Comic Relief

The countdown is officially on for Comic Relief 2015. For one night only, some of the biggest stars on the planet will join forces all in the name of a good cause. Expect to have your funny bones tickled courtesy of Mr Bean and a Great British Bake Off like no other featuring celebrities Jonathan Ross and Gok Wan.

The charity extravaganza - a roster of fun designed to inspire the nation to give generously - takes place on 13 March and you do not even have to leave your sofa to be part of the fundraising action. It is already shaping up to be a epic night, so here's all you need to know.

Where will it be happening?

The annual telethon, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be marked with a live broadcast, Face The Funny, at the London Palladium on 13 March.

Who will be hosting?

Comedian Lenny Henry, who co-found the charity with Richard Curtis in 1985 response to a famine in Ethiopia, has been enlisted for hosting duties along with Davina Mccall.

Who will be performing?

Expect to see some pretty impressive performers, with John Bishop, Eddie Izzard, Davina McCall and David Walliams taking the stage for a reinvention of the Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen sketch and X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary finishing his 24-hour dance marathon live.

One Direction recently announced that comedians Jack Dee, Nick Helm, Patrick Kielty, Vic Reeves and Johnny Vegas will be impersonating them in the 'No Direction' tribute band.

How can I watch live?

The show will air live on BBC1 on 13 March. Tune in from 7pm, when all the madness kicks off.

How can I donate on the night?

Donations can be made via the Red Nose Day website or via the donation helpline.

Where does the money go?

Since the launch of Comic Relief on Christmas Day 1985, the appeal has raised a staggering £960m ($1.4bn) for good causes. It is expected to break the £1bn mark following this campaign. The money has gone towards to helping disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. The charity is committed to improving health and education in Africa.