David Walliams to present ’24 Hour Panel People’ for BBC and Comic Relief 2011

by Lisa McGarry

David Walliams is bringing his love of tough endurance challenges to his day job when he takes on the role of anchoring the UK’s first ever 24 hour panel show for Red Nose Day – a live online event that will then broadcast on both BBC Three and BBC One.

24 Hour Panel People is set to be an incredible one off occasion that will require David to be at his comedic best for 24 hours as throughout the day he switches between the roles of host, team captain and panellist, along with some other surprising challenges as well. Joining him are some of the nation’s top comedians celebrating some of the most famous and best loved panel shows from TV & Radio, including Have I Got News For You, Celebrity Juice, They Think It’s All Over, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Just A Minute and many more. There will also be variety of bespoke 24 Hour Panel People rounds.

A huge team of comics will rotate throughout the course of the challenge, as hosts, team captains and panellists. Those taking part include Sean Lock, Jason Manford and Leigh Francis.

David Walliams, who famously swam the channel, the Gibraltar Strait and led a team of celebrity cyclists on a non-stop Land’s End to John O Groats relay for Sport Relief, will yet again rise to the occasion in a bid to raise money for Red Nose Day. But if he thought those physical tests of endurance were hard, he’s seen nothing yet as he paces himself to produce non-stop comedy gold for a gruelling 24 hours.

David Walliams said: “This is an amazing challenge. I just hope I don’t fall asleep or burst into tears.”

The whole 24 hour panel marathon will stream live on bbc.co.uk/rednoseday on the weekend of the 5th and 6th March and will then be edited down to 5 x 30 mins shows for BBC Three to air in the week leading up to the night of Comic Relief on Friday 18th March. Red Nose night will also broadcast highlights throughout the night on BBC One.

Karl Warner, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting Comic Relief again on BBC Three and we’re massively grateful to all the comedians taking part in this fantastic event, particularly David who is leading the way through this 24 hour, panel show marathon.”

Suzi Aplin, Executive Producer of Red Nose Day, said: “This is another new and totally fantastic way of raising money and we couldn’t be more grateful to David and all the spectacular comics who will be joining him in this incredibly exciting event.”

All proceeds raised in support of this enormous feat will go to Comic Relief, to help people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and in Africa.

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