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Inspector Sands13,760 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The idea behind these telethons strikes me as being incredibly dated, and I wonder if that's part of the problem.

That's why they've moved on from the traditional telethon type programme. They're increasingly the culmination of the fund raising period rather than being one night when they raise everything fr the viewers.
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Inspector Sands13,760 posts since 25 Aug 2004



There are probably more comedians on TV than ever, there no shortage of acts who can appear. The problem is that it's gone from a variety show to a dull spring time Children in Need. Unless they do a filmed bit or are big enough name to anchor an hour of primetime BBC1 then there's no place for them on it


The original Comic Reliefs were based around the 'alternative comedy' generation who are now the old school establishment of the comedy world and dont really do any comedy any more. Yet they still appear and aren't very funny. The current generation of comedians don't really seem to have taken up the baton.

It's looking as tired as the comedians that the 'alternative comedians' replaced in the 80s and 90s
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BM11973 posts since 2 Jun 2017
London London



There are probably more comedians on TV than ever, there no shortage of acts who can appear. The problem is that it's gone from a variety show to a dull spring time Children in Need. Unless they do a filmed bit or are big enough name to anchor an hour of primetime BBC1 then there's no place for them on it


The original Comic Reliefs were based around the 'alternative comedy' generation who are now the old school establishment of the comedy world and dont really do any comedy any more. Yet they still appear and aren't very funny. The current generation of comedians don't really seem to have taken up the baton.

It's looking as tired as the comedians that the 'alternative comedians' replaced in the 80s and 90s

The current generation of comedians mostly dont have the public profile to really appear for long on BBC1 without putting of the Core BBC1 viewers.
fanoftv8,134 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
When you say current comedians, Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan are very skilled and well liked comedians and presented well on the night.

I agree with the previous comment of wanting more live sketches, etc. The magic mike shock with Johnny Vegas reminded me of something very old school comic relief, having something/someone serious and messing around with it. The celebrity phone bank feature worked quite well, as did Lenny being there through the night, some of the best lines and improvisation came from him.
Brekkie31,792 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
It is only really small changes that are needed - a handful of live on stage sets, a couple of live moments rather than pre-recorded films and some sketches that hit the mark more.

The telethon though is always going to be hit or miss but ultimately does its job. I think the bigger issue for Comic Relief over the next couple of years will be addressing the concerns about its merchandise and how the red nose can develop alongside the campaigns against disposable plastic merchandise.
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JCB2,016 posts since 21 Sep 2004




"Fame does not equal funny" complains Danny Baker.

Talk about pot kettle black.
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Blake Connolly1,766 posts since 21 Apr 2001
London London
I can see why they needed the non-comedians presenting and as others have said, it did its job and got the money in.

Alan Partridge aside, though, it did feel a bit thin this year - sadly this is one of the very few outlets for sketch comedy left on television these days so it's a shame they didn't make more of it. Reminds me of how dictionary corner in Cats Do Countdown has somehow become really important because it's one of the only TV spots for circuit comedians who don't fit with Live at the Apollo. Comic Relief is a rare chance to do one-off sketches so I'm surprised there wasn't very much this year. It'd also for example be a great opportunity to do something like a special Taskmaster throughout the night with people who wouldn't be able to commit to a full series.

Saying that, last time around they ticked off a lot of my wish-list (more non-mainstream comedies in the mix, live stand-up) and it bombed.
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