French & Saunders return as 'The Extras' for this year's Comic Relief

They'll be taking part in a special episode of The Repair Shop as part of this year's Red Nose Day on Friday 18 March.

The Repair Shop’s workshop of dreams welcomes some very special guests into the barn this Red Nose Day.

With no job too small or too big for the team of craftspeople they rarely find themselves sending customers away, that is until Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reprise their characters ‘The Extras’ to blag a free fix from the team.

Things take a chaotic turn when the pair of wannabe TV stars are desperate to have their five minutes of fame and meet Jay Blades. But when Jay realises they are more extra-verts than extra-keen to have their loved belongings repaired, he sends them packing.

All the while Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch get to work on another very special guest’s repair, demonstrating how talented and skilful they are.

Speaking about returning for Comic Relief, Dawn French said "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!"

To which Jennifer Saunders added "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!”

On inviting 'The Extras' into The Repair Shop Jay Blades said “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 with The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon hosted by Joel Dommett and AJ Odudu.

Comic Relief returns Friday 18th March at 7pm on BBC One