Are you ready for the Love Actually sequel?

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Anna Brech

If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.

One of Britain’s most iconic romcoms is set for a comeback.

Love it or hate it – or merely find it a bit cheesy round the edges – Love Actually had all the ingredients of a runaway box office hit when it first hit our screens back in 2003.

There was the PM who stood up to the American president (amen) and worked his dad-style groove to Jump. The hapless best man, secretly pining for his mate’s new wife. An oddly articulate kid overcoming the death of his mum with a school crush.

Claudia Schiffer even got a look-in on the action, with a brief but much-hyped cameo.

Now, the original cast of Richard Curtis’ unashamedly mushy film is set to reunite, for a 2017 resurgence of those warm, fuzzy vibes.

Keira Knightley in Love Actually

Keira Knightley in Love Actually

But before you beat a path to your local cinema, it’s worth noting that this is a one-off special, which will be airing on TV. 

The short-film sequel, titled Red Nose Day Actually, is being made in support of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day fundraiser and will hit our screens March 24 on BBC One. 

Original cast members set to make a comeback in the one-time extravaganza include Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Lincoln, Lucia Moniz, Olivia Olson, Marcus Brigstocke and Rowan Atkinson.

It’s a good turn out, no doubt helped by the fact that Comic Relief trustee and co-creator Curtis is at the helm of the sequel – just as he was for the original film.

“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,” said Curtis, as he announced the comeback. “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.”

Comic Relief, Red Nose Day and Sport Relief have been running since the mid-1980s and have raised more than £1billion for a wide range of projects and charities since their inception. 

Photos: Rex Features

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.

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