Peter Kay is set to make his first TV appearance in two years for a live BBC coronavirus charity night to lift the nation’s spirits.
Later this month, Peter Kay will make his first TV appearance in two years for a live three-hour charity spectacular on BBC.
For one night, Children In Need and Comic Relief are coming together for a star-studded event called The Big Night In on BBC One.
Phoenix Nights creator Peter Kay will be just one of the big names to be providing entertainment and laughter, all in the hopes of providing some much-needed light relief and lift the spirits of the nation during the coronavirus lockdown.
The funnyman hasn’t been seen on television since May 2018 in the second series of Car Share, although some of his work has been repackaged and called Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle.
The exciting news was announced on tonight’s The One Show by Lenny Henry. Kay, 46, will be starring alongside Catherine Tate and Gary Barlow.
A show source said: “We are delighted to get Peter involved as we know how many millions of fans he has.
“Peter is always keen to help when charities are involved and we can’t wait to see what he is lining up for the show. Fans will love seeing him back on TV.”
On Thursday 23 April, the program will be focusing on special acts of kindness and community support during these difficult times, as well as providing humour and entertainment.
The BBC says it will include “big surprises, ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, live music performances from the homes of artists and many of your favourite faces coming together (whilst safely apart)”, whilst aiming to do something for people who deserve something special for working around the country at the moment.
As well as giving viewers the opportunity to donate money, for those that feel they can during this time, it will be helping support vulnerable people across all ages and backgrounds across the UK who have been significantly affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Any funds raised on the night will be split between BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief, which will provide essential support to local charities, projects and programmes which have been launched across the UK to help those in need.
Not only will this funding provide vital emergency support to ensure that vulnerable people of all ages are safe, warm and fed, it will also ensure that these groups can continue to learn and stay connected in order to combat concerns of isolation and loneliness during the lockdown.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, stated: “BBC One will bring the nation together for this special one-off live charity event. I would like to thank both BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief for joining forces in these unprecedented times to provide their support to local charities, projects and programmes across the whole UK; and to all of the stars taking part in this unmissable night of entertainment when the country needs it most.”
BBC One has yet to confirm which other celebrities and performers will be taking part of the lineup for The Big Night In.
UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden added: “The Big Night In is a fantastic way to channel the amazing outpouring of generosity we are seeing from the British people.
“It’s brilliant to see BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief coming together for the first time to ensure help gets to those that need it most and to celebrate those who are going above and beyond in their communities.
“We’re working with the BBC and others to ensure this event is a huge success. As the government develops further measures, we will work together to coordinate our efforts in the battle against coronavirus and remind everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”