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Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

  • TV chat show
  • BBC One
  • 2001 - 2010
  • 275 episodes (18 series)

A long-running chat show in which Jonathan Ross talked to the biggest names in film, music and television. Stars Jonathan Ross, David Roper, David Wickenden, Ian Parkin and Stephen de Martin

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Series 16, Episode 17 - Joanna Lumley, The Priests, Brandon Flowers, The Killers

Chat and music with Jonathan Ross. He is joined in the studio by unlikely music phenomenon The Singing Priests. There is also a performance by one of the biggest bands on the planet, The Killers, and a chat with their frontman, Brandon Flowers.

Further details

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. Joanna Lumley. Copyright: Hot Sauce

Jonathan Ross welcomes Joanna Lumley, "The Queen of the Gurkhas". She talks about meeting the Prime Minister Gordon Brown: "... the Lumley self-pleading offensive... I begged him to take it into his own hands... the Government was being fed scare stories."

She says she won't stand for Parliament: "Glimpsing what they have to do, it's such hard work, pretty punishing." And she cares more about the environment than politics: "We're closer than we think to disaster in a terribly short time." Joanna also says she wouldn't choose to be an actress now: "If I started life again I would want to be a forester."

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers admits he's not a Mormon in the strictest sense and talks about the pressure of success: "I get defensive, it comes from being self-conscious, I'm starting to get more confident in my skin."

Catholic global phenomenon The Priests don't think women should be admitted to the priesthood. They say: "We embrace celibacy... people find that bizarre but it reminds us we believe... there's a spiritual element to our work." Also that gay men can be priests "so long as you're not practising as a homosexual." And the Roman Catholic church shouldn't change: "There have to be some norms that are unchanging or there would be chaos."


The Klllers performed Human, The World We Live In, Mr Brightside and When You Were Young.

Broadcast details

Friday 29th May 2009
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Jonathan Ross Host / Presenter
David Roper (as Four Poofs and a Piano) Band
David Wickenden (as Four Poofs and a Piano) Band
Ian Parkin (as Four Poofs and a Piano) Band
Stephen de Martin (as Four Poofs and a Piano) Band
Guest cast
Joanna Lumley Guest
Brandon Flowers Guest
Writing team
Jim Pullin Writer
Shaun Pye Writer
Fraser Steele Writer
Jonathan Ross Writer
Production team
Mick Thomas Director
Tom Barrett Producer
Deborah Cox Producer
Suzi Aplin Executive Producer
Addison Cresswell Executive Producer
Mirella Breda Executive Producer
Steve Andrews Editor
Bex Murray Editor
Richard Drew Production Designer

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