One Direction
One Direction will take to the stage for the last time before their planned hiatus Kevin Winter / Getty

It was filmed almost a month ago at the Royal Albert Hall, but the Royal Variety Performance is finally set to reach small screens tonight, 8 December, with comedian-turned-actor Jack Whitehall as the evening's host, introducing a plethora of entertainers including musicians, comedians, acrobats and West End performers. Prince Harry is said to be the only member of the royal family in attendance, given that the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke Of Cambridge were otherwise engaged.

If you're keen to watch this year's version of the annual charity spectacular then fear not, because IBTimeUK has compiled a short list of all you need to know about the show ...

When is it on?
The televised event will be shown on ITV at 7.30pm.

Who is performing?
One Direction will be headlining the show, taking to the stage in for their final performance before their hiatus. As well Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, Kylie Minogue and Elton John will also be singing. And both the audience and viewers will be treated to a performance from Jeff Lynne's resurrected ELO.

Other music guests that will perform during the night include Ricky Martin, Josh Groban, The Corrs and Little Mix. The Killers front-man Brandon Flowers will also sing.

The Corrs
The comeback Corrs! Ireland-born band are set to perform their new single Bring On The Night Nicky J Sims / Getty

But it is not just music that will dominate the show. Comedians Ramesh Ranganathan and Chris Ramsey are set to showcase their talents, as well as impressionist Matt Forde. There will also be segments focused on West End theatre with casts from productions of Mary Poppins, The Play That Goes Wrong and Cats each putting on a show. RVP regulars Cirque du Soleilwill be performing acrobatic feats that are sure to amaze and astound viewers once again.

Viewers tuning in will see comedian Jimmy Tarbuck pay tribute to the late Cilla Black. Britain's Got Talent winners Jules, Matisse and Friends will also be putting on a special performance after the controversy they caused during the series earlier this year.

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