We’re jumping way forward in time now, for a tape from 2001, and Comic Relief. This is the second part of the telethon. No doubt part One is coming up. Let’s see what’s here.
We start with a panel show already in progress, hosted by Angus Deayton
Featuring, direct from yesterday, the lovely Stephen Fry.
Roisin Murphy of Moloko
and Nick Hancock.
So it’s They Think It’s All Over versus Never Mind the Buzzcocks crossed with Have I got News For You. Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over in fact.
There’s a ‘feel the politician’ featuring Roy Hattersley.
This was actually the BBC2 portion of the night’s broadcast, and it’s followed by a trailer for Dreem Teem Presents and a trailer for Monday Night Comedy.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th March 2001 – 22:00
After this, recording switches back to BBC1 for the main show. Jonathan Ross is in the presenter’s chair.
There’s the announcement of the winner of Celebrity Big Brother – a one-off for Comic Relief at that time, won by Jack Dee.
There’s a piece from Alan Partridge
featuring his friend Michael (Simon Greenall).
Also appearing, Peter Kay (as Tony Moloney)
There’s a Smack the Pony sketch
Sally Phillips is going to marry the highest bidder
The Actor Kevin Eldon is there to marry the lucky couple.
Ali G meets Posh & Becks
There’s a bizarre Vic and Bob piece where Charlie from Eastenders (I think) has to feed greek snacks to a St Bernard dog on the end of a stick of celery sticking out of her bum. I’m not making this up.
I slightly get the impression, mostly from Vic Reeves’ unshaven leather jacketed look, that this might not have been something they spent much time on.
At this stage of the evening, they’re amazed that the website has raised £250,000. I wonder what the typical breakdown of online. phone pledges and texting is these days? I bet texting is a huge proportion now.
There’s a Gimme Gimme Gimme special edition
BBC Genome: BBC One – 16th March 2001 – 22:35
The next presenters are David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, doing an Unplanned section.
As part of it, David Baddiel has his beard shaved off by Nicky Clarke, and Melinda Messenger draws all over Frank Skinner’s face.
After this, a contribution from the Goodness Gracious Me team, Meera Syal and Kulvinder Ghir present a link from Delhi.
Nina Wadia talks to Phill Jupitus outside TVC.
Sanjeev Bhaskar plays the Guru, in a bath with Sam Fox.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 16th March 2001 – 23:45
After this, it’s time for Graham Norton, making an entrance accompanied by Yes Brazil.
His first guest is Sarah Ferguson (still the Duchess of York at this time).
There’s a bit of Rock Profiles, including Matt Lucas blacking up as Prince. Hmm.
Not to be outdone, David Walliams does Craig David. 2001, ladies and gentlemen.
There’s an appearance by The League of Gentlemen
The Celebrity Big Brother Housemates
There’s a special edition of Marion and Geoff.
Incidentally, the scrolling caption at the bottom is thanking all the companies that helped get the comic relief website working, and able to handle donations online, and I can’t help wondering if ‘Wordplay’ is a misspelling of ‘Worldpay’.
They sign off with a performance of Reach by S Club 8 (including Graham Norton) then the show signs off.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 17th March 2001 – 00:15
Then, Dermot O’Leary and Cat Deeley present a compilation of the Top 50 sweaty bits.
Including a random appearance by a Cyberman
The tape runs out before the top 50 finishes.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 17th March 2001 – 01:30