Whizz Kid Entertainment

Whizz Kid Entertainment is a high-profile established independent production company based in the heart of London. It is jointly owned by Ingenious Capital Management Ltd and founder and CEO Malcolm Gerrie.

The company is trusted producer of prime-time entertainment in a range of genres for all the major UK broadcasters and enjoys an enviable track record in format origination, high-quality output and access to major talent.

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Let’s Dance for Sport Relief returns with Steve Jones and Alex Jones

The BBC today announces the return of dance extravaganza Let’s Dance for Sport Relief to BBC One. Hosted once again by Steve Jones and Alex Jones, the 5 x 80 minute glitter-fuelled extravaganza series will follow 20 sparkly celebrity acts from the worlds of TV, comedy and sport as they perform in the hope of winning votes and being crowned champion of the dance floor.

Last series, Emmerdale’s James Thornton and comedian Charlie Baker proved a toe tapping hit with the viewers, beating the likes of Noel Fielding, Russell Kane, Katie Price and Lulu to be voted winners of one of the most coveted trophies in the dancing world. Who will win over the viewers this year with their hip wiggling routine?

The series will run over five consecutive Saturday nights, comprising four heats and culminating in a final dance-off spectacular ahead of 2012’s big Sport Relief night.

Alex Jones said: “I am so excited to be back on such a great show with the fabulous Steve Jones. After my time on Strictly I am only sorry that it won’t be me dancing the night away!”

Steve Jones said: “The BBC, Let’s Dance, and Alex Jones…..Three of my favourite things. I couldn’t ask for a better show to come home to…I can’t wait!”

Jo Wallace, Executive Editor Comedy Entertainment, said “I am delighted that Alex and Steve will both be coming back to host Let’s Dance for Sport Relief. Following on from Charlie and James’s fantastic winning routine last year; I can’t wait to see the celebrities taking part this year light up our screens on a Saturday night. It’s entertainment at its best, with the whole family able to sit around the television and pick their favourite.

Malcolm Gerrie, Executive Producer for Whizz Kid Entertainment said: ‘”We are proud to have raised so much money for Comic Relief to date and we’ll be pulling out all the stops this series to wow BBC One viewers with more of the UK’s top talent performing like you’ve never seen them before. Steve and Alex are a great double act and it’s fantastic that we have them back together again.”

Kevin Cahill, CEO of Comic Relief said: “We are delighted that Let’s Dance for Sport Relief is back for 2012. Following a wonderful fundraising total for Red Nose Day this year, we’re confident that once again viewers will go the extra mile and help raise a life changing amount of money for people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and across the world.”

Let’s Dance for Sport Relief is produced for the BBC by Whizz Kid Entertainment. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Jo Wallace and the Executive Producers for Whizz Kid Entertainment are Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Barbara Lee.

 

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Whizz Kid to Produce “Turner Prize” for Channel 4

Channel 4 is marking its 20-year association with the Turner Prize by increasing its programming and sponsoring the Prize fund. The broadcaster has commissioning a dedicated half-hour programme from Whizz Kid Entertainment featuring the live announcement of the winner from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

plus an hour-long documentary from Illuminations charting the highs and lows of Britain’s most famous contemporary art prize, for More4.

A series of short films about the shortlisted artists will feature on Channel 4 as part of Random Acts, the late-night short form arts strand launched in September. The films will be produced by Tate Media. Tabitha Jackson, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Arts, said: “I’m delighted that we are marking our 20 year association with the Turner Prize by restating and increasing our commitment to the Prize, to our partnership with the Tate, and to the vibrant state of contemporary art in this country. The Turner Prize is both esteemed and controversial – a perfect fit for Channel 4.”

Whizz Kid Entertainment will produce the half-hour programme live from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. The programme will be hosted by Lauren Laverne who will be joined by a panel of special guests. The programme will feature interviews with the nominated artists, the announcement of winner as it happens as well as reactions and discussion from the panel.

Channel 4 has also commissioned Illuminations to make a one-hour programme about the history of the prize, presented by surreal comedian and artist Vic Reeves and featuring interviews with artists Grayson Perry and Cornelia Parker plus critics including Tim Marlow and Brian Sewell.

