Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel brings back Hugh Grant, and a plot twist

Trailer: One Red Nose Day And A Wedding

The short film, written and directed by Richard Curtis for the annual Red Nose Day fundraiser, brings the whole gang back together, including Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.

Four Weddings and a Funeral the sequel has arrived, just in time for the romantic comedy's 25th anniversary - and for a good cause.

The short film, called One Red Nose Day And A Wedding, brought screen lovers Hugh Grant, 58, and Andie MacDowell, 60, back together for British television's Red Nose Day 2019 charity special.

The sequel was set 25 years after the original and featured Grant's Charles and MacDowell's Carrie as a longtime married couple in church to celebrate their daughter Miranda's wedding (played by Lily James) to Faith (played by Alicia Vikander).

Andie Macdowell and Hugh Grant during the filming of One Red Nose Day and a Wedding.
Andie Macdowell and Hugh Grant during the filming of One Red Nose Day and a Wedding. Photo: AP

The film was part of the Red Nose Day annual fundraiser, a charity co-founded by Curtis, who wrote and directed Four Weddings. Curtis wrote the new film and brought the band back together.

In previews for the program, Grant called the televised nuptials "the wedding of the year."

The return brought back cast members Kristin Scott Thomas, John Hannah, James Fleet, David Haig, Sophie Thompson, David Bower, Robin McCaffrey, Anna Chancellor, Rupert Vansittart, Simon Kunz and Sara Crowe (not to mention a bizarre bit by Sam Smith... definitely not in the original).

As Charles and Carrie looked on, Faith and Miranda were wed by the blundering vicar Father Gerald (Rowan Atkinson, returning from the original).

This year's special raised over £63 million (A$118 million) as part of a push to help vulnerable children and young people in the UK and across the world.

More than £1.3 billion has been raised by Comic Relief since it began in 1985.

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Bodyguard stars also got back together to take a subtle swipe at Prime Minister Theresa May in a sketch for Red Nose Day.

Richard Madden appeared as David Budd in the short film, acting as close protection officer for Joanna Lumley's overtly flirtatious PM, similar to the romantic plotline of the series.

The sketch mocked the election slogans of Mrs May, with Lumley demanding Madden be "strong and stable" in his role and not "weak and wobbly".

Keeley Hawes also made an appearance to ask: "Do you know if I'm in series two?"

Steve Coogan was among the celebrities reprising favourite roles, returning as Alan Partridge in an evening of star-studded comedy.

There were also serious messages from host and Comic Relief co-creator Sir Lenny Henry, who said he could not believe the continued use of food banks in the UK.

He also shared condolences with the family of Louis Tomlinson after the death of his sister and the relatives of those killed in the Christchurch shootings.

USA Today, AAP

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