Television - Russell Brand’s Give It Up Gig for Comic Relief (BBC One, Friday, March 8, 11.35pm)

Comedian, actor and presenter Russell Brand fronts a star-studded music and comedy gig in aid of this month’s charity event. It features musical performances by the likes of Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Jessie J, Kasabian, Nicole Scherzinger, Noel Gallagher, Paloma Faith and Rizzle Kicks. The comedy part comes courtesy of Jimmy Carr, Jason Manford, Doc Brown, Eddie Izzard, Noel Fielding, Simon Amstell and, of course, Brand himself.

Look out for: The serious bits. It might all seem like fun and games, but it’s important to remember what brought so many greats from the worlds of mirth and music together - it’s a charity fundraiser, with all proceeds from the show being used to help support people affected by drug and alcohol addiction. It’s a subject close to the host’s heart.

Brand told Newsnight last year: “The things that I did when I was using and drinking were fathomless and boundless and nonsensical. Anyone that knows someone who’s suffering from this disease will think ‘well why would they do that?’ But I think there’s a deep sadness and malady that people are trying to address with drugs”.