About the More4 Turner Prize Show (w/t)
In 1991 Channel 4 resurrected The Turner Prize and devoted primetime television to the award. Contemporary art broke out of the gallery and crashed in the British living room. Vic Reeves, himself a painter, interviews artists and critics and looks back at the highs and lows of 20 years of Turner Prize coverage – the controversy, the shock and the outrage – as well as its impact on the British public’s appreciation and appetite for art.. What’s the fuss been about? Has it been all bad? And why hasn’t he ever been nominated?

Producer / director: Linda Zuck

About the Turner Prize
The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 4 April 2011. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.

Contact: Justine Bower jbower@channel4.co.uk 020 7306 8427

 

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Whizz Kid Entertainment to produce the very best of Bestival, live and in 3D for Sky Arts

Whizz Kid Entertainment is delighted to announce that it will be working with Sky and Bestival to produce BESTIVAL in 3D.

In 2010, WKE produced Camp Bestival for Sky Arts and is excited to be building on that relationship and taking the show to a new level by shooting it in 3D.

Sky Arts and Sky 3D will broadcast exclusive coverage of the festival over the three days.

Bestival won BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL at the UK Festival Awards in 2010 and this year is staged once again on the Isle of Wight from 8th-11th September.

WKE will be producing 6 hours of live coverage over the three show days (2 hours per day) 9th, 10th & 11th, and producing a 90 minute ‘best of’ for Sky One.

The festival’s headline acts include Pendulum, The Cure, Brian Wilson, Primal Scream and Robyn. Malcolm Gerrie, Chief Executive, Whizz Kid Entertainment, says: “Bestival has re-written the rule book in staging what is probably the most unique event in the festival diary and these three glorious days of music, mischief and merriment affords a fabulous opportunity to create landmark television. Add 3D to this mix and you have the perfect end to a hot summer of festival fun on Sky Arts.”

Rob da Bank; Promoter says: ‘Its amazing to be part of the world’s first 3D TV festival extravaganza on Sky. Bestival in 3D will be a mindblowing explosion of colour and multi dimensional music and mayhem and it’s great to be working with Whizz Kid again to bring this to life. Having Camp Bestival too as part of the Sky festival season means we’ve got a great summer of programming ahead” Notes to Editors:

Whizz Kid Entertainment was launched in 2006 and is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and former Initial founder and CEO Malcolm Gerrie. The company was created to produce top quality programmes across a wide-range of genres including Entertainment; Factual Entertainment; Events and Music and has experienced in-house specialists in each field.

Whizz Kid Entertainment has secured a raft of commissions including Let’s Dance for …Comic Relief/ Sport Relief (BBC1), U2 on YouTube (YouTube), Being…N-Dubz (Channel 4), Elton’s New Year’s Eve Party – Live From the O2 Arena (ITV1 & ITV3), Countdown To Midnight: Take That & Guests Live At The O2 (ITV1 & ITV2), Happy Birthday Elton! (ITV1), The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BBC1), The BAFTA Television Awards (BBC1), George Michael: The Road To Wembley (Channel 4), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4), plus a major on-line production – The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for Bloomsbury Publishing.

For further information please visit: www.whizzkid.tv or contact:
Tracey Lloyd: General Manager, Whizz Kid Entertainment
Tel: + 44 20 7440 2550 or + 44 7841 997682
Email: tracey@whizzkid.tv

For more information on Bestival please contact Ziggy@getinvolvedltd.com/ 020 7604 2944

 

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James Thornton and Charlie Baker voted Let’s Dance For Comic Relief Champions – 2011!

James Thornton and Charlie Baker have tapped their way to victory in the grand finale of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief 2011, following a show-stopping performance of Puttin’ On The Ritz.

After the viewers were treated to a supreme dance off between the six finalists – Katie Price (I Want To Break Free, Queen), Charlie Baker and James Thornton (Puttin’ On The Ritz, from the musical of the same name), Noel Fielding (Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush), 80’s Super Group – Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Clare Grogan and Chesney Hawkes (Greased Lightning from the film Grease), Ade Edmondson (ably hindered by Rik Mayall to The Dying Swan from the classic ballet Swan Lake) and Russell Kane (Crazy In Love, Beyonce).

