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W1A returning for a special Comic Relief sketch for Red Nose Day

The cast will reunite to find Sir Lenny Henry’s Red Nose Day replacement host.

This Red Nose Day night will be Sir Lenny Henry’s last on hosting duties and W1A’s finest team has been drafted in to find his replacement and having been away from our screens for seven years, there’s bound to be a few awkward conversations, especially when Sir Lenny arrives late to his meeting and comes face-to-face with his potential celebrity replacements, each one more ridiculous than the last.

Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes return as Ian Fletcher and Siobhan Sharpe, with Hugh Skinner returning as Will the intern and Monica Dolan is returning as Tracey Pritchard, to hold interviews with some special guests in a bid to find Red Nose Day’s new host.

Those facing the panel and hoping to have what it takes to fill Sir Lenny Henry's shoes, include Sir Mo Farah, Tom Davis, Richard Madeley, Romesh Ranganathan and Wynne Evans, whilst TV legends Lorraine Kelly, Pudsey, Bluey, Chesney Hawkes and Rustie Lee also make appearances.

In fact, the queue for wannabe replacements gets so long, the panel will need to get on their Brompton bikes to get to the end of it.

Speaking about taking part in the special sketch, Sir Mo Farah said "I’ve watched Comic Relief for many years and think it is incredible. It’s all about having a laugh but for a good cause. I knew a little about the character but when I turned up and saw the outfit, I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of this sketch and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I loved acting and the team made it really easy and fun for me. Who knows, maybe this character could be Sir Lenny’s replacement!"

To which Sir Lenny Henry added "How dare they replace me? I’m only joking, I’m flattered that the incredible W1A team have come back together to make this sketch happen. It’s hilarious and the guest stars are absolutely brilliant too."

Money raised by Red Nose Day will go towards organisations helping to tackle some of the urgent problems faced by people here in the UK and around the world. This could include helping provide shelter for those that need it, putting food on plates, filling the shelves of baby banks, offering someone to talk to, or somewhere to be safe.

The full sketch will air during Comic Relief: Funny for Money on Friday 15th March from 7pm on BBC One


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