The BBC has announced a special programme for BBC Two hosted by Rob Brydon celebrating the best of musical themed sketches and performances created for Comic Relief.
Rob Brydon’s Now That’s What I Call Comic Relief (1x45'), takes a deep dive into some of the most memorable and iconic musical moments throughout Comic Relief’s history.
Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, George Michael, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John – just a few of the musicians who have tuned up their tonsils for Comic Relief. Sometimes they sang, sometimes they were sent up and sometimes they were sent up while they sang.
Richard Curtis, Comic Relief co-founder, said: “Comic Relief has been incredibly lucky over the years to have had the support of some of the biggest musicians in the world; with 14 number one singles - from Sir Cliff Richard and the Young Ones through to Peter Kay & Tony Christie, right on to One Direction. But also, musicians have been immensely game to be part of the comedy - and some of our funniest moments have featured musicians - from George Michael in the very first Carpool Karaoke with James Corden to Coldplay’s bizarre but brilliant musical of Game of Thrones.
“Narrated by Rob Brydon - out-sung by Sir Tom Jones on another Number 1, Barry Islands in the Stream - Rob Brydon’s Now That’s What I Call Comic Relief is going to be tuneful, moving and more than anything, a very funny skip through 35 years of Comic Relief meeting music - a night of music, laughter and nostalgia for the whole family to enjoy."
Jo Wallace, Acting Controller Entertainment Commissioning, added: “Since its very first broadcast in 1985, some of the world’s finest musicians have supported Comic Relief and helped to raise money to support those living incredibly tough lives. We’re so thrilled to be able to take a look back and reminisce on some of the most memorable, funniest and emotional musical moments from through the years.”
Rob Brydon’s Now That’s What I Call Comic Relief will air on Thursday 18 March at 10pm on BBC Two.