Although the major part of this Comic Relief fundraising event is The Sport Relief Weekend from Friday 14 — Sunday 16 March, the fun has already started and there's lots to look forward to throughout the week. Here's a taste of what to expect:
- Leona Lewis, who went to South Africa to witness first hand the work that's being done with the funds, is releasing the official single "Footprints in the Sand" today. Buy the single and you can enjoy great music and help a great cause at the same time.
- Tune in to the Sport Portraits documentary tonight and tomorrow to see how six artists capture the personality of three sporting heroes: Sir Peter Blake and Gerald Scarfe take on boxer Ricky Hatton; Jack Vettriano and Rankin depict royal horse-rider Zara Phillips; and Stella Vine and ex-cricketer Jack Russell capture footballer Didier Drogba.
- On Wednesday you can watch the first part of Sport Relief Does The Apprentice. See how PopSugar UK favourite Kirstie Allsopp fares with her fellow female teammates against the group of male celebs as they go head to head in a challenge set by Sir Alan Sugar.
- As we reported on Saturday, David Walliams completed his 12 mile swim across the Strait of Gibraltar with champion rower James Cracknell last Friday. You can watch this feat, plus the rest of James' journey to Africa, by tuning in to BBC1 on Friday.
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The main day of TV-based fun is Friday, with such treats as:
- Top Garden Ground Gear Force — with the Top Gear guys tackling a top celeb sportsman's garden
- A Question of Sport Relief — with host Stephen Fry and team members Jonathan Ross and Greg Rusedski taking on Jimmy Carr and Pat Cash
- The final of Sport Relief Does The Apprentice
I'm particularly looking forward to Sport Relief Does Strictly Come Dancing. Tess and Bruce (isn't he fantastic for an 80-year-old?!) will host the special show, which will feature five sporting stars from previous series and five new recruits.
Mark Ramprakash, Matt Dawson, Denise Lewis, Roger Black and Darren Gough will return to the dancefloor, being joined by Eastenders' Kara Tointon and Gemma Bissix, the West End's Elaine Paige, Olympic long-jumper Jade Johnson and ex-footballer David Ginola.