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Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights makes a comeback for Comic Relief

Peter Kay and the rest of the original cast will appear in the charity shows Credit: YouTube

Peter Kay is resurrecting his hugely successful Channel 4 creation Phoenix Nights in a pair of live stage shows - 13 years after the series last appeared on TV screens.

The Phoenix Club will open its doors once again next year when the popular comic creation hits the stage for the first time, to raise money for Comic Relief.

The shows original cast - including Paddy McGuinness and Dave Spikey - will be reunited for the productions at Manchester Arena on January 31 and February 1.

Kay, 41, said: "It's lovely to do it and I hope people support it because I think it'll be a belter."

I always like to do something for Comic Relief and in February this year I just thought it will take a year to organise. I rang all the cast and they overwhelmed me with their generosity.

Everybody's doing it for free, everybody's involved. And like I say it's been so hard getting everybody together at the same time, it's really hard, but we've all set the time aside and we've been working on it since February, writing it and getting together.

– Peter Kay
Peter Kay and the rest of the original cast will appear in the charity shows Credit: PA

Phoenix Nights, set in a fictional working men's club in Farnworth, aired in two series on Channel 4 in 2001 and 2002 and has gained cult status among fans.

It features Kay as the ambitious, if unlucky, club owner Brian Potter, Spikey as his sidekick Jerry St Clair and Take Me Out's McGuinness as doorman Paddy.

Tickets for the shows go on sale at 11am on Sunday.

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