Classic Red Nose Day: Jackpotjoy’s Comic Relief TV Takeover
Some Classic Comic Relief TV Sketches
This year Comic Relief celebrates its 25th anniversary. That’s 25 years of live comedy mayhem, knockout A-list cameos, often surreal TV show takeovers, and saying pants to poverty. Hijacking successful BBC, ITV and Channel 4 shows has become a Red Nose Day habit that’s hard to break – who doesn’t want to see their favourite shows sent up?
And the stars of the shows themselves love nothing better than the chance to play it for laughs, especially when the show’s as much of a miseryfest as Eastenders. Whether they’re Singing in the Rain round Albert Square, or tackling serious issues through their storylines, Eastenders and Comic Relief have always maintained a strong partnership.
This year pint-sized Eastender Babs Windsor, in her new role as Jackpotjoy Bingo Queen, is doing her bit. The no-nonsense Walford landlady learnt kung fu for a hilarious ad for Jackpotjoy’s new official Red Nose Day bingo game. Performing all her own stunts at age 75, you’re never too old to kick butt for Comic Relief.
Eastenders is just one of many shows that Red Nose Day has helped turn on its head over the years. We’ve been rummaging through the vaults to dig up some more classic Comic Relief takeovers, and here are some of our favourites.
Men Behaving Very Badly Indeed
Voted the best sitcom in the BBC’s history at BBC’s 60th anniversary celebrations in 1996, it was one of the most popular shows on the box when Comic Relief came to town in 1997. Like a toned down Bottom for the New Lad generation, it’s hard to imagine the show still being voted the best in history in 2013.
Kylie Minogue and Naughty Hair
This Comic Relief sketch sums up everything that made the show a success, with bumbling Gary and slovenly Tony trying their best to come to terms with the fact that Kylie Minogue’s just shown up at their door.
Another sketch from 1997 sees Father Ted and Dougal pay a visit from Craggy Island. This time its Father Ted’s turn to takeover Red Nose Day, the pair hosting a couple of sections of the show, despite being from a rival channel.
We Miss Dermot
While the comedy stylings of Red Nose Day can be somewhat hit and miss, Dermot Morgan and Ardal O’Hanlon dekiver comedy gold in spades. For those of us who’ve watched every Father Ted episode ten times over, this sketch is a rare treat; almost an extra episode in itself.
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years
Red Nose Day had a very special sketch up its sleeve for its telly debut. In 1988, Comic Relief took over Blackadder, for a hilarious single episode. Rowan Atkinson returned to the screen to play Sir Edmund, with Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, and a typically hilarious Stephen Fry as Charles.
Not Bit Comedy, Just Brilliant Comedy
It may only be 15-minutes long, buts its amazing how much this classic sketch packs in. Just as much wit, character, plot and sharp dialogue as you’ll find in any of the full length Elton-Curtis vehicles.