Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to reprise their characters ‘The Extras’ for a Repair Shop special as part of the BBC Comic Relief night programming.

Dawn French says: “I don’t think we’ve ever said no to Comic Relief because it just is too important, and because it’s from our community, and we were there right at the very beginning. I know that the money is spent correctly and I know that there are projects that are ongoing that need us to be ongoing and I wouldn’t ever want to let anyone down. So I think the more that we can do to boost and support, the better!”

Jennifer Saunders says: “As I watched The Repair Shop I thought all I could ever see was these characters going into The Repair Shop, or me and Dawn pretending to mend something or imitating the characters. You know, I just thought, this is the show for us. Then Comic Relief said we’ve got The Repair Shop and it was like the perfect thing. It was so perfect!”

Jay Blades says: “I can’t believe the chaos that those two caused! We’re always surprised by what we see in the barn, but trust me, we’ve not seen anything like this in the barn before – you must watch it to see how funny it was. For fans of the show it’s a real treat!”

Red Nose Day 2022 will be hosted by Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny Henry. Plus The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon will be hosted by Joel Dommett and AJ Odudu.

The night will be broadcast live from dock10 studios at MediaCityUK in Salford and will feature sketches, live performances and one-off comedy specials whilst showcasing the impact donations have made in the UK and across the world.

The big fundraising night of TV for Comic Relief is a BBC Studios Entertainment Production for the BBC, commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Peter Davey and Colin Hopkins. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Katie Taylor.

Jon Creamer

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