The reunion of “Love Actually” brings back the holiday cheer to television.

November 30 is the scheduled meeting with the cast.

The New York Times called it a “indigestible Christmas pudding” when it was released in the U.K. back in November 2003, and the Guardian called it “garbage,” but audiences rewarded it with excellent box office results, though divided between those who thought it was simultaneously honeyed and enjoyable and those who thought it was awful. But as the years have gone by and the numerous TV replays have persisted, Love Actually has earned a coveted spot among the films to watch over the holidays, invading our houses’ Christmas customs and sitting ideally between the tree and the panettone.The centerpiece or decoration you made in elementary school, which you know is terrible but still use because you find it comforting and because it transports you to a time when life was simpler and full of enchantment. The romantic comedy, which wove a number of love tales set in London around December 25, is now approaching its 20th birthday and will commemorate the significant milestone with a TV special on ABC.

The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later is an event that will take place on Nov. 30 and be hosted by Diane Sawyer. It will involve a reunion of some of the original cast members. Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, and director Richard Curtis will get the chance to reunite. The special will “explore how the movie has become a beloved Christmas tradition and global sensation, with new insights into behind-the-scenes secrets and iconic scenes,” according to the network. It will also “show how the COVID-19 pandemic has reoriented the ways we love and relate, as well as the ubiquitous acts of kindness within our families and communities.” The performers’ interactions and memories will undoubtedly be the most anticipated moments for fans, much like they were for the Friends reunion. For instance, the teaser reveals that Hugh Grant detested filming the scene in which he dances to the Pointer Sisters’ Jump (For My Love) and that, after seeing the Love Actually premiere, he asked Emma Thompson, “Is it the most crazy thing we’ve ever been in?” Do you also want to know what he said when the host asked him to finish the statement “Love Actually is”? The celebrity responds, “dead,” in his trademark British humor.

On November 30 at 1:00 a.m. UK time on ABC, The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later will air. It will be intriguing to hear the cast members discuss their time on set, but just in case it turns out to be a little upsetting to see how time has changed how we remember their roles, we always have the original movie. Pressing the play button will allow us to watch Mark profess his love for Juliet through a series of handwritten signs, the British prime minister having a wild time inside Downing Street, Sam falling in love for the first time, or Karen sobbing because she believes she has lost her love. After all, we are aware that Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Love Actually.


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