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Red Nose Day is Nearly Upon Us – Check Out the Line-Up!

It’s an odd-numbered year, which means something we’ve all been waiting is nearly upon us… Red Nose Day! And the line-up this year is truly stellar.

Red Nose Day, also called Comic Relief, is a whole evening dedicated to comedy in aid of raising money for various projects aimed at changing the lives of poor and disadvantaged people around the world.

The event happens every second year, alternating with Sports Relief, and this year falls on Friday 13 March, which is only a couple of days away!

One glittery name amongst the star-studded line-up is James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.

Mr Craig took a break from his busy schedule of making the new 007 film, Spectre, to film a one-off, special sketch for Comic Relief. But details of the spy skit are being kept truly top secret and under wraps, so if you’re after your Bond fix, you’re going to have to wait until next week!

This will be the second Comic Relief that Daniel Craig has performed for. Back in 2009, he played a spy who was dating Catherine Tate’s character Elaine Figgis, from The Catherine Tate Show.

You can also look forward to Professor Stephen Hawking appearing in a new Little Britain sketch, featuring David Walliams in a reprise of his role of carer Lou. Professor Hawking will be taking over from Matt Lucas, who portrayed wheelchair-bound Andy.

Of course, Professor Hawking isn’t the first person to cameo in Little Britain for Comic Relief. At the Hammersmith Apollo in 2006, Matt Lucas as Vicky Pollard was joined on stage by “Katie Pollard”, played by Kate Moss.

But Mr Bond and Professor Hawking are not the only names to be delighting us for Comic Relief in the hope of separating us from our cash.

Some old favourites will be brought back for special sketches during this year’s event. This means we will all get to enjoy Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean, Dawn French back as the Vicar of Dibley, and highlights from live Phoenix Nights shows from Peter Kay.

Fancy a bit of Monty Python? Then you might enjoy their famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch, reinvented on stage by David Walliams, Davina McCall, Eddie Izzard and John Bishop.

There will also be a competition to see who gets to be named National Treasure 2015. This will show an unlikely battle between Miranda Hart and Russel Brand, as well as Stephen Fry, Sheridan Smith, The Chuckle Brothers, David Gandy and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Other great acts Comic Relief has to offer will be the unveiling of The People’s Strictly winner, Dermot O’Leary (hopefully) finishing his 24-hour-long Day of Dance, and a Bake Off special over on BBC Two.

Of course, there will also be appeals and musical performances, and so much more!

Comic Relief – Face the Funny airs live from the London Palladium this Friday, 13 March, from 7pm on BBC One and Two.

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