New BBC 'Cinderella' Comedy Stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Colman

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Just in time for the holiday season, come December 24th, 2020, an hour-long special titled Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas is set to premiere on BBC. Starring The Queen's Gambit's Anya Taylor-Joy and The Crown's Olivia Colman, get ready folks because all the stops have been pulled out for this one.

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No stranger to royal roles given their past work, in the holiday program, Taylor-Joy will play a modern-day Cinderella while Colman will portray her fairy godmother. In last week's news release, BBC said the comedy is rumored to include many surprises, including an "Incredibly unconvincing horse costume."

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The pair will be joined by The Crown's Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hollander, and others. While watching, viewers will "Have the opportunity to donate to Comic Relief projects, if they feel able to, that are working to help people living with hunger, struggling with their mental health or feeling lonely or unsafe this Christmas."

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Love Actually filmmaker, Richard Curtis, is the executive producer of the holiday-time program and the founder of Comic Relief, an organization fighting hunger worldwide. The organization celebrated its 25th year in 2013 and continues to bring a smile to peoples' faces and food to their tables each day.

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In a public statement, Curtis said, "We're hugely grateful to BBC Two and the amazing cast for allowing us to do our first ever pantomime, It'll be very funny and merry -- and also a great seasonal opportunity to raise crucial funds for the projects that will help the most vulnerable people, at home and abroad."

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According to BBC, the brand new virtual adaptation promises to be "The starriest show on TV this Christmas." Get ready to kick back and hold your belly from laugher this holiday season. We can't wait to see what this power team has in store for us!