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Bishop to host Variety Performance

John Bishop will host this year's Royal Variety Performance.

Gary Barlow, the cast of the hit West End musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Olly Murs, Dame Edna Everage and Britain's Got Talent winners Attraction are all on this year's bill.

Comic and actor John, 46, said: "As a child, the Royal Variety Show was like the Grand National and the FA cup final - it was something our family always watched (the only difference being that we didn't bet on the winner).

"To host a show with such heritage is something I never imagined I would do and I trust my parents will be proud when they take their seats in the audience, although I have told my dad not to shout 'come on son' ... It's not a match or a horse race!"

David Walliams hosted last year's 100th anniversary show in front of the Queen at London's Royal Albert Hall.

This year's performance, staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, takes place on November 25 at the London Palladium and will be screened on ITV in December.

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