COMIC RELIEF: David Tennant & Others Model New Red Noses For This Year's Appeal

David Tennant is among a host of stars who have come together to support Red Nose Day by donning an iconic Red Nose – now 100% plastic free for the first time ever – as they go on sale in selected Sainsbury’s across the UK and online.

David Tennant will be one of the hosts of this year's Comic Relief Red Nose Day television special, confirmed for Friday 19th March. He will co-present the BBC One fundraising extravaganza along with Alesha Dixon, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny Henry. 

A series of exclusive and never seen before photographs released today feature The Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French and some of the cast of Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime including Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Cooper, Daisy May Cooper, David Tennant, David Walliams, Jimmy Akingbola, Tom Hollander, Rosie Jones and Olivia Colman who strike their most regal poses with the 100% plastic-free, plant based Red Noses.

Katherine Ryan, Joe Lycett, Mo Gilligan and Karim Zeroual also beautifully model the Noses and other stylish items in the wider Sainsbury’s official Red Nose Day merchandise range including mugs, pin-badges, deely boppers, plush toys and more.

The new Red Noses, which took over 18 months to develop with Comic Relief’s longstanding partner Sainsbury’s, are made from a by-product of sugarcane called Bagasse and available in 10 fantastically fun woodland characters. The Noses cost £1.50 with at least 75p going to Comic Relief to help fund projects in the UK and around the world that help tackle issues such as homelessness, domestic abuse and mental health stigma, and support those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The official Red Nose Day merchandise range is now available in selected Sainsbury’s stores, sainsbury’  and

Judith Batchelar, Director of CR&S and Public Affairs at Sainsbury’s said: “We’re delighted to be working with our long-standing partner Comic Relief again this year to help those in need and collectively raise funds to support some of the most vulnerable people in the communities we serve, across the UK. For the first time ever, we are also proud to have developed a new 100% plastic free, plant-based Nose. This is just another example of Sainsbury’s commitment to reducing plastic in our business, alongside our target to halve plastic packaging by 2025”

As COVID-19 continues to affect people all over the world, there’s never been a better time to make a difference, no matter how big or small. By purchasing any of the Sainsbury’s official Red Nose Day merchandise range, shoppers will be helping support people in the UK and around the world, and help tackle hunger, homelessness, domestic abuse and mental health stigma.

In addition, fans of David's recent series Staged will be delighted to hear that he will be reuniting with Michael Sheen for an exclusive mini-episode of the hit lockdown comedy, to be shown on the night, while Dawn French will return as Geraldine Granger for a Vicar Of Dibley sketch. 

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