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Tuesday 24 October 2023

Stand Up To Cancer returns

Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK are set to commemorate a remarkable decade of fighting cancer on Friday, November 3rd. A star-studded night of exceptional television will emanate from The Francis Crick Institute, a renowned center for cutting-edge cancer research. The UK's most prominent names in comedy and entertainment will join forces to deliver an electrifying evening of TV.

Kicking off the festivities at 7 pm, hosts Davina McCall, Adam Hills, Joe Lycett, and Munya Chawawa will launch SU2C: The Takeover. This 90-minute live show will be brimming with uproarious comedic talent and familiar faces, including the likes of Rita Ora, Oti Mabuse, Cush Jumbo, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Charlotte Ritchie, and many more. Together, they will celebrate the astounding advancements in cancer research made possible by the funds raised through Stand Up To Cancer over the past decade.

Following this, Channel 4 will feature a brand-new Celebrity Gogglebox and the heart-pounding, star-studded finale of Don't Look Down. Paddy McGuinness will lead a team of celebrities in a daring world-first highwire walk over the London Stadium, the iconic venue of the 2012 Olympics.

The night's climax will be The SU2C Comedy Roast, a captivating extravaganza hosted by Rhod Gilbert and featuring an array of comedic talent, including Jordan Gray, Ellie Taylor, Danny Beard, Tom Stade, Davina McCall, Joe Lycett, and Nish Kumar. Comics such as Sara Barron, Thanyia Moore, Bobby Mair, Harriet Kemsley, Fatiha El-Ghorri, and Larry Dean will participate in a 'roast roulette.' This show will bring together a myriad of beloved faces and stars willing to be humorously roasted in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

The special evening will conclude with "Sean Lock: Lockipedia," a tribute to the much-missed comedic genius and one of Channel 4's most renowned comedians.

Stand Up To Cancer was commissioned for Channel 4 by Tom Beck, Head of Live Events, with Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment, and Antonia Howard-Taylor, commissioning executive. SU2C: The Takeover and The SU2C Comedy Roast are produced by Monkey, a part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. Monkey's Executive Producers are Andy Charles Smith and Suzi Aplin.

In the days leading up to the live show, Channel 4 will air special programs, including the candid documentary, "Rhod Gilbert: A Pain In The Neck."

"Rhod Gilbert: A Pain In The Neck" tells the story of comedian Rhod Gilbert, who raised nearly £2 million for cancer care over the past decade. During a fundraising trek for Velindre Cancer Hospital in Cardiff, Rhod noticed concerning symptoms and was subsequently diagnosed with head and neck cancer. This documentary, airing before Stand Up To Cancer, primarily utilizes Rhod's personal video diaries. With his trademark unflinching and sardonic humor, this sensitive and thoughtful documentary showcases one of the UK's most beloved comedians sharing his personal journey of living with cancer and receiving treatment at the very hospital he supported for over a decade.

"Celebrity Gogglebox" will feature Britain's most beloved personalities providing commentary on the week's most discussed television. The lineup of famous faces will be announced soon.

In the thrilling finale of "Don't Look Down," Paddy McGuinness leads his team of celebrities in a world-first highwire walk over the London Stadium, the iconic venue of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Will they conquer their nerves, or will it be a nail-biting challenge? One thing's for certain: they must not "look down." Over the past four episodes, Paddy and celebrities such as Beverley Callard, Anton Ferdinand, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Hughes, David Ginola, Charley Boorman, GK Barry, Fats Timbo, and Victoria Pendleton have faced their fears during rigorous high-altitude training in the Austrian Alps. Guided by world-renowned highwire authorities, these famous figures were pushed to their limits in physically and mentally demanding tasks. Will their training pay off? Will the team unite in this dazzling tribute to those who have battled cancer?

Over the past decade, Stand Up To Cancer has raised over £93 million for lifesaving cancer research, with a commitment to surpassing this target and advancing more trials into treatments. The funds raised have been instrumental in funding 64 clinical trials and research projects involving over 13,000 cancer patients, resulting in significant breakthroughs in cancer treatment. From kinder testing for breast cancer to a groundbreaking treatment for advanced bile duct cancer now available on the NHS, the contributions from Stand Up To Cancer have truly been life-saving.

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