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen James and Charlie as the nation’s dance heroes. Let’s Dance veterans and former series champions, Robert Webb and Rufus Hound handed over the Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief trophy to the surprised pair as Robert announced: “Men dressed as men, the template is smashed and well done it’s about time.” and Rufus went on to add: “Understand that the moment you accept this award, for the rest of your lives, all that will happen is that people will stop you in the street and shout, do the dance. Do the dance my friends, do the dance!”

Charlie accepted the trophy going on to thank the voting public: “Thank you so much to everybody at home who voted for Comic Relief… We’ve had an absolutely brilliant time!” Best friend James added: “I just want to say thanks to everyone who voted at home, we’ve raised so much money for a brilliant cause and that’s what it’s all about and we’ve had a real laugh whilst we’ve been doing it.”

Panellists Rufus Hound, Miranda Hart and Louie Spence were on hand with their summation of the night’s performance.

Following Charlie and James performance, last year’s winner and finale panellist, Rufus said: “Charlie, I’ve known you for a long time now and I didn’t expect you to ever be doing that. I haven’t enjoyed so much clip clopping since I lived underneath that bridge. Tremendous, both of you, well done.”

Comic actress, Miranda coyly added, “You are lovely, thank you, I’ll see you in the bar later. That’s it, that’s all I can say.”

Choreographer Louie said: “You had great fluidity through the moves, it was beautiful and your rhythm was great. I’d be more than happy to be your Ginger Rodgers.”

James and Charlie then closed the series in style with a final reminder of why they are the nation’s favourite and Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief Champions 2011 treating viewers to a final encore of Puttin’ On The Ritz.

There were performances from Plan B with his latest single, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ and Nicole Scherzinger who performed her latest track, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English natasha.english@bbc.co.uk and Michaela Fielding michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you’re helping to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

2010 Champion – Rufus Hound – Fight For This Love, Cheryl Cole

2009 Champion – Robert Webb – What A Feeling from the film Flashdance

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The final two dances hot step their way to this weekend’s finale!

Ade Edmondson and 80’s Super Group – Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Clare Grogan and Chesney Hawkes have hot footed their way straight into the final of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief next week, following their unforgettable performances in the third heat of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Ade Edmondson as their favourite, the fifth act to win a place in the final next week on Saturday 12th March after performing an emotional rendition of The Dying Swan, from the classic ballet Swan Lake.

On securing the viewers’ vote to take him through to the final, Ade commented “It makes me very nervous and humble.” adding, “I’m really just worried about whether Rik’s (Mayall) going to find out where I am next week.”

Panellist John Bishop said “You made Natalie Portman in the film Black Swan look like Anne Widdecombe, you nailed it.”

Jo Brand said “Really, really moving, that nearly turned me into a proper woman.”

And Felix Dexter added, “I felt like I was watching a great ballerina, superb, breath taking.” Runners up Joe Swash and Caroline Flack alongside the 80’s Super Group then faced the three panellists – John Bishop, Jo Brand and Felix Dexter – who decided which act would win the sixth place in the final after their performances of My Humps, Black Eyed Peas and Greased Lightning from the film Grease respectively.

Panellist John Bishop voted for the 80’s Super Group, Jo Brand voted for Joe and Caroline leaving Felix Dexter with the deciding vote which he cast the 80’s Super Group automatically putting them through into the last remaining place in the final.

The 80’s Super Group gave a united, “Fabulous.” on confirming their place in the final, with Chesney adding, “We’re totally in shock to be honest with you.”

A relieved Joe said “I think I’d have had a nervous breakdown if I had to do this again” on not making it in to the final with Caroline adding, “We have had such a fun week, we really have, we haven’t stopped laughing.”

Viewers’ favourite Ade Edmondson then closed the show with an encore of his enchanting tribute to The Dying Swan.

