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23rd Nov 2022

A Love Actually reunion is officially happening

Sarah McKenna Barry

We can’t cope with this news

Without a shadow of a doubt, Love Actually has entered the history books as one of the best Christmas films of all time. Sure, it hasn’t aged well – those fatphobic jokes were completely needless – but the movie, with its iconic cast of characters and quotable moments remains a favourite to this day.

Imagine our delight then to learn that the film’s stars are set to reunite this Christmas season.

That’s right, ABC will mark the film’s 20th anniversary with a one-hour special, examining its legacy.

For the show, titled ‘The Laughter & Secrets of ‘Love Actually,’ 20 Years Later’, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy and Thomas Brodie-Sangster will chat with news anchor Diane Sawyer as they reflect on the film.

Martine McCutcheon will make a virtual appearance, and Love Actually’s writer Richard Curtis will also swing by.

And, perhaps best of all, musical entertainment will be provided by Olivia Olson, whose childhood cover of ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ remains a favourite festive song of many.

The show will air in the US next Tuesday 29 November, but until then, a snippet from the special shows Emma Thompson reflecting on how she first felt when she saw the film.

She says: “Hugh came up behind me, we were walking out, and he said, ‘Was that the most psychotic thing we’ve ever been in?'”

The camera then cuts to an embarrassed Hugh Grant, who shifts in his seat and says, “Did I say that?”

Hugh also recalls seeing his famous Downing Street dance to Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters: “I saw it in the script and thought, ‘Well, I’ll hate doing that.'”

He also spills that it as his idea to have his moment ruined by the secretary lady in the background, who catches him off-guard.

Elsewhere in the trailer, Laura Linney talks about how the love in the film wasn’t necessarily positive.

“There was real legitimate heartache in that movie,” she says.

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