
The Ward Malaria The struggles of a children's ward to deal with malaria Peter Capaldi
Money in the UK Comic Relief in the UK How is your money spent in the UK? Davina McCall
Time Importance of Time Peter Capaldi talks about how time is one of the biggest challenges Peter Capaldi
One Time Syringe Stopping Syringe Problems John Bishop shows a syringe which can only be used once and then solves problems[clarification needed] John Bishop
Football Sport for Kids Trevor Noah looks at how activity clubs can help kids in Cape Town Trevor Noah
Mental Health in the UK Mental Health One young girl tells her story and how she and her mother both have struggled with mental health issues None

Sketches and features

Title Brief description Starring
Mr. Bean Mr. Bean returns to Comic Relief and causes havoc at a funeral Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller and Rebecca Front
David Walliams kisses record attempt David Walliams broke the new world record of number of kisses in 30 seconds. He was kissed 55 times. This challenge also saw him practice kissing with Orlando Bloom and Barbara Windsor David Walliams, Orlando Bloom and Barbara Windsor
Dermot's Day of Dance Dermot completes his 24-hour dance marathon by dancing down Regent Street and into the Palladium. He raised a total of £643,336. Dermot O'Leary
The People's Strictly Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announce the winners of the first People's Strictly Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman
The Vicar of Dibley Geraldine Kennedy (née Granger) returns and is interviewed to be the first woman to become a bishop Dawn French, Trevor Peacock and James Fleet, Emma Watson, Jennifer Saunders, Ruth Jones, Annette Crosbie, Maureen Lipman, Fiona Bruce and Richard Ayoade
Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights Live Highlights of Peter Kay's recent arena tour of his hit Channel 4 sitcom Phoenix Nights Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Neil Fitzmaurice, Paddy McGuinness, Steve Edge, Toby Foster, Archie Kelly, Janice Connolly, Bea Kelley, and Justin Moorhouse
Mr Khan Mr Khan from Citizen Khan appears live in the audience and speaks to Davina Adil Ray
Little Britain David Walliams stars as Wheelchair Carer Lou as he looks after a new patient—Professor Stephen Hawking David Walliams, Catherine Tate and Stephen Hawking
The Four Yorkshire Men Spoof In a re-imagining of Monty Python's Classic The Four Yorkshire Men Sketch, four Comic and Sport Relief heroes gather to compare their extreme challenges in a special live sketch Eddie Izzard, David Walliams, John Bishop and Davina McCall
The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice The four celebrity star bakers compete to be crowned Ultimate Comic Relief Baker Jo Brand, Mary Berry, Frank Skinner, Michael Sheen, Jennifer Saunders, Gok Wan and Victoria Wood
Who's Got What it takes to be a National Treasure Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart and Sheridan Smith sit on the judging panel as they decide the National Treasure of 2015. Shown in 2 parts Stephen Fry, Sheridan Smith, Miranda Hart, David Gandy, Cheryl Cole, Chuckle Brothers, David Walliams, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Corbett, Robbie Williams, Katie Price, Keith Harris, Thierry Henry, Dean Gaffney, Vanessa Feltz and Russell Brand
007: Behind the Bond In a special mockumentary, we go behind the scenes of the James Bond film franchise and find out who is the voice of James Bond Daniel Craig, Roger Moore, Rory Kinnear, Alan Carr, Sam Mendes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw
Live Stand Up Live stand-up sets from some of Britain's best comedians were seen throughout the night Lenny Henry, John Bishop, Sarah Millican, Trevor Noah and Doc Brown
Cardinal Burns Cardinal Burns perform comedy sketches Live! Sebastian Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns
No Direction Five comedians form a tribute band for the world's biggest boyband One Direction and give a live performance of their biggest hits, singing and dancing live. Patrick Kielty, Nick Helm, Johnny Vegas, Vic Reeves and Jack Dee
Catherine Tate A reshowing of the Classic 2007 Sketch, where Elaine Figgis dates Daniel Craig Catherine Tate and Daniel Craig
Toast of London Claudia takes issue with the voiceover man, Steven Toast, for announcing her name wrong. As a result, he becomes very angry with her. Matt Berry and Claudia Winkleman

Musical Performances

Artist Song Notes
Ella Henderson "Yours"
Sam Smith featuring John Legend "Lay Me Down" Official Comic Relief Single
Labrinth "Jealous"


Donation progress

Time Amount Notes
20:38 £7,041,802 One Year
21:42 £46,017,034 Two Years
23:57 £70,501,108 Lot of time
00:59 £78,082,988 Highest Total ever raised on the night
01:00 £1,047,083,706 Overall total over 30 years


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