If you've ever wondered what happened to the characters of Richard Curtis's festive classic Love Actually after that emotional airport montage finished and the credits rolled, you're in luck: over a decade later, the writer is revisiting the film for a short sequel in aid of Comic Relief.
The 10 minute TV special, titled Red Nose Day Actually, will air on BBC One on 24th March in time for Red Nose Day, and will see our plenty of our favourite stars reprising their (at least in our eyes) iconic roles.
'I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to,' Curtis said of the project when it was announced back in February. 'Who has aged best? I guess that’s the big question … or is it so obviously Liam?'
'We’ve been delighted and grateful that so many of the cast are around and able to take part – and it’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and recreating their characters 14 years later,' he continued.
First things first: is Hugh Grant returning as the Prime Minister?
We're delighted to inform you that not only is Richard Curtis' favourite leading man (tied in first place with Colin Firth) back for Red Nose Day Actually, his character David is still the Prime Minister - which is a nice alternate reality to ponder, no? - and he's still happily married to Martine McCutcheon's Natalie.
Love Actually screenwriter Emma Freud dropped the spoiler on her Twitter account when Hugh's scenes were filmed earlier this month, and Martine has since gone on the record to confirm that yes, there will be more dad dancing from Hugh.
Which other cast members are taking part in the Love Actually sequel?
Alongside Hugh Grant as the much-memed Prime Minister, we'll also see Colin Firth, Lucia Munoz, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Rowan Atkinson, Marcus Brigstocke, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson back on board to prove once again that love actually is all around.
Screenwriter Emma Freud, who is Curtis's partner, has shared behind-the-scenes photos on Twitter, including a shot of Thomas Brodie-Sangster and his on-screen stepfather Liam Neeson, who is wearing - you guessed it - a roll neck jumper.
There's also a snap of the pair filming in an instantly recognisable location: the bench overlooking the Thames, where Sangster's Sam bemoaned 'the total agony of being in love' 14 years ago.
Sam's vocally gifted love interest Joanna is back on the scene, too, almost unrecognisable from her screen debut.
Where's the trailer for Love Actually 2?
Comic Relief has released the first teaser trailer for the sequel, starring Andrew Lincoln and his infamous hand-written cards. This time, though, instead of trying to problematically win over Keira Knightley's Juliet with his messages, he's asking us, 'without hope or agenda', to tune in next Friday 'for a very special reunion.' Playing in the background is 'God Only Knows' by The Beach Boys which, of course, is the musical accompaniment to Love Actually's closing airport scene.
Leading up to Red Nose Day BBC released a full-length trailer, featuring our favourite cast members including Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley. See the Trailer below:
Which actors are not taking part in the reunion?
Absent from the reunion are Emma Thompson (whose storyline opposite Alan Rickman is one of the film's most moving), Martin Freeman, Joanna Page and Kris Marshall.
The filmmaker revealed that the short sequel will not pay tribute to Rickman, who sadly passed away last year.
Asked by the Press Association whether he had planned a tribute for the late actor, Curtis explained, 'You know dealing with Alan is very complicated, so not really.'
'Ems [Thompson] isn't in it. She just can't do it,' he added. The actress later confirmed that it would be 'too sad' and 'too soon' for her to return to Love Actually, explaining that 'It's supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn't much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend really only just over a year ago.'
Kris Marshall told the Mirror that he received an email from Curtis explaining, 'Look, we’re making a charity, where-are-they-now movie of Love Actually, but I didn’t have the time or the budget to go and see where your character went.' Curtis went on to joke to the Radio Times that Marshall's character Colin Frizzell was probably 'in prison now.'
When can we watch Love Actually 2?
Red Nose Day Actually will air on BBC on Red Nose Day (Friday 24th March), though the exact time is yet to be announced. If you have better things to do on a Friday night (and if so, we implore you to reflect on your priorities) then you'll be able to catch the 10-minute clip on BBC iPlayer, along with more Comic Relief fun. American fans of the festive classic will have to wait until Thursday 25th May to watch the short special on NBC.
What will happen in the sequel?
In the meantime, we have plenty of questions. Did Andrew Lincoln's Mark win over Keira Knightley's character in the end? Given the inherent creepiness of his methods, we hope not. Was Hugh Grant's PM embroiled in an expenses scandal, and what does he think of Trump? Have Colin Firth's rudimentary Portuguese skills improved through the years? All will - presumably - be revealed...