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Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

BBC One chat show. 275 episodes (18 series), 2001 - 2010. Stars Jonathan Ross, David Roper, David Wickenden, Ian Parkin and Stephen de Martin.

Series 16, Episode 24 - Bono, The Edge, Anjelica Huston, Dame Edna Everage, Noisettes

The penultimate show of the current series includes an exclusive TV interview with global rock gods Bono and The Edge; Oscar-winning Hollywood royalty, Anjelica Huston; and the original Australian superstar, Dame Edna Everage.

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Jonathan Ross welcomes U2's Bono and The Edge to this week's show. Talking about meeting top politicians, Bono refuses to condemn George Bush: "I made my feelings very clear with him, he did a lot for our issues." And says he admires Tony Blair: "He's done some amazing things."

He tells Jonathan how he shared a joke with Barack Obama: "I was avoiding being hugged by Bush, he said nice work with the hug dodge!" He also explains that he never gets nervous before meeting world leaders: "They should be nervous because they're elected, they will be accountable, they make promises and don't keep them, I'm never nervous."

And he shrugs off media criticism: "It's an uncomfortable photo to be in, a rich rock star with the poor and vulnerable but it's that juxtaposition that allows us to twist the arms of people."

Bandmate The Edge admits he once punched Bono in the face. