Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stars Give BBC the Last Laugh

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stars Give BBC the Last Laugh

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Comic Relief: The Big One From 7pm BBC1

COMIC RELIEF'S telethon contains such a high celebrity quotient that the other terrestrial channels are basically waving the white flag of surrender tonight: a Frost repeat; Ugly Betty repeats, a repeat of a documentary about hippos. It's a shame that Moira Stuart's wellproduced slavery film will also get trounced in the ratings, but hey, Comic Relief is all for charity, isn't it?

So, what are the highlights of what The Simpsons' Sideshow Bob might well describe as a "cavalcade of whimsy"? Well, top of the pile is probably a series of Little Britain Live sketches.

(8.30pm and 11.30pm).

Mind you, the result of Alan Sugar's search for a celebrity apprentice (10.35pm) should be amusing, if last night's hilarious first instalment was anything to go by.

There are also turns from Peter Kay (9.30pm) and Catherine Tate (8pm), and Johnny Ball and Carol Vorderman try their hand at Mitchell and Webb's deliciously incomprehensible maths quiz Numberwang (9.30pm). Even more exciting, Harry Hill moves TV Burp, the jewel in ITV1's tiny comedy crown, across to BBC1 for a special episode (7.30pm).

It's not all about laughter of course. The evening is studded with reports explaining where your donations go, and Dawn French returns for what we are promised is the final Vicar Of Dibley.

Of course, if the lure of a Friday night out is even greater than that of celebrities doing odd things to raise money for good causes, you could simply phone 08457 910 910 and donate some cash instead.

The Insider: Unmarried Parents Scandal Coronation Street Emmerdale 7pm, ITV1 7.35pm, Channel 4 VANESSA LLOYD-PLATT is a celebrity divorce lawyer, (i.e.

she advises on celebrity divorce and also appears on breakfast telly discussing marriage breakdowns). Here, however, she focuses on the rights of co-habitees and their children when relationships end. Lloyd-Platt believes co-habitees should have more rights and meets single mums who receive minuscule maintenance payments via the CSA.

If you're a fervent believer in marriage you probably won't like this programme. …

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