We’re taking a look back down Comic Relief Memory Lane with some iconic Red Nose Day moments from the past thirty years of Red Nose Day:
Harry Potter and The Chamberpot of Azerbaijan – Red Nose Day 2003
At this time there were plenty of Harry Potter parodies around, (including a fantastic One by Alistair McGowan as a Louis Theroux version of Harry Potter-complete with Neil and Christine Hamilton as the Dursleys ). However, this French and Saunders parody is probably the best and most well remembered.
Highlights include a savage parody of Ron Weasley (who can only communicate in screams and random noises), a killer Alan Rickman parody (sinister looks, god I’m gorgeous!). My personal favourite scene was where all the actors sit around moaning about how they’re not in the film much…including the montage where it’s revealed that all Professor McGonagall ever really said in the films was ‘What’s the matter Harry?’ and ‘Sherbet Lemon’ .
The deadpan movie trailer-style narration, enhanced some of the best lines: ‘Coming up next…drama, intrigue, another wide shot of the great hall.’.
Flashdance Red Nose Day 2009
Now something of a legend, Robert Webb’s Flashdance for Red Nose Day’s Comedy Dance competition shocked and impressed the nation in equal measure! Readers of the acclaimed, How Not To Be A Boy (Robert Webb’s autobiography) will know what an important event this was to him. Ten years on, and it’s still brilliant!
Let’s Dance has created a lot of comic relief iconic moments, such as Tim Vine’s memorable ‘Justin Timberlake’ and Noel Fielding’s unforgettable ‘Wuthering Heights‘ .
Tim Vine Justin Timberlake
Noel Fielding Kate Bush
Blackadder Cavalier Years Red Nose Day 1988
Hurtling back in time to a forgotten classic-this was made for the first ever Red Nose Day! Blackadder and Baldrick are re-imagined in The Cavalier years! It’s probably a little Blackadder extra most people have forgotten was for Comic Relief!
Spirit In The Sky – Gareth Gates Featuring The Kumars -2003
There’s a long running comic relief tradition of musicians teaming up with comedians for novelty Red Nose Day singles. Such as, The Young Ones teaming up with Cliff Richard for ‘Living Doll‘. Here, back in 2003, The Kumars at No42 teamed up with Gareth Gates in perhaps the world’s most unlikely pairing! Along with the inspired choice of song-an Indian-style twist on ‘Spirit in the Sky’. It somehow worked, and even went all the way to number 1.
Ricky Gervais – One Love Kenya Red Nose Day 2007
What started out as what we all genuinely believed to be another harrowing film made by a celebrity, which (as we all know) are a prominent feature of Red Nose Day, quickly changed into a brilliant parody sketch. Ricky Gervais was (as usual) really pushing boundaries here in a sketch some might consider a bit outrageous, but love, or hate Gervais, the absolute nerve of this sketch is undeniably hilarious! Particularly when Jamie Oliver and Bob Geldof come along – after all, he’s got a new single to promote ‘I still don’t like mondays!’.
Uptown Downstairs Abbey Red Nose Day 2011
This time, French and Saunders took on Downtown Abbey, with an all star cast. Harry Enfield as the Earl of Grantham, Kim Cattrall as the countess of Grantham, with Tim Vine stepping into Dan Stevens’s shoes as Matthew. Simon Callow also absolutely nails an impression of Julian Fellows. The late, great, Victoria Wood also stars and even Olivia Coleman’s in it. Jennifer Saunders also does a cracking impression of the dowager too! It’s not to be missed!
Islands in the Stream – Nessa and Brynn – Red Nose Day 2009
In 2009, Gavin and Stacey’s, Nessa and Brynn, with a little help from Tom Jones, no less, got to number one with this cover of ‘Islands in the stream’.
In another Gavin and Stacey themed sketch, James Corden probably broke the Red Nose Day record for the most celebrities crammed into one sketch in 2011:
The New Statesman for Comic Relief – Red Nose Day 1988
In another sketch from the first ever Red Nose Day, we see the great Rik Mayall’s Alan B’Stard in a mini episode of The New Statesman. Here he conspires with Margaret Thatcher to close down the BBC. Look out for Chris Barrie’s voice over cameo at the end. If only we had such near the knuckle satire these days.
Vic and Bob – 75 pints one song – Red Nose Day 1995
In what many remember as one of Vic & Bob’s most iconic moments, they mess about attempting to sing ‘Without You’ while drinking 75 pints-they didn’t get very far…
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