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Friends Reunion: release time and how to watch live in Ireland

Could we be any more excited to see these 6 friends back on our screen?

After more than a decade of rumours, it’s confirmed: Friends is back … sort of. The cast of the beloved sitcom reunited earlier in 2021 for a television special set to air today.

Expect to see the 6 actors reminisce about their experience with the series and the iconic legacy they left behind following the 10 years they spent on the air.

An HBO Max original, Friends: The Reunion airs in Ireland at the same time as the US. Based on the trailer, it looks like an emotional affair, so we strongly advise you keep a box of tissues handy as you press play.

When does the Friends: Reunion come out?

Friends: The Reunion premieres in Ireland on Thursday 27 May. It will become available from 8:02am BST, the same time as the global release.

How to watch Friends: The Reunion in Ireland

The HBO Max special will be available via Sky One. That means you can also watch via Now TV. In Ireland a subscription to Now starts at €15 for the Entertainment pass and access to Sky One.

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How long will Friends: The Reunion go for?

The reunion special will run for 1 hour and 40 minutes in total from 8:02am to 9:42am BST.

Friends: Reunion 2021 trailer

Friends: The Reunion preview

The TV special will see Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer return to the comedy’s original soundstage for a real-life unscripted celebration of the long-running series.

Just because it’s unscripted, doesn’t mean the guest list hasn’t been carefully curated to cater to the show’s loyal fanbase.

Besides the main cast, expect to see other familiar faces pop up: including Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice; Tom Selleck, who portrayed Monica’s boyfriend Richard, James Michael Tyler, who you might know as Gunther; and Reese Witherspoon, who appeared on Friends as Rachel’s sister Jill.

Plus, celebrity guests include Kit Harington, Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden and Cindy Crawford.

Based on the trailer, the main cast will revisit the sets of Friends, re-enact table reads and do fun bits that pay homage to landmark episodes of the series. They’ll also talk about filming the sitcom and the impact Friends had on their lives.

As for the celebrity guests, we’re guessing they’ll speak about the influence of the show? Not a lot of information has been released about that, but we’re sure there will be plenty of surprises. We’re looking forward to seeing the six Friends back together, so we’ll take whatever we can get.

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