Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

11.09 27 May 2021


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The Friends reunion is finally here... and two cast members have revealed their on-screen romance almost spilled over into real life.

The long-delayed, feature-length special is now streaming for on Sky and NOW in Ireland, and will be broadcast on Sky One at 8pm this evening.

It features the cast and a host of guests - from David Beckham to Lady Gaga to K-Pop band BTS - celebrating the show.

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The reunion marks the first time sitcom's core cast has reunited publicly since the show ended back in 2004.

Fans can also look forward to callbacks to some of the show’s most iconic moments - from a beloved trivia quiz to a belated encore for one of the show’s most popular songs (including a cameo from a global superstar).

The six lead cast members also sat down for a chat with James Corden to share their memories of their time filming the show.

Perhaps the biggest revelation is that Jennifer Aniston (who played Rachel on the hit sitcom) and David Schwimmer (Ross) came close to copying their on-screen romance in real life.

As Schwimmer said: "I think at some point we were both crushing hard on each other - but it was like two ships passing, because one of us was always in a relationship

“We never crossed that boundary. You know, we respected that, but we both…"

That was interrupted with a cough of ‘bulls**t’ from Matt LeBlanc (Joey).

However, Aniston said it “honestly” never spilled over into real-life - and their first kiss was indeed in-character, despite their “reciprocal” crush.

She said: “I remember saying one time to David, 'it's going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television'. Sure enough... the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop.

“We just channelled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel."

There are plenty more tidbits on offer throughout, including how Schwimmer really felt about working with Marcel the monkey.

Daily Mirror’s TV columnist and Friends superfan, Sara Wallis, spoke to Newstalk Breakfast after watching the special.

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She said: “Some people were disappointed it wasn’t a new episode… but I don’t think that was a good idea.

“I think it’s better they just get together, have a chat and reminisce.

“It was two hours of complete joy. I didn’t know what to expect… sometimes reunions are best left in the past. But I loved it. It is a bit indulgent, but I think fans will really love it.”

Main image: The cast of Friends during the reunion special. Image: Sky / HBO Max

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