Host of celebrities set to join Comic Relief’s Big Chat with Graham Norton on BBC Three

David Walliams swam the Thames, John Bishop endured a week of hell and Eddie Izzard ran marathon after marathon after marathon. I am hoping to join this elite group of celebrity fundraisers by doing what I do best – sitting on my backside and talking.”Graham Norton
Date: 20.02.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: BBC Three
BBC Three today confirms a star-studded line-up of guests and performers for Comic Relief’s Big Chat with Graham Norton.

At 7pm on Thursday 7 March, Graham will be taking over BBC Three for the whole night to host the biggest chat show ever, which will last into the early hours of Friday morning as he attempts to set the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Questions Asked on a TV Chat Show’ - all in aid of Comic Relief.

Graham says: “David Walliams swam the Thames, John Bishop endured a week of hell and Eddie Izzard ran marathon after marathon after marathon. I am hoping to join this elite group of celebrity fundraisers by doing what I do best – sitting on my backside and talking.”

Guests who will be joining Graham in the studio include: Ronnie Corbett; Sarah Millican; Martin Freeman; Jimmy Carr; Lee Mack; Keith Lemon; James Nesbitt; Paddy McGuinness; Louis Smith; Aston from JLS; Got To Dance Judges Ashley Banjo and Kimberley Wyatt; Warwick Davis; Alex Jones and Steve Jones; Russell Tovey; and Kirstie Allsopp. Plus musical performances will include Example, Paloma Faith, Hurts and Laura Mvula.

In order to cope with the galaxy of stars in the studio, Graham will be assisted throughout the evening by a number of co-hosts; from chat-show veterans such as Sir Terry Wogan and Frank Skinner to BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter Nick Grimshaw, the co-hosts will ensure Graham remains on track to hopefully smash the world record and raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief.

In addition to all this, Greg James will be on-hand all night hosting the Big Chat Backstage Party, making sure that the guests are well looked after before they come into the studio for their interviews with Graham.

Viewers will be able to help Graham raise money for Comic Relief, by choosing to give either £5 or £10 and then texting FIVE or TEN to 70510. They can also help Graham break the world record by submitting questions for him to ask his guests via Twitter (@bbcthree #bigchat) or by visiting the BBC Three Facebook page (facebook.com/bbcthree)

Notes to editors

Viewers can choose to donate five or ten pounds by texting FIVE or TEN to 70510. Texts cost £5 or £10 plus standard message rates. 100 per cent of every donation will go to Comic Relief. Text donors must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission.

Viewers can get involved by asking questions via Twitter (@bbcthree #bigchat) or they can send questions in via the BBC Three Facebook page (facebook.com/bbcthree).

About Comic Relief and Red Nose Day

  • Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15 March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money
  • Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa
  • Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief. The idea was simple Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need. Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m
  • This year, 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m and helped to change lives both in the UK and Africa
  • Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

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