Comic Relief has come over all nostalgic for its next Red Nose Day as it jumps in a time machine and travels back to 2003 for a brand new film, Red Nose Day Actually – which started production today – which sees the original cast of Love Actually reuniting for a few (ageing) giggles in aid of a good cause.

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The short film, which is taken from an original script by Writer and Director Richard Curtis, has original cast members Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson all reprising their original roles. Delving back into the lives of our much-loved characters, 14 years later, for a glimpse of where they are now.

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We can only hope Hugh and Martine are still together with Hugh still sticking it to the Americans, Will Bill Nighy still be draped in sexy young females refusing to give up his rock n roll lifestyle. Has Keira left her husband to shack up with his best mate played by Andrew Lincoln? We are also predicting/hoping for a touching tribute to the late great Alan Rickman who will be sorely missed from the reunion.

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Richard Curtis said, “Over the years I’ve enjoyed doing Red Nose Day specials of TV things I’ve worked on – “Blackadder”, “The Vicar of Dibley” and “Mr Bean”. It seemed like a fun idea this year to do a special sketch based one of my films since Red Nose Day is now in both the UK and America. I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to.  Who has aged best? – I guess that’s the big question… or is it so obviously Liam?   We’ve been delighted and grateful that so many of the cast are around and able to take part – and it’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and recreating their characters 14 years later. We hope to make something that’ll be fun – very much in the spirit of the original film and of Red Nose Day – and which we hope will help bring lots of viewers and cash to the Red Nose Day shows.

Below are the first few images from the filming of the Love Actually (sort of sequel) which sees step-dad and son Liam Neeson and Thomas-Brodie-Sangster on Southbank – one of the iconic locations used into the original movie.

Red Nose Day Actually will be broadcast as part of the live Red Nose Day 2017 show on Friday 24th March on BBC One.

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