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AS COMIC RELIEF prepares to put the fun into fundraising once more come Friday, we take a look at some of the TV highlights in store this Red Nose Day.

LICENCE TO LAUGH THE world's most famous secret agent, super-spy 007, has been given a licence to thrill viewers in a special one-o- James Bond sketch - which promises to leave telly watchers shaken and stirred!

Actor Daniel Craig, who is currently |lming new Bond movie Spectre, will be appearing in the special one-o- sketch as part of the Red Nose Day coverage on BBC1 on Friday. Details are being kept under wraps until the big night.

LITTLE BRITAIN'S BACAC A K COMIC RELIEF - Face e Funny broadcasts live, for the |rst time ever, from the London Palladium and organisers have also revealed Professor Stephen Hawking will be a special guest on the return of Little Britain.

David Walliams will be reprising his role as carer Lou in the sketch while the celebrated physicist will appear to play the fake wheelchair bound character Andy, made famous by Matt Lucas. Catherine Tate will also be making an appearance.

KEEP LAUGHING JOHN BISHOP, EddieOP , EddieOP Izzard, Davina McCall and David Walliams will be on stage for a reinvention of the Monty Python's famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch, there will a chance to see highlights of Peter Kay's live stage version of Phoenix Nights and Mark Watson will be exhausting his funny bones in a 27-hour comedy marathon.

LET'S DANCE THE X FACTOR F presenter Dermot O'Leary will be |nishing his 24-hour dance marathon, pushing himself to the limit as he |nishes his epic non-stop Day Of Dance at the London Palladium.

Dermot. will dance his way from BBC New Broadcasting House, where he will have been dancing since he started live one One Show the previous evening, through the streets of central London and enter theatre to a triumphant welcome.

e 41-year-old told Radio Times magazine that he texted Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis with the idea after dancing for six hours in Ibiza.

"No one's really done it before, so it's hard to train for, but at the moment I'm doing a combination of running and dance lessons for about eight hours a week. I'm in a perpetual state of lactic acid coursing through my veins," says Dermot.

NATIONAL TREASURES SOME of the biggest names in showbiz will |nd out if they've done enough to earn the esteemed accolade of National Treasure 2015.

Russell Brand, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Stephen Fry, David Gandy, Miranda Hart, Sheridan Smith and e Chuckle Brothers head an all-star cast in this one-o- Comic Relief special.

LET US PRAY THE nation's much-loved female cleric is back as Dawn French returns to screens as Geraldine Granger in e Vicar Of Dibley.

Geraldine is campaigning for the role of the next female bishop, but she soon realises she has some sti- competition from a host of top secret but well-known faces.

Dawn asid: "I think viewers enjoy the fact that Geraldine is a sort of everywoman and, in this particular sketch, they'll enjoy the craziness of the parishioners" JUMPING BEANS ROWAN WANW ATA KINSON'S beloved character Mr Bean returns to Red Nose Day for the rst time in eight years. "is time he will be joined by actors Ben Miller and "e "ick Of It's Rebecca Front for a sketch strewn with twists, turns and complications.

It also marks the 25th anniversary of Mr Bean.

Rebecca says: ""e sketch takes place at a funeral, so I'm sure viewers will expect a very serious sombre occasion. But with Mr Bean involved, you never know what's going to happen what could possibly go wrong?" OTTOMS edition of "e Great xtra NO SOGGY BOTTOM A SPECIAL edition of "e Great British Bake O: An Extra Slice will be presented by Jo Brand with Frank Skinner and Mary Berry.

by Jo Brand with Frank Selected from "e Great | It will see the four celebrity Star Bakers selected from "e Great Comic Relief Bake Oseries compete against each other one last time for a chance to be crowned champion of "e Great Comic Relief Bake O2015.

Bean? show of IT'LL B ON THE DAV AV A INA HWalliams will be making sure everything runs smoothly. Davina kicks things owith Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announBE ALRIGHT THE NIGHT INA McCALL, Lenny Henry and David Walliams will be making sure everything runs smoothly. Davina kicks things owith Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announceing the winner of "e People's Strictly.

C | omic Relief - Face return "e Funny is on BBC1, Friday, from 7pm Stephen Hawking, |pictured with Little Britain's Lou (David Walliams) will make a special guest appearance


From left are Russell Brand, Claudia |Winkleman, Lenny Henry, Doc Brown, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Idris Elba, Dawn French and Davina McCall

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Date:Mar 8, 2015
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