The Lowdown on Red Nose Day


It’s that day full of big red noses again. No, not Christmas and Rudolph’s red nose, it’s March you doughnut. It’s Red Nose Day on the 24th March and it’s approaching more swiftly than you can say Dancer and Prancer. So the big questions are who’s doing what, where can you buy a red nose from, and of course about how you can donate! Here is a short guide to the big day that is so gloriously full of a different type of rouge that you might be used to.

What is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief. It comes around every two years and we Brits love it. With its mixture of comedy and moving documentaries, Red Nose Day is one of those times of the year where we can all make a difference to lives in Africa and the UK, helping those who are living in poverty and suffering injustice. It is one of those days in the calendar where it’s all about the wacky fundraising, putting on a big fat red nose and generally acting like absolute plonkers. Well, the sillier the better we say. Starting at 7.30pm and continuing right through to the rosy hours of 2.30am on the lovely BBC, you’ll enjoy all that fabulous British banter and seeing the fundraising total pile higher and higher towards the end of the night.

What to look out for on the program

  1. Mel and Sue

Oh Mel and Sue, we miss you already from ‘The Great British Bake Off’! Although I am intrigued to see what Noel Fielding will be like as a host (and if he’ll be wearing that Battenberg style coat that he was recently papped in.) At least we will get to see them for Red Nose Day’s ‘Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief’. You will see the likes of the naughty and wicked judge of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Craig Revel Horwood dancing his little toes off to the Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy’. I bet he was jolly doing that…

  1. Love Actually

Bloomin’ heck, ‘Love Actually’ came out in 2003 and it is well-worthy of a sequel. Enter Red Nose Day. Written by Richard Curtis, you’ll see heaps of the original cast including the very British and the very awkward Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley, heart-throb Colin Firth, mighty action man Liam Neeson and Rowan Atkinson. It’s a catch-up of the characters to see how they’re getting on after the original film was released. I do wonder how they feel post-Brexit and living in the Trump era.

  1. Graham Norton

Our Graham is one of my favourite humans on the telly. Friday nights just aren’t the same when Graham is off on holiday from the BBC chat show. Luckily for me (and for all of us of course) we have the beloved Graham making a comeback as he welcomes a bunch of guests to his incredibly long oversized sofa. We don’t know what stories will make it to the big red chair, but I bet the red nose will blend in nicely with Graham’s furnishings.


Where to buy Red Nose Day Merchandise

We all need a red nose on Red Nose Day, otherwise it would be like Christmas without a tree. Head to the official Red Nose Day merchandise page to get the long list of red goodies available to buy. Your local supermarket is always a good shout for all kinds of merchandise as well as the very busy and scrambling maze of TK Maxx.

The red noses are quite fancy now, coming in all different shapes and sizes, with some even dressed in Elton John-style glasses and go for only £1. There are T-shirts to buy with adorable animals wearing red noses for £9.99 or £14.99, and you can even buy aprons for £12.99, if you fancy a bit of Mary Berry inspired baking. The list is superbly endless.

The 24th March will be a right barrel of laughs. With the entertainment going on into the early hours, there will be a heap of acts to keep you going. Remember to donate generously on the official website or you can phone in on the night. Wear your red nose and wear it with pride my friend. You’ve got the power.