Scotland’s Comic Relief kicks off Gary Tank Commander style


COMIC Relief is set to get the Gary: Tank Commander treatment this year.

Actor Greg McHugh, who plays the starring role in the hit BBC show, said he was hoping to bring some Tank Commander-style humour to the fundraising effort.

Greg, accompanied by Carol Smillie and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, were in Edinburgh yesterday to kick off the campaign.

He said: “I’ve been speaking to the boys about some Gary: Tank Commander ideas for comic Relief so let’s just see what happens.”

Piper Stewart Cassels revealed that the Red Hot Chilli Pipers were also working on something special for the occasion.

He said: “We’re very much looking forward to March 18th we’ve already got red noses and our cool t-shirts.

“On March 18th itself we are going to be coming up with new jokes and sketches for the band I think to try and support Comic Relief in the best way we know possible.

“We should come up with a comic relief tune as well, that would be good.”

Carol Smillie added: “There’s lots of things I could do that would be hilariously funny to me and my friends, not perhaps to the wider audience or that I’d want anyone to see but I’m thinking of downing a bottle of wine, it’s a Friday night, and seeing how I look after that because it would be really funny.”

The stars were urging people all over Scotland to join in and do something funny for money for this year’s Red Nose Day.

Last year a massive £3.4 million was raised and since then Comic Relief has funded over 53 projects in the country.

A selection of monster red noses are available at Sainsbury’s, Oxfam and online at and cost £1 each with at least 70p going to Comic Relief.

Special Red Nose Day t-shirts by Vivienne Westwood are also available from TK Maxx.

This year’s campaign is set to culminate in a brilliant night of TV on Friday 18th March on BBC One at 7pm.

The line-up of presenters has been revealed as Kevin Bridges, James Corden, Fearne Cotton, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Michael McIntyre, Graham Norton, Jonathan Ross, Jack Whitehall and Claudia Winkleman.

Davina McCall said: “I am so excited to be part of Red Nose Day again this year, it’s always such a privilege to be involved.

“The British public really knows how to have a laugh and raising money along the way for such a fantastic charity makes it even more worthwhile.

“I’ve been lucky enough to see many of the amazing projects that Comic Relief funds both in the UK and Africa so have seen the difference it can make to people’s lives. “

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