Interview: Emma Willis on hosting BBC One's Comic Relief.
Comic Relief is back on BBC One on Friday 15 March!
The fun starts at 7pm as the biggest comedy party on the planet is broadcast live from Elstree Television Studios, hosted by Sir Lenny Henry, Paddy McGuinness, Emma Willis, Romesh Ranganathan, Rob Beckett, Alesha Dixon, Clara Amfo, Zoe Ball, Joe Sugg, David Tennant and other special guests.
Prepare for a mammoth night of live comedy, sketches, music acts, fundraising films and more.
Expect special treats from the likes of Alan Partridge, Freddie Flintoff, the cast of BBC Three’s Famalam, Mamma Mia, Bodyguard, One Red Nose Day and a Wedding and much, much more.
Emma Willis tells us about her involvement with the show…
You’ve presented lots of live TV before, are you excited to be in front of a live audience again?
I always get nervous with live telly. In fact, I get nervous with pre-recorded telly as well because I love it so much. For me I think it’s especially exciting to be hosting part of Red Nose Day because I’ve watched it my whole life and for me it’s appointment to view television. Having watched everybody do it over the years, to finally be a part of it for me is a bit of a milestone. I think it’s a brilliant night of TV and a fantastic charity. It’s kind of like when I got to do the Brits, I couldn’t quite believe it because I’d watched it my whole life and I’m like: "Oh my god! Am I going to be as terrified as I was doing that?" It’s really exciting but it is nerve-racking.
We have a fantastic presenter line up for 2019, are you looking forward to working together and have you worked together before?
Paddy I work with quite often and I love him to bits, we like taking the pee out of each other so that’ll be quite fun I think! I’m a massive fan of Romesh, I think he’s absolutely brilliant so I can’t wait to see him live in action. Alesha I’ve known for many years, she’s adorable and Lenny Henry is a Brummy institution! I’ve never met him and I’m really, really excited. Rob Beckett I’ve met quite a few times and he’s just a really lovely bloke so for me it’s win, win, win, win, win. I’m either a fan of theirs or I know that they’re lovely people so I think it’ll be a really nice night.
What are you most looking forward to on this year’s night of TV?
The One Red Nose Day And A Wedding film I am really excited about. Again, I grew up watching all of those films so I just can’t wait to see what they’re going to do with it. I love the sketches that they do generally, you always know you’re in for a good giggle. The appeal films, I think they are spectacularly made and they hit the spot and really make you pick up the phone or text.
What do you think of when you think of Comic Relief?
The sketches that James Corden does I think are always brilliant but the one thing that sticks out for me is something that they did in 1989 because I recreated it at school to try and raise money. It was Bananarama and Lananeeneenoonoo, French and Saunders and Cathy Burke taking it out of Bananarama and they recreated the Help video which I believe was the Red Nose Day song for that year. Me and five of my friends learnt the dance routine and we did it in assembly at school and I can’t quite believe I did it because I can’t dance, I never wanted to be in a band, but it’s that kind of thing, that’s what’s so fantastic about Comic Relief and Red Nose Day, you lose all your inhabitations and you just want to get involved and try and raise money for charity.