Tonight’s show was the final of three heats and saw performances from Ade Edmondson (The Dying Swan from the classic ballet), Marcus Brigstocke (Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas), Joe Swash & Caroline Flack (My Humps, Black Eyed Peas), Lee Nelson & Omelette (Club Tropicana, Wham!), Iain Lee(Gettin’ Jiggy With It, Will Smith), and 80’s Super Group – Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Clare Grogan and Chesney Hawkes (Greased Lightning from the film Grease).

There were also performances from Jessie J and The Wanted who treated viewers to Comic Relief’s Official Song, Gold Forever.

Next week, the finalists from tonight’s show join Katie Price (I Want To Break Free, Queen), Russell Kane (Crazy In Love, Beyonce), Noel Fielding (Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush) and Charlie Baker & James Thornton (Puttin’ On The Ritz, from the musical of the same name) in the grand finale where the six acts will battle it out for title of Let’s Dance Champion 2011.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English, 020 8576 7935 natasha.english@bbc.co.uk and Michaela Fielding, 020 8576 7935michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you’re helping to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

 

 

 

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James Thornton & Charlie Baker voted Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief Champions – 2011!

James Thornton & Charlie Baker, and Noel Fielding have strutted their stuff straight into the final of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, following their spectacular performances in the second heat of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen James & Charlie as their favourite, the third act to win a place in the final on Saturday 12 March after performing a phenomenal homage to Puttin’ on the Ritz from the musical of the same name.

On hearing that they were through to the final James said: “I genuinely can’t believe it” and Charlie said: “Thank you so much to everybody that voted, and keep supporting Comic Relief.”

Following James & Charlie’s performance, Lee Mack said: “I love tap dancing what is there more to say than that.”

Jack Whitehall said: “I thought it was brilliant you did really, really well. Also you looked like you were really, really enjoying it.”

Keith Lemon said: “It was like proper tap dancing, like proper stuff.”

Runners up Lulu and Noel Fielding then faced the three panellists – Lee Mack, Jack Whitehall and Keith Lemon – who decided which act would win the fourth place in the final after their performances of Crank That, Soulja Boy and Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush, respectively. Panellist Lee Mack voted for Noel, Jack Whitehall voted for Lulu and Keith Lemon voted for Noel who automatically won a place in the final.

When asked how he felt about winning a place in the final Noel said: “Flabbergasted! I can’t believe it. I’m excited.”

On not making it to the final Lulu said: “Remember what it’s all about, it’s all about charity so that’s why we’re here.”

Viewers’ favourite James & Charlie then closed the show with an encore of their show-stopping tribute to Puttin’ on the Ritz.

Tonight’s show was the second of three heats and also saw performances from Penny Smith (Toxic, Britney Spears), Andi Osho (Bad, Michael Jackson), and Jarred Christmas (Hung Up, Madonna). There were also performances from McFly with their latest single, ‘That’s the Truth’ and Cee Lo Green with his new track, ‘Bright Lights, Bigger City’.

Next week, six more celebrity acts will be taking to the stage in a bid to win a place in the final. The line-up includes Adrian Edmondson, Joe Swash and Caroline Flack, Lee Nelson and Omelette, Marcus Brigstocke, and 80’s super group – Toyah Wilcox, Limahl, Chesney Hawkes, Clare Grogan.

The finalists from tonight’s show will be joining Kate Price and Russell Kane in the grand finale on Saturday 12 March, where six acts will battle it out for title of Let’s Dance Champion 2011.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English, 020 8576 7935 natasha.english@bbc.co.uk and Michaela Fielding, 020 8576 7935michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you’re helping to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

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Russell Kane and Katie Price dance their way through to the final in week one of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief!

Russell Kane and Katie Price are the first two acts to boogie their way into the final of Let’s Dance ForÉ Comic Relief, following their star spangled performances in the first show of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Russell Kane as their favourite, the first act to win a place in the final on Saturday 12th March after performing a spectacular homage to Crazy in Love, Beyonce.

