Comedian Peter Kay will make his live television return as part of the BBC's charity fundraiser The Big Night In on Thursday, April 23.

Kay's fellow comedian and actor Lenny Henry shared the news on Tuesday's episode of BBC One's The One Show and added that Catherine Tate and Gary Barlow had also signed up for the event.

For The Big Night In, the BBC has teamed up with Children in Need and Comic Relief to help "those most in need" during these "troubled times".

The broadcaster has said the show will feature "favourite famous faces trying to support, entertain, cheer up and help out anyone who needs any or all of those things".

"It will include big surprises, 'money can't buy' prizes, live music performances (from the artists' homes) and many of your favourite faces coming together (whilst safely apart) to do what they can for those that deserve something special," the BBC added.

The show takes place on BBC One on Thursday, April 23 from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

Kay cancelled all his work commitments due to "unforeseen family circumstances" in December 2017, with the most recent series of his hit series Peter Kay's Car Share airing on BBC One the following May. Last month he had to postpone his planned Dance for Life shows in aid of Cancer Research UK due to the Covid-19 emergency.