While we in the first world worry about global warming or asteroids wiping us out, those in the third world are just days, perhaps hours, away from dying for lack of clean water or vaccinations we take for granted. They’re not asking for much …
The entertainment bit …
Somebody overbooked so we’ve four panelists this week: Jennifer Saunders, Julian Clary, Tameka Empson and Miranda Hart. Two have done Strictly. Two haven’t. We’re looking at you, Jennifer and Miranda. Jennifer said she was auditioning for Head Judge, but we all knew it was a call to the producers for consideration.
Another Strictly alumnus comes grooving out first, as Alison Hammond becomes Missy Elliott with Get Your Freak On and is way too cool. There was actual proper dancing, as you’d expect. “I heard someone say Missy Elliott UK” – Tameka.
Gogglebox’s wine experts, Steph and Dom, were
King Charles Cher and Meat Loaf, scaring and entertaining Miranda and everyone else in equal measure. “I’d like to see it again but not sober” – Jennifer.
The One Show Reporters became various incarnations of Lady Gaga, who’s proving to be a go-to act for all singing and dancing reality shows these days. This time it was Born This Way and Iwan Thomas (another former Strictly contestant) is relishing his part a little too joyously. He’s definitely no vegan. “That is commitment to Comic Relief” – Miranda.
Little Mix’s Black Magic was the apt tune for magician Peter Firman and comedian Ellie Taylor, leaving Jennifer distracted by where the extra assistants came from “it’s a Magic Circle thing, we can’t say …” “My magic circle was twitching” – Julian.
Finally we had Sally Lindsay as Noddy Holder for Slade’s Cum On Feel The Noize, taking Jennifer back to the day. “So my era. Somewhere between Noddy Holder and a Diddy Man”.
It was The One Show Reporters who won the public vote, while the panel were deadlocked, two votes each for Alison and Sally. Sent back to the public vote, it was Alison who became the sixth finalist.
The point of it all bit …
Sara Cox is in Kenya, meeting Lorna, a counsellor for orphans. Funded by Comic Relief, 10 year old Godfrey is now enrolled in a bereavement support group, having lost both parents and then seen his house burn down. Join Sara on Monday for a 24hr 80s Danceathon. The music is on Radio 2 and she’ll be live on the red button.
Back in Uganda, Emeli Sande visits children suffering from severe pneumonia – preventable with vaccine – and sees four: Joffrey, Jeremiah, Caroline and Mohammed all sharing the same amount of oxygen normally given to just one. Sadly, Joffrey didn’t make it.
Vaccines cost just £5. Little more than a lunchtime meal deal. To donate £5, text GIVE to 70205. To donate £10, text GIVE 70210. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/rednoseday for the T&Cs.
The proper musical bits …
Anne Marie sings Ciao, Adios. Just when we were wondering what they’d done with all those spare Gold Penny wrappers from Quality Street.
The School of Rock shows the genuine delight and raw energy of kids letting their creative beasts loose.
The one-that-would’ve-won-it-so-they-didn’t-let-them-play bit …
Craig Revel Horwood is in his element in Blackpool with a Dance Mob and various comics, including a cameo from Spit the Dog. They’re all Happy.
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The final is at 6.55pm on BBC1 next Saturday night.