Runners up Katie Price and Waterloo Road’s Philip Martin Brown and Rebecca Ryan then faced the three panellists, Graham Norton, Frank Skinner and Greg Davies who decided which act would win the second place in the final after their performances of Queen’s, I Want To Break Free, and It’s Like That, Run DMC respectively.

Panellists Graham Norton and Frank Skinner both voted for Katie Price which carried the majority vote, confirming her place in the final alongside Russell Kane.

Following Russell’s performance, Graham Norton said: “My eyes!, I have a fear on my deathbed I will shut my eyes and I’ll see that again. It was amazing, I am amazed.”

Frank Skinner said (to Russell Kane): “The worrying thing is I didn’t look at the girls once, it wasn’t an impression it was a metamorphosis. I loved it, brilliant!”

Greg Davies said (to Russell Kane): “For me it occupied a very difficult space, somewhere between the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen and the most profoundly erotic. I think we may have just seen the greatest dance routine on British television.”

On confirming her place in the final with a fantastic performance of Queens, I Want To Break Free, Katie Price said : “I can’t believe having two left feet has actually paid off… not a bad result for my dancefloor debut! It’s been brilliant being involved with Comic Relief, although the thought of doing it all over again in the final might just finish me off completely.”

The viewers’ favourite Russell Kane then closed the show with one more rendition of Crazy In Love. Tonight’s show was the first of three heats and saw property and design gurus Colin & Justin (Xanadu, Olivia Newton-John), actress and comedian Rebecca Front (It’s Oh So Quiet, Björk), Waterloo Road’s Philip Martin Brown and Rebecca Ryan (It’s Like That, Run DMC) and comedian, Ed Byrne (I Love To Boogie, T. Rex), eliminated.

There were also performances from JLS who performed their single, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ and Taio Cruz & Kimberly Wyatt who performed their latest track, ‘Higher’.

Next week, six more celebrity contestants will take to the floor in a bid to wow viewers with iconic dance routines and win a place in the final of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English natasha.english@bbc.co.uk and Michaela Fielding michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you’re helping to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

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Let’s Dance for… Comic Relief reveals the latest names joining the class of 2011

Katie Price, Marcus Brigstocke, Joe Swash and Waterloo Road’s Philip Martin Brown are getting ready to don on their dancing shoes and take on their other classmates for this year’s Let’s Dance for…Comic Relief.

This year’s series kicks off on Saturday 19th February on BBC One. Celebrities already limbering up for the show include: Noel Fielding, Russell Kane, Colin and Justin, Penny Smith, Andi Osho, Ed Byrne, and Rebecca Front, Lulu, Caroline Flack, Ade Edmondson, Lee Nelson and an 80’s super group of Toyah Wilcox, Clare Grogan, Chesney Hawkes and Limahl.

Alex Jones (presenter of The One Show) will join Steve Jones, to host this year’s show. Jo Wallace, BBC executive producer said, ‘We’re so excited to announce these latest names, they add to an already fantastic line up and this year’s show is shaping up to be a fun packed, high energy event all in the name of charity.”

Across three weeks Let’s Dance will see the acts (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) from the world of comedy and entertainment pay homage to and perform some of the world’s most iconic dance routines in front of a live studio audience. Each week the stars will be battling it out to wow viewers with their moves, and secure a place in the grand final in week four.

Each act will work with a team of choreographers to master the dance moves from famous routines including Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, I Love To Boogie from the musical Billy Elliot and Michael Jackson’s Bad.

There will be a weekly rotating panel, made up of comedians some of whom are former contestants who will review each of the performances. The panel of three, together with the viewers will vote for their favourite two acts to go through to the final and be in with a chance to be crowned champion of the dance floor.

Audiences will also be treated to weekly performances from the likes of JLS and Jessie J. The show will be produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment for the BBC. Jo Wallace is the executive producer for the BBC, and Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Antonia Hurford-Jones for Whizz Kid, the series producer is Barbara Lee.

