‘Best moment of the night!’ Comic Relief fans left in stitches as Dawn French’s fringe PARTS and her turtle neck grows as she mimics Claudia Winkleman in The Traitors sketch
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Comic Relief fans praised The Traitors sketch on Friday evening.
The BBC One parody began with Dawn French taking on Claudia Winkelman’s role as host, channeling the presenter’s trademark blunt fringe and eyeliner.
Comedian Dawn, 65, parted her fringe with a curtain rope, while her giant turtle neck jumper got increasingly larger as she mimicked Claudia, 51, in the hilarious spoof.
Throughout the skit, the Vicar of Dibley star Dawn showed off a variety of gloves, beginning with fingerless red leather pair, before switching to a striped knit pair.
Next she wore red boxing gloves before changing into yellow marigold rubber gloves, then pink oven mitts as well as giant sports fan gloves.
So good! Comedian Dawn French parted her fringe with a curtain rope as she mimicked Claudia Winkleman in the hilarious The Traitors spoof for Comic Relief
The real deal: The parody began with Dawn taking on Claudia Winkelman’s role as host, channeling her trademark blunt fringe and eyeliner (Pictured: Claudia hosting The Traitors)
Genius: Dawn’s giant turtle neck jumper got increasingly larger shot by shot in the skit
At the end of the skit, The Traitor’s real host Claudia took over and revealed that she was wearing Goalkeeper gloves.
Viewers were enthralled with the celebrity Red Nose Day sketch, and quickly took to Twitter to heap praise on all of those involved, but especially Dawn.
One viewer wrote: ‘Dawn French in Claudia Winkleman’s giant turtleneck getting larger with every shot is cinematic PERFECTION #ComicRelief #RedNoseDay #TheTraitors.’
‘The Traitors comic relief special. Dawn French as Claudia is already making me howl with the neck on her jumper getting bigger #thetraitors #comicrelief,’ admitted another.
Someone else tweeted: ‘Loving #DawnFrench and her polo neck etc. #TheTraitors #ComicRelief,’ while another fan confessed: ‘No I’m howling at Dawn French pulling her fringe apart #TheTraitors #ComicRelief.’
‘The changing gloves and the fringe pulling apart like a curtain finished me off,’ concluded one highly entertained viewer.
The Traitors Red Nose Day sketch brought together a host of familiar faces as former contestants mingled with celebrities in a hilarious skit.
As Dawn began to interrogate the ‘contestants’ it emerged that Stephen Merchant, Danny Dyer, Big Zuu, Mary Berry, Ewan McGregor and Alison Hammond were the celebrity guests.
Spot the difference! Throughout the skit, the Vicar of Dibley star Dawn showed off a variety of gloves, beginning with fingerless red leather pair, before switching to a striped knit pair
Iconic: Claudia became known for her unusual gloves and statement style in her role as The Traitors host (pictured)
Fan reaction: Viewers were enthralled with the celebrity Red Nose Day sketch, and quickly took to Twitter to heap praise on all of those involved, but especially Dawn
Fans were waiting to watch the skit since Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis announced the news during Claudia Winkleman’s Radio 2 show.
The camera cut to Danny saying that he ‘recognised’ a fellow traitor ‘from Walford’, with season one fan favourite Maddy Smedley making a surprise cameo as she ripped off her hood and explained her history on the show.
On Maddy’s season she came under suspicion when she confessed that she was an actress who had appeared in one episode of EastEnders – where she played a homeless woman named Rita – and in one episode of Casualty where she played a woman without a womb.
The next contestant to reveal themselves on the parody was Wilfred Webster, who nearly won the jackpot on season one before being exposed at the very last minute.
Claudia told the BBC: ‘I can’t wait for people to see this sketch. I’m so grateful to Comic Relief for putting the whole thing together. I feel like I’m in an alternate universe, and I like it.’
Richard added: ‘I’m unbelievably excited about this sketch. The Traitors is the most brilliant reality show of all time, and I hope that we can mercilessly tear it apart.
‘There’s a very impressive group of actors who gathered together to destroy the reputation of Claudia Winkleman and the BBC in aid of Comic Relief.’
Season one of The Traitors came to a nail-biting end in December 2022 with Faithfuls Hannah Byczkowski, Aaron Evans and Meryl Williams emerging victorious after exposing Wilf as a Traitor at the very last moment.
Looking good: The parody began with Dawn French taking on Claudia Winkleman’s role as host, channelling the presenter’s trademark blunt fringe and eyeliner
Unmasked: As Dawn began to interrogate the ‘contestants’ it emerged that Stephen Merchant, Danny Dyer, Mary Berry and Alison Hammond (pictured) were the celebrity guests
One to watch: The Traitors fan favourite Maddy Smedly reunited with EastEnders ‘co-star’ Danny Dyer as celebrities and former contestants came together for a Red Nose Day skit
Guess who’s back: The next contestant to reveal themselves on the parody was Wilfred Webster, who nearly won the jackpot on season one before being exposed at the last minute
Proving it was popular amongst fans, the series closed on a high of 3.2million viewers during its tense finale.
The Red Nose Day live telethon took place on Friday 17 March on BBC One, hosted by AJ Odudu and Joel Dommett, alongside Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuiness and David Tennant.
The slogan of the campaign, which was created by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry’s Comic Relief in 1988, is ‘Do something funny for money.’
As well as The Traitors special, viewers will be treated by the sight of Kylie Minogue is in a parody of the TV show Ghosts and a spoof of Love Island.
Sam Ryder, who was the UK’s Eurovision entry in 2022 and nearly won the competition, starred in a sketch with Graham Norton.
The Prince of Wales, 41, worked with charity Groundswell, which is funded by Comic Relief, on a short film which was broadcast as part of the annual fundraising appeal on Friday.
In the thought-provoking programme, which aired on BBC One and is available on iPlayer, the royal sat down with Nawshin and Miles, who have both experienced homelessness first-hand as they recorded a podcast as part of Groundswell’s Listen Up! project.
Some challenges took place ahead of the broadcast in order to raise more funds.
One to watch: Season one of The Traitors came to a nail-biting end in December 2022 and the series closed on a high of 3.2million viewers during its tense finale
Emma Willis, Rylan Clark and Oti Mabuse have braved the elements to climb to the summit of Cairn Gorm Mountain in the Scottish Highlands, all for charity.
The expedition aired on the BBC on 14 March, and saw Emma, Oti and Rylan take on wild camping, and – equipped with ice axes and crampons – battle the ever-changing elements to summit Cairn Gorm Mountain.
The trio spent three days and two nights hiking over the brutal landscape of the Cairn Gorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands, immersed in a vast wintery landscape with no roads and little shelter.
Comic Relief Night of TV aired on Friday March 17 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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