This year, Red Nose Day celebrates its 25th anniversary (how did it grow up so fast?), and to celebrate Comic Relief are planning the biggest one yet.
Over the years, Comic Relief has raised over £600million for charity, helping transform lives both in the UK and Africa. This year's Red Nose Day - on 15th March - hopes to raise more cash then ever. Details have just been annouced for some of the events planned. They include the world's biggest boyband, fashion royalty and a bald pop star. Here the five things we're looking forward to...
1. Stella McCartney’s T-Shirts
If rocking a plastic nose isn’t your style, you can show your support by wearing one of Stella McCartney’s range of special Red Nose Day t-shirts, featuring images of icons including Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles and Kate Moss. Celebs including Caroline Flack, Fearne Cotton and David are already sporting them. Each T-shirt has been manufactured in Africa using 100 per cent Fairtrade-certified organic cotton and are available to buy from TK Maxx nationwide, tkmaxx.com and rednoseday.com.
2. One Direction cover Blondie. Yes, really.
Random fact…the first ever Comic Relief single was Cliff Richard’s Living Doll. Since then, there’s been some brilliant ones (we’re looking at you the Spice Girls). And some less brilliant ones (*cough* Right Said Fred). This year, the UK’s biggest boy band are taking on one of our favourite acts of all time, Blondie, for a cover of One Way Or Another. We’ll admit it, we’re a little nervous. But also slightly intrigued. 1D go punk? This we need to see. The band will perform the single for the first time at this year’s BRIT awards on Wednesday 20th February. “Getting the chance to perform Blondie's song will be incredible. We're so excited!,” said Niall. Rumours that Harry will bleach his hair in tribute to Debbie Harry have yet to be confirmed.
3. Jessie J shaving her head
She’s famous for her super glossy mane…but Jessie J is shaving it all off in the name of charity. Her hair will be lopped down to 0.5mm live on TV on 15th March. The singer first mooted the idea of shaving her hair for charity back in 2011. “Shaving my head for charity is something I’ve promised to do for a long time and Comic Relief has given me the opportunity to try and raise as much money as possible for good causes by doing it. I won't deny that I'm nervous but I am also honoured to be part of this year's campaign."
4. The return of Fresh Meat
We can get enough of Channel 4’s brilliant sitcom Fresh Meat, so the news that the cast will be doing a special sketch for Comic Relief is very pleasing indeed. We’ll definitely part with our pennies to see Vod, JP and co back on screen. There will also be sketches from the cast of Call The Midwife and Rowan Atkinson.
5. Miss Piggy is back
She guest edited Grazia last year, and Miss Piggy is heading back to the UK in March to lend a hand at Comic Relief. She’ll be one of a team of Fun Raisers – also including Mary Berry, Jason Donovan and Keith Lemmon – specially appointed to encourage the nation to do something funny for money. And we know from experience… Miss Piggy is not a lady you mess with.