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BBC aims to lift the Covid blues with festival of comedy

Three-week Festival of Funny across radio and TV includes big names and rising talent

The BBC intends to give the nation some lockdown laughs later this month with a three-week comedy season called The Festival of Funny, featuring stars including John Cleese, Eddie Izzard and Stephen Fry as well as new talent such as Rose Matefeo.

To counter the Covid-19 gloom, the corporation is to air new comedies across radio and TV including a live standup show every night for a week on BBC2 featuring established names such as Jo Brand and Jason Manford alongside up and coming comedians.

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