This year Let’s Dance for…Comic Relief will highlight the issue of Malaria. Steve recently visited Uganda to see those communities affected first hand and we see his visit during the series. Alex has been out to Zambia on a similar mission to bring us a report on Comic Relief cash in action.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English & Michaela Fielding; 020 8576 7935, natasha.english@ bbc.co.uk andmichaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you’re helping to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

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Lara NOSE how to have a laugh – Supermodel launches Red Nose Day 2011

Top supermodel Lara Stone shows she can’t get enough of this year’s Red Noses as she launches Red Nose Day today (Thursday 3rd February) in a stunning recreation of the iconic Marilyn Monroe ‘Seven Year Itch’ picture, with a twist. There are three different monster Red Noses to choose from this Red Nose Day, all available from Sainsbury’s, Oxfam or www.rednoseday.com.

Lara Stone said: “I had so much fun being Marilyn Monroe for the day and recreating such an iconic shot with a Red Nose twist. It was an honour to be asked to take part in such an important campaign. Red Nose Day is such a simple way for everyone to get involved and raise money to help the people that need it most in the UK and Africa.”

She is joined by a host of famous names to launch this year’s campaign, including her husband David Walliams, John Cleese, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, David Tennant and Alexandra Burke. Many can be seen donning the essential Red Nose along with the fabulous new Red Nose Day T-shirt by Vivienne Westwood, available from TK Maxx. All are calling on the nation to do something funny for money for Red Nose Day, which takes place on Friday 18th March.

The campaign will culminate in a brilliant night of TV on Friday 18th March on BBC One at 7pm with Comic Relief: Funny for Money. The amazing line up of presenters is also revealed today – the fabulous Kevin Bridges, James Corden, Fearne Cotton, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Michael McIntyre, Graham Norton, Jonathan Ross, Jack Whitehall and Claudia Winkleman. Davina McCall said: “I am so excited to be part of Red Nose Day again this year, it’s always such a privilege to be involved. The British public really knows how to have a laugh and raising money along the way for such a fantastic charity makes it even more worthwhile. I’ve been lucky enough to see many of the amazing projects that Comic Relief funds both in the UK and Africa so have seen the difference it can make to people’s lives. ”

The night will treat viewers to pure comedy gold with sketches from Gavin and Stacey’s Smithy, Harry Hill and for the first time, comedy award winning Miranda Hart – such fun! Gareth Malone’s choirmaster skills are tested to the max as he attempts to turn TV chefs into tuneful choristers.

More hilarity and hijinx ensues with sketches from the cast of Outnumbered and top moments from The Inbetweeners Rude Road Trip, where the lads from the hit comedy visited a total of 52 rude places in just 50 hours. Inbetweeners fans won’t have long to wait to see the boys’ antics as highlights of their trip, which took place last month, are available to buy exclusively on iTunes from today.

‘Let’s Dance for Comic Relief’ returns with The One Show’s Alex Jones joining Steve Jones to host this year’s lycra clad line up. Announced today as taking to the stage and paying homage to some favourite dance classics are Lulu, Caroline Flack, Ade Edmondson, Lee Nelson and an 80’s super group of Toyah Wilcox, Clare Grogan, Chesney Hawkes and Limahl, who will be joining comedy stars Noel Fielding, Russell Kane, Ed Byrne and a host of other famous faces. Celebrity panellists include Keith Lemon, Miranda Hart and Felix Dexter. ‘Let’s Dance for Comic Relief’ starts on Saturday 19th February.

Whatever you’re doing to raise money you can make sure you’re doing it in style by wearing a piece of fashion history with the fabulous range of Red Nose Day T-shirts designed by renowned fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. The collection represents a unique fusion of humour and iconic historical images, including Rowan Atkinson as ‘Edmund’ from Blackadder and original king of comedy himself, William Shakespeare. All are available from TK Maxx and www.rednoseday.com.

