Once upon a time, screenwriter Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill," "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Love Actually") founded the charity Comic Relief to raise money for various causes by making the public laugh. Who is better suited to head up such an aptly-titled charity than a man who wrote this line?
This year, Curtis is the executive producer of "Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas," which will air on Christmas Eve on BBC2. The special stars Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter ("The Crown"), Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Queen's Gambit"), David Walliams, Tom Hollander ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), Guz Khan (Hulu's "Four Weddings and a Funeral") and more.
Pantomimes are big in the U.K.; they're different from plays in that they encourage audience participation by breaking down the fourth wall that is so sacred to a performance. The stars will often go off-script and have fun with their characters. If the pantomime involves music, it's especially great for families because the cast will encourage singing along from the audience.
In the clip below, Hollander and Khan are talking about buying a horse. Colman jumps in to comment that there "better not be someone famous" under that horse mask, otherwise casting "really wasted a cameo." She's not wrong, even if the comment was unsolicited.
The special will air on BBC2 at 8:15 p.m. local time Dec 24.
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