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Peter Kay to make first TV appearance in TWO YEARS

Peter Kay will make his first TV appearance in two years later this month on a three hour BBC charity show designed to lift the spirits of the nation and fundraise during the coronavirus pandemic.

The comedian, 46, will join a star-studded line-up for BBC One's The Big Night In, set to air on April 23, marking his return to television after his last appearance on Car Share in May 2018. 

Lenny Henry announced the exciting news - a joint venture between Children In Need and Comic Relief - on Tuesday's episode of The One Show.

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Comeback: Comeback: Peter Kay will make his first TV appearance in two years later this month on a three hour BBC charity show designed to lift the spirits of the nation and fundraise during the coronavirus pandemic (pictured in 2017)

Other stars who have signed up for the show include Catherine Tate and Gary Barlow. 

Speaking on The One Show, Lenny, 61, said: 'Peter Kay will be involved, there will be musical guests, it will just be a really fun night to cheer people up during the crisis.

'And of course if people want to donate, give a bit of money to help, they can, to help any of the small charities across the country, who help people of any age who need it.

'Even if you can't donate, just watch it will cheer you up.'

Last show: Peter's last TV appearance was on Car Share in May 2018 (pictured with Sian Gibson as Kayleigh)

The show will celebrate acts of kindness and community support during lockdown and feature entertainment and music.

There will also be celebrities helping out during the crisis and live music performances filmed from home - with the show adhering to all government imposed social distancing rules. 

Viewers will be able to donate if they are able to do so, with funds split between Children In Need and Comic Relief to support vulnerable people during the pandemic.     

A source told Mirror Online: 'We are delighted to get Peter involved as we know how many millions of fans he has.

Signed up: Singer Gary Barlow and comedian Catherine Tate are also on the line-up

'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.'

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said: '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.'    

UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: 'The Big Night In is a fantastic way to channel the amazing outpouring of generosity we are seeing from the British people. 

Event: Speaking on The One Show, Lenny, 61, said: 'Peter Kay will be involved, there will be musical guests, it will just be a really fun night to cheer people up during the crisis

He added: 'Even if you can't donate, just watch it will cheer you up' to hosts Alex Jones and Alex Scott

'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 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.'  

The announcement comes three weeks after Peter has cancelled his Dance For Life tour due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The comedian broke the news in a statement, less than a month after confirming he would be returning to the stage with his epic dance-a-thon to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Sad news: The announcement comes three weeks after Peter  cancelled his Dance For Life tour due to the Covid-19 outbreak (pictured 2010)

Peter's Dance For Life Tour would have been his long-awaited return to the spotlight after cancelling all of his work commitments in 2017 due to 'unforeseen family circumstances.' 

He said: 'Obviously this is disappointing news but well and truly justified given the circumstances. We'll get through this, together and then we'll all have a great big dance for life. Stay safe and look after yourselves and the people around you.'

A further statement from Peter said: 'Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and following Government advice, it is with deep regret that the forthcoming Peter Kay's Dance For Life shows are being postponed.

'We are looking to schedule the shows so please hold onto your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates.

'We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the safety of the public is paramount.'

Bad news: Peter announced the news in a statement to fans just weeks after first revealing his comeback tour

Exciting news: Last month the comedian announced that he would be returning to the stage in April to DJ at six charity dance-a-thon events 

Last month Peter announced that he would be returning to the stage in April to DJ at six charity dance-a-thon events.  

A post to the comedian's Twitter page this morning announced that the Dance For Life event - to raise month for Cancer Research UK - would return with Kay as the DJ in April and May.

Since his self-imposed hiatus, the Lancashire-born comic has rarely been seen in public but has promoted charity events. 

Big return: The Dance For Life event - to raise month for Cancer Research UK - was planned to return with Peter as the DJ

The Dance for Life JustGiving page stated that Kay 'was returning to the decks' for the events in Manchester, Liverpool and London.

He told Bolton News: 'I've honestly never had so much fun as I had working on Dance For Life.

'The atmosphere was so happy and positive; it really is a great way to raise money for the worthiest of causes. All people have to do is turn up and dance.'

Peter's last stage appearance was when he spoke to an audience gathered to see a charity screening of his BBC comedy Car Share in April 2018.

Absent: Since cancelling his tour and all work commitments due to 'unforeseen family circumstances' in 2017, Peter has been rarely seen (pictured in late December)

All the times Peter Kay broke his self-imposed hiatus after cancelling a tour for 'unforeseen family circumstances'

December 13 2017 - Kay announces that he will cancel all future work projects - including his Peter Kay Live: Have Gags Will Travel tour

March 29 2018 - Kay announces charity screening of Car Share

April 7 2018 -  He addressed the audience gathered to see the final charity screening

April 22 2019 - Kay is seen on a tram in Blackpool on Easter Monday. He was snapped grinning with the driver and conductor of the tram

September 27 2019 - Kay takes to Twitter to announce Phoenix Nights is coming to the big screen in aid of Cancer Research UK

December 27 2019 - Peter slammed Channel 5 for using an 'incredibly misleading title' for 'Peter Kay: In His Own Words' - a documentary on his life and career

December 27 2019 - He made an appearance at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre to watch X Factor star Chico and iconic duo Canon and Ball in a production of Peter Pan

December 29 2019 - Kay smiled for a photograph at the final performance of Nativity! The Musical in London 

January 2020 - Star confirmed that he's laid out plans for a movie version of Phoenix Nights - while speaking in pre-recorded footage shown at a charity screening of the series

February 2020 - Peter announces his comeback Dance For Life tour to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 

March 10 2020 - Peter is seen pumping air into his tyres on a rare outing in Preston, Lancashire

The three screenings were to raise money for The Lily Foundation, supporting children with mitochondrial disease, that the Phoenix Nights star had 'first-hand experience of'.

While he was first spotted Peter was photographed for the first time in eight months on December 27 when he made an appearance at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre to watch X Factor star Chico and iconic duo Canon and Ball in a production of Peter Pan.

TV personality Chico posted a picture of the four men together on his fitness page with the caption: 'When Peter Kay pops in to see us #panto with the legends that are Cannon and Ball life is complete.'

On December 29 he was seen looking in high spirits as he smiled for a photograph at the final performance of Nativity! The Musical in London.

Kay posed for the snap alongside the show's director Debbit Isitt, who later posted the photo on her Twitter page alongside a caption about the star.

She penned: 'So lovely to see the brilliant comic genius Peter Kay and his lovely family tonight for our final show! What a lovely surprise for us all!'

This came hours after Peter broke his social media silence to slam Channel 5 for using an 'incredibly misleading title' for a documentary on his life and career.

'Peter Kay: In His Own Words' aired on the channel, but doesn't feature any new interviews with the comedy legend.

A strongly-worded statement posted on the funnyman's official Twitter account hours before the programme aired stated that Peter wasn't involved with the two-hour documentary in any way.

Earlier this year, the star confirmed that he's laid out plans for a movie version of Phoenix Nights - while speaking in pre-recorded footage shown at a charity screening of the series, The Sun reports.

He said: 'People always ask, 'Will there be more Phoenix Nights?' and I can now confirm there won't — but I am thinking of a film.'

Rare sighting: In April 2019, Peter was seen on a tram in Blackpool. He was snapped grinning with the driver and conductor of the tram

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