Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington to have their minds blown by Derren Brown for Stand Up To Cancer

Taylor Swift, Will Ferrell, Nicole Scherzinger, Richard Ayoade, Andy Murray, Rory McIlroy, Pharrell, Britney Spears and Jack Whitehall are also involved in the live telethon

Channel 4 certainly know how to throw a party. Just two weeks until the Stand Up To Cancer telethon, and we’ve been given a star-studded line-up of famous faces set to take part in this year’s event.


As previously announced by, Andy Murray and The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade will screen test a string of celebrities auditioning for Andy Murray: The Movie, including Pharrell, Britney Spears, Rory McIlroy, Michael Sheen and Sir Terry Wogan.

Also joining the bill are Sherlock duo Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington who will have their “minds blown” by Derren Brown who earlier this year appeared briefly in The Empty Hearse, the opening episode of Sherlock series three.

For fans of Gogglebox, there’s a celebrity special to look forward to, plus there’s a performance from Nicole Scherzinger with The SU2C Childrens Choir of cancer survivors and a special sketch featuring the unusual combination of Jamie Oliver and Taylor Swift. 

Will Ferrell will be lending his comedic skills to a special skit as Ron Burgundy, meanwhile Jessie J, Bruno Tonioli, Rizzle Kicks, Vernon Kay, Little Mix, Professor Green, Joey Essex, McBusted and Angelos Epithemiou will perform in a piece from the SU2C Celebrity Telethon Towers. Jack Whitehall will also team up with the original Men Behaving Badly boys to raise awareness for testicular cancer. 

The evening will be hosted once again by Davina McCall, Dr Christian Jessen and Alan Carr, the latter joined by celebrity guests popping up on his live chat show, Alan Carr: Chatty Man. The Last Leg gents Adam Hills, Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooker will also be visited by a string of famous faces.

2012’s fundraiser attracted nearly eight million viewers to Channel 4, raising £8 million – a sum that helped finance 12 clinical trials around the UK. 


Stand Up To Cancer will air on Channel 4 on the evening of Friday 17th October