What time is Red Nose Day 2024 on TV?

It’s the final edition for long-time host Lenny Henry

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Davina McCall, Joel Dommett, Paddy McGuinness, Sir Lenny Henry, Rosie Ramsey, Romesh Ranganathan, Maya Jama and David Tennant will all host Comic Relief 2024. (BBC)

Not long to go before Red Nose Day 2024 tickles our funny bones and pulls on our heartstrings, helping to raise money for a range of great causes all while making us laugh.

This year’s Comic Relief event marks a milestone turning point for its long-time compare Sir Lenny Henry as it’ll be his final stint as event host. Having fronted the popular live show since its inception in 1985, the iconic comic has decided to hang up his mic and hand things over to a new generation of talent to take this much-loved charity comedy show into the future.

However, before that happens, he’s still got one more Comic Relief to deliver and there’s plenty of fundraising fun planned for Red Nose Day 2024. Here’s everything you need to know.

When is Comic Relief 2024?

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2024 will mark Sir Lenny Henry's final stint as Comic Relief host. (BBC)

Red Nose Day 2024 will take place at 7pm on Friday 15 March, and will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer. It will be recorded live from Salford’s Media City UK and feature a variety of comedians, celebrity guests and musical acts.

As previously mentioned, Comic Relief 2024 will be Henry’s final time acting as host. Speaking of his decision to leave, the comedian explained: “When we first started Comic Relief back in 1985, I never dreamed we’d still be here today.

“I thought we’d probably do three shows and that would be it, but fast-forward nearly 40 years, and that enthusiasm and determination to step up and help others has never wavered. As life president of Comic Relief, I’m excited to see some new and familiar faces come forward now to present the big night and lead us into the next chapter.”

Who is hosting Red Nose Day 2024?

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Davina McCall will also host during the night. (BBC)

Red Nose Day 2024 will feature a range of hosts, with Sir Lenny Henry fronting the programme for the final time after a whopping 39-year stint, having joined the programme during its inception back in 1985.

He’ll be joined by fellow hosts David Tennant, Joel Dommett, Davina McCall, Romesh Ranganathan and Paddy McGuiness, with Maya Jama and Rosie Ramsay making their Red Nose Day debut.

What is on TV during Red Nose Day 2024?

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An all-star cast joins spoof short film The Traitors: The Movie. (BBC)

Red Nose Day is known for its ability to bring together big-name guests for one-off sketches and programmes, all in the name of charity - and Red Nose Day 2024 will be no different.

During this year’s three-hour event, Alan Partridge will stop by to deliver a special edition of his radio show with an equally special mystery guest. Red Nose Day icons French and Saunders will also return to the show to deliver a new Red Nose Day message, with darts player Luke Littler, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis and the Gladiators also set to appear throughout the night.

The cast of famous TV shows will also appear in a new sketch looking to find Henry’s replacement.

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Who will be names as Sir Lenny Henry's replacement? (BBC)

Red Nose Day 2024 will also feature a host of sketches and even a parody film poking fun at The Traitors. The latter will feature Suranne Jones, Catherine Tate, Jonathan Bailey and Sally Phillips in the spoof short The Traitors: The Movie.

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The Traitors: The Movie will air as part of Comic Relief 2024. (BBC)

Asim Chaudhry, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, David Walliams and Iain Stirling will also guest star in this one-off, with real-life Traitors star Molly Pearce also set to make an appearance.

Henry’s extended tenure with the show will be celebrated in Comic Relief: A Whole Lotta Lenny, an hour-long exploration of his time working with Red Nose Day.

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Blue Peter turns red for Comic Relief 2024. (BBC)

After debuting at last year’s event, Blue Peter turns red for Comic Relief special Red Peter, with comedian and actor Lenny Rush helping kids to get ready for bed by reading a new Cbeebies Bedtime Story, Not Now Bernard by David McKee.

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Lenny Rush reads a Cbeebies Bedtime Story during Comic Relief 2024. (BBC)

All of this entertainment will be interspersed by appeal films encouraging viewers to donate as much or as little as they can to help people facing poverty and injustice around the world.

Comic Relief 2024 takes place live on Friday 15 March on BBC One and iPlayer.