Blue Peter renamed Red Peter for Red Nose Day!

10th March 2023

  • Blue Peter to be renamed for an epic Red Nose Day special

  • One off Red Nose Day special to feature world record attempts, challenges, musical performances by Fleur East, behind the scenes sneak peaks, and much more

  • Red Peter will air on Red Nose Day on Friday 17 March, on CBBC, CBeebies and iPlayer at 5pm

Friday 10th March: In a historical first, the much-loved children’s TV show Blue Peter will be named Red Peter for one day only on Friday 17 March, the day of this year’s Red Nose Day.

For the special episode, the Blue Peter team pull out all the stops to make it a jam-packed Red Nose Day extravaganza not to miss, with world record attempts, daring challenges, musical performances and much, much more.

Blue Peter presenters, Mwaksy, Joel and Abby will be joined in the studio by CBBC faces, as they attempt to set an ambitious – and very messy – Guinness World Record for the most shaving cream pies thrown in different faces in one minute.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Fleur East will treat viewers to a performance of her new single, ‘Count the Ways’. Meanwhile the presenters will be going behind the scenes in the Red Nose Day studio to get a sneak peek into the Red Nose Day night of TV which will air on BBC One later the same evening. The team will also showcase hundreds of children’s Red Nose character designs that have been created by viewers via the CBBC Creative Lab game in the lead up to Red Nose Day.

Ellen Evans, Blue Peter Editor, said: “Blue Peter has a history of empowering young audiences to make a difference and help others through our famous appeals. From dressing up, to baking cakes, every year children across the UK join forces with Blue Peter to support Red Nose Day and this year’s special Red Peter promises to be a show not to be missed! We’ll be joined by stars from Jamie Johnson, The Dumping Ground and Danny & Mick, so I can’t wait to see how many get pied to help us attempt to set a new Official Guinness World Record!"

Mwaksy Mudenda said: “We are well and truly getting in the Red Nose Day spirit this year and I’m so excited to be part of our biggest Red Nose Day special ever. I’m most excited for the shaving cream pie in the face challenge, hopefully I won’t be on the receiving end of them and seeing all the fantastic things our viewers are up to around the country. It’s going to be an absolute blast!"

During the episode viewers will also learn how their fantastic fundraising efforts really do make a life changing difference. They will see Joel meet young people from Stable Life, an organisation in Scotland that uses Red Nose Day donations to support children and young people with their mental health through their Healing Hooves Programme.

Samir Patel, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “As a staple in our household, it’s hard to say for sure who is the more excited about such a fun collaboration – me or the kids. For 65-years Blue Peter has been a constant on our TV screens, inspiring, entertaining, and educating generation after generation. We’re extremely humbled to be given the chance to join forces in such a unique way. From world record attempts to sky diving challenges, live performances and Red Nose Day fun in the CBBC Creative Lab, it feels like the perfect way to help kick start our evening of entertainment on Friday 17 March."

And that’s not all – viewers also have the chance to get their hands on the collar belonging to Henry, Blue Peter’s loveable dog, as part of the BBC’s Telly Treasures Giveaway. The initiative, which is running across the BBC, is giving viewers on opportunity to win and own a piece of TV magic, for Red Nose Day.

Red Peter(opens in new window) will air on Friday 17 March, on CBBC, CBeebies and iPlayer at 5pm.

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Blue Peter is produced by CBBC Studios Kids & Family.



Photos: stills of Mwaksy, Joel and Abby modelling the new Red Nose. Available here(opens in new window)


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About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 17 March 2023.

Once a year, we all come together to help those who need it most – and we have a great time doing it. So, this year, whether you bake a cake or sponsor your mates, buy a Red Nose or donate on your phone, let’s make Red Nose Day the best day ever. Together we can help people going through the toughest times of their lives and help them break free from the effects of poverty, in the UK and around the world.

Whatever you’re able to do this year - you’ll be part of something incredible and most importantly you’ll be helping to change people’s lives for the better. Visit in new window) or follow @ComicRelief on social media for the latest Red Nose Day content, news and information.

Red Nose Day is an initiative of Comic Relief.

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Comic Relief uses the power of humour and popular culture to engage people to help others and raises money to support organisations working towards a just world free from poverty.

Our mission combines Comic and Relief. We believe that helping others can be easy and fun, even in the face of the challenges we face every day.

Everyone should be able to have a decent standard of living and to live life with dignity and respect – but right now, in the UK and around the world, poverty and injustice restrict too many of us. We know that a better world is possible. We provide funding to fantastic organisations who are closest to the communities who can make change happen. We support work that will help to alleviate poverty’s consequences, tackle related injustices, and address the link between climate change and poverty.

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