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Saturday, May 30, 1998 Published at 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK


Wedding clanger ends in Friends cliffhanger

The current series of Friends ends on a wedding cliffhanger

Will they or won't they? The question will be left hanging on the lips of a million Friends fans on Sunday.

Ross and Emily's wedding scene ends at the top of the aisle when Ross horrifies his bride by inadvertently blurting out his old girlfriend Rachel's name during his vows.

Sky One viewers see the hour-long special first while viewers without cable or satellite will have to wait a few months more until it pops up in the terrestrial run on Channel 4.

But everyone will have to wait at least three months for the next series to start in the US, before they find out whether Ross and Emily tie the knot, or whether he returns to Rachel.

First-run Friends episodes gain satellite and cable's biggest audiences, regularly drawing over a million viewers.

But the American sitcom is also one of Channel 4's biggest hits, bringing audiences of up to five million across the country.

The English wedding of Ross, played by David Schwimmer, and Emily, played by British actress Helen Baxendale, was shot amid tight secrecy near London last month.

Richard Branson and Sarah, Duchess of York, make cameo appearances in the traditionally star-studded finale to the Friends series.

Jennifer Saunders and Tom Conti play Emily's social-climbing parents and June Whitfield appears as their housekeeper.

Another British actor, Hugh Laurie, plays Rachel's long-suffering neighbour on the flight from America to Britain when she decides to give love one last try.

Played by Jennifer Aniston, Rachel is in the English country church to hear Ross drop the wrong-name clanger.

Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow, stays at home in America as both the character and real-life actress were pregnant.

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