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It’s now Five Weddings and a Red Nose as hit film is revived at Angel church

Hollywood stars, including Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell and Kristin Scott Thomas, take part in Comic Relief sequel to classic rom-com

08 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant in the sequel at St James’ Church, in Angel. Pictures: @gregwilliamsphotography

CAST and crew from the giddy rom-com that launched Hugh Grant’s career have reunited… in an Islington church.

Rowan Atkinson, Andie MacDowell and Kristin Scott Thomas were among the cast brought together in St James’ Church, in Angel, by Love Actually and Notting Hill writer Richard Curtis to film a sequel to his 1990s hit Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Mr Atkinson’s character, Father Gerald, famously slips up in the original film when he calls on the “holy goat” to bless Bernard and Lydia’s wedding and then describes the bride as the “awful wedded wife”.

Mr Curtis appears to have re-created a familiar set-up for the 14-minute Comic Relief sequel.

Kristin Scott Thomas

The script and most of the plot is being kept strictly under wraps, but it is believed that a child of one of the couples from the first film is being married.

St James’ Father John Burniston supported Mr Atkinson for his role as a priest in the 14-minute film and even helped out with religious garments for the Mr Bean star.

“It was a long day of filming,” Fr John said. “The actors have to be just as infectiously enthusiastic on the 14th take as they were the first time.

“But then the major scene, where two characters exchange vows, was excellent. It was just perfect. There were tears.”

Fr John was approached by the producer, and Mr Curtis sent him the script before the crew arrived to ensure the church approved.

Fr John Burniston

He said: “Richard Curtis was amazingly urbane, a really charming guy.”

The crew decorated the Prebend Street church on December 13, with filming taking place the following day.

About £150,000 has been spent over the past three years updating the church. Fr John said: “I was delighted that the film crew came to St James’. The place was alive. We want the church to be a social and community space as well as spiritual.”

The film, One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, will be screened next Friday, March 15.

Mr Curtis said: “It’ll be the world premiere of 14 new minutes of Four Weddings and a Funeral – I think it’s got some jokes.

“It’s got three or four very unexpected new cast members. Perhaps once you’ve watched it, you’ll join us by trying, in our own way, to save lives.”

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