The Comic Relief takeover of sturdy BBC formats steps up a gear for this fifth series of ‘Let’s Dance for Comic Relief’. Details remain mostly underwraps, but you can probably expect a fair bit of crossdressing, a clutch of more comfortably built celebs attempting unfeasibly acrobatic routines and, you never know, the odd instance of genuinely impressive hoofing.
Confirmed participants for the four heats include quickfire gag man Tim Vine, retired boxer Ricky Hatton, impressionist Jon Culshaw and ventriloquist Nina Conti, the latter surely doing a routine based around ‘The Jungle Book’s’ chimp-human face-off ‘I Wanna Be Like You’. Well, it’s all in a good cause, etc, etc.
Bank of Friendship
This independently run, strictly over-21s Highbury pub also doubles up as an intimate music venue, showcasing new talent at its Thursday night open mic sessions. And if that's not enough of a draw then there's a pub moggy for the punters to stroke while warming up by one of the two open fires during winter. Plus there's a beer garden for the warmer months. The drinks menu features a large gin and whisky selection as well as local and world craft beers. If you get peckish you can order in pizza from San Daniele, an Italian eatery on Blackstock Road.
Venue says: “Hygge Boogie – get cosy by the fire with mulled drinks, fabulously festive bloody Marys, games and a DJ spinning classic vinyl, Dec 17.”