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Coverage of the 80th Royal Variety Performance. Performers include Take That, Rihanna, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Peter Kay, Jimmy Carr and the cast of The Lion King.

A host of celebrities and artists from the worlds of music, comedy and theatre come together for the annual highlight of the showbiz calendar, the Royal Variety Performance. Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the show returns to the iconic London Palladium to be performed in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Headlining for 2008 are pop heart throbs Take That, cementing their place as the UK's comeback kings.

Temperatures are set to soar with the Pussycat Dolls and r'n'b Umbrella diva Rihanna. International singing sensation Leona Lewis makes her Royal debut, as does glamourous Welsh soul songstress Duffy.

The Britain's Got Talent winner, George Sampson, performs a brand new dance routine. Housewives' favourite John Barrowman returns to the stage and American music sensation Naturally 7 offer an amazing acapella performance.

Pop veterans Cliff Richard and the Shadows get together especially for the show as they prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary and the multi Grammy-nominated Josh Groban and BBC Last Choir Standing victors Only Men Aloud perform a one-off duet.

The nation's much-loved comedian Peter Kay returns to the Royal Variety Performance with his Northern Irish talent show-winning alter ego Geraldine McQueen.

Other top comedy comes from award-winning comic Jimmy Carr, banter merchant Michael McIntyre, double act Armstrong and Miller and funny man Rhod Gilbert.

The Royal Variety Performance is an annual charity event in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 31 Jan 2009 19:50


  • Wed 17 Dec 2008 19:30
  • Sat 31 Jan 2009 19:50