Comic Relief spends all the money raised through Red Nose Day to give extremely poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

 

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RED NOSES

The three Monster Noses are available at Sainsbury’s, Oxfam and online at www.rednoseday.com and costs £1 each with at least 70p going to Comic Relief

RED NOSE DAY T-SHIRTS

A collection of eight designs by Vivienne Westwood the stylish Red Nose Day T-shirts include images of Rowan Atkinson as ‘Edmond’ and Miranda Richardson as ‘Queenie’ from Blackadder, as well as the great bard himself Shakespeare and Hogarth’s ‘The Laughing Audience’. For kids and babies there’s a Pirate design and Mother and Baby Elephant. Available instore and online at TK Maxx and www.rednoseday.com Priced between £5.99 and £14.99 with between £2.50 and £7 going to Comic Relief

Made from 100% Fairtrade certified organic cotton

ITUNES

The Inbetweeners highlights show will be available from iTunes from 3rd Feb onwards. iTunes will pass 100% of iTunes’ share to the charity. There are production costs to be covered, and we estimate that at least 70% of the selling price will be donated to Comic Relief. Footage is available to buy exclusively from iTunes www.itunes.co.uk

For more information contact

Philippa Spurr, 020 8576 7935,p.spurr@comicrelief.com 
Media Team, 020 7820 2500, p.spurr@comicrelief.com 
Out of hours number: 07984 510473
www.comicrelief.com/media-centre

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you’re helping to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

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. To date, twelve Red Nose Days have raised more than £500m. That money has helped, and is helping, to support people and communities in dire need both in the UK and Africa.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

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Let’s Dance for… Comic Relief reveals new co-host and first round of names for the class of 2011

Let’s Dance for…Comic Relief returns to BBC One in February for a spectacular third series. Alex Jones (presenter of The One Show) will join Steve Jones, to host this year’s show, which will see an eclectic mix of celebrities slipping on their dancing shoes and showing off their dance moves to raise money for Comic Relief.

Alex Jones said, ‘I was a huge fan of Let’s Dance last year and can’t wait to join Steve and the team. It’s come at the perfect time for me having just returned from filming in Africa for Comic Relief where I saw first hand how we can really make a difference.’

Steve Jones added, ‘I’m really looking forward to working with Alex on this year’s show. We’ve got a great line up and I can’t wait to see the performances – I’m anticipating an exciting, flamboyant and ridiculous show!’

Across three weeks Let’s Dance will see the acts (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) from the world of comedy and entertainment pay homage to and perform some of the world’s most iconic dance routines in front of a live studio audience. Each week the stars will be battling it out to wow viewers with their moves, and secure a place in the grand final in week four.

Amongst the celebrity acts who will be attempting to trip the light fantastic and raise money for Comic Relief are: Noel Fielding, Russell Kane, Colin and Justin, Penny Smith, Andi Osho, Ed Byrne, and Rebecca Front.

Each act will work with a team of choreographers to master the dance moves from famous routines including Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, I Love To Boogie from the musical Billy Elliot and Michael Jackson’s Bad.

There will be a weekly rotating panel, made up of comedians some of whom are former contestants who will review each of the performances. The panel of three, together with the viewers will vote for their favourite two acts to go through to the final and be in with a chance to be crowned champion of the dance floor.

Audiences will also be treated to weekly performances from the likes of JLS and Jessie J. The show will be produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment for the BBC. Jo Wallace is the executive producer for the BBC, and Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Antonia Hurford-Jones for Whizz Kid, the series producer is Barbara Lee.

Jo Wallace, said, ‘The dance floor is being dusted off and a fantastic array of celebrities are limbering up for another high energy series of Let’s Dance for…Comic Relief. The celebrities will be hoping to get audiences at home dancing along with those in studio, as they strut their stuff over the next four Saturday nights all in the name of charity.’

Malcolm Gerrie, Chief Executive, Whizz Kid Entertainment, added, ‘Last year Rufus Hound set the stage alight with his unforgettable take on Cheryl Cole’s Fight for this Love, and waltzed off with the title. Some of the funniest names in comedy are already lining up to surprise the nation with their own hysterical interpretation of iconic dances.’

This year Let’s Dance for… Comic Relief will highlight the issue of Malaria. Steve recently visited Uganda to see those communities affected first hand and we see his visit during the series. Alex has been out to Zambia on a similar mission to bring us a report on Comic Relief cash in action.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English & Michaela Fielding;
020 8576 7935, natasha.english@bbc.co.uk and michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you’re helping to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

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