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Richard Curtis, Martine McCutcheon and Hugh Grant on the set of Red Nose Day Actually

Love Actually fans will be glued to their TV screens on Friday night as the film’s short sequel hits Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day Actually will reunite most of the original cast in a short film which will show what has happened to the characters since 2003.

It’s one of several Comic Relief exclusives which organisers hope will help raise money for the charity.

Take That will also be hitting the road with James Corden for a special edition of Carpool Karaoke.

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Don’t worry Robbie – our newest member is working out well

Ed Sheeran has filmed a guest appearance in a new episode of BBC Three comedy People Just Do Nothing, which will also air on BBC One’s appeal night on Friday.

BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox has already completed a 24-hour dance-a-thon, which raised more than £1m.

Perhaps the person who faces the biggest challenge on Friday is Piers Morgan – who has promised to be quiet for the day.

The co-host of Good Morning Britain said he wouldn’t tweet for 24 hours if donations to his Shut Piers Up campaign reached £50,000.

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Comic Relief will also have appearances from Sir Lenny Henry, Emeli Sande, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Jonathan Ross, Rag’n’Bone Man and French & Saunders.

Viewers have also been promised new stand-up routines from Graham Norton and Russell Brand as well as a hot tub sketch involving Greg Davies (we might need a tea break during that one).

There will surely be a few surprises in store as well in the celebrity-packed evening.

This calls for a look back at just a few of the weird and wonderful things celebs have done in the name of Comic Relief in recent years:

Jessie J shaving her head

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For Jessie J in 2013, it was all about the money, money, money, she needed the money, money, money.

Money for Comic Relief that is, as she was sponsored to shave her head during the Red Nose Day appeal night.

Until then, the singer had been rocking a sleek black bob, but, true to her word, that soon became a totally shaven head.

She raised a whopping £500,000 for the charity. We salute you, Miss J.

Barlow’s Kilimanjaro climb

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In 2009, Gary Barlow roped in a whole load of his celebrity mates for a very impressive feat indeed.

He and eight famous friends climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as part of the Red Nose Climb.

Fearne Cotton, Chris Moyles, The artist formerly known as Cheryl Cole, Kimberly Walsh, Ben Shepherd, Alesha Dixon, Denise Van Outen and Ronan Keating joined him on the 5,895m (19,341 ft) climb.

They raised more than £3.5m and were invited to be congratulated by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah (pictured).

Dermot’s Dance-a-thon

Media captionDermot O’Leary told the BBC’s Mark Savage his mother said he had “never been a natural dancer”

While Sara Cox is one of the best things to ever happen to Radio 2, we can’t deny that Dermot got there first on the dance-a-thon front.

The X Factor host took to the concourse of BBC Broadcasting House in 2015 and danced for a full 24 hours, raising well over £600,000.

By the time he spoke to the BBC News website (above) he’d already heard Shake It Off by Taylor Swift four times. Talk about sacrifice.

The Hell and High Water Challenge

After the success of the Kilimanjaro climb, another celebrity group challenge was duly organised in 2013.

This one saw Melanie C, Jack Dee, Dara O’Briain, Chelsee Healey, Phillips Idowu and Greg James heading to the Zambezi river in Africa.

The Hell and High Water Challenge saw the group journey along the rough currents of the treacherous river for five days.

They raised more than £1m for Comic Relief in the process.

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