Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Laugh a McCALL Laugh a Minute

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Laugh a McCALL Laugh a Minute

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Bumbling Bean's back He was one of the stand-out stars at the 2012 London Olympics' Opening Ceremony, and now Mr Bean is set to steal the limelight at Face The Funny, too.

Rowan Atkinson's beloved bumbling character returns to Red Nose Day for the first time in eight years in a suitably madcap adventure with actors Ben Miller and Rebecca Front.

"The sketch takes place at a funeral," reveals Rebecca. "Viewers might expect a sombre occasion, but with Mr Bean you know that something's going to go wrong. Working with Rowan and writer Richard Curtis was a pleasure."

Bop till he drops Dermot O'Leary is limbering up for his 24-Hour Day Of Dance. The music-mad radio DJ and X Factor host will start busting moves non-stop on Thursday night's The One Show at New Broadcasting House, before bopping through the streets of central London and on to the London Palladium for a thrilling finale on Face The Funny.

"When I came up with the idea I was in the middle of a dancefloor on holiday, where you never want the music to end," explains Dermot, 41.

"But now I'm back in the freezing cold UK with less disco lights and a lot more bruises, it doesn't seem quite as appealing.

"I'm going to need all the support I can possibly get from the public to keep me going."

TRAINING: Dermot has a stretch Little treat David Walliams features in an exclusive mini-episode of Little Britain, alongside special guest stars Professor Stephen Hawking and Catherine Tate. He reprises his role as carer Lou, who finds himself looking after the world-famous physics boffin instead of his usual sidekick Andy. "I had an extraordinary two days in Cambridge shooting it," recalls David, 43. "Meeting and working with Stephen was a career highlight for me. On the night I'll also be involved in an extremely exciting top secret sketch!" Coolest thing I've ever done COMIC RELIEF: OPERATION HEALTH Thur BBC1 9pm Red Nose Day raises millions for good causes, but how does the cash get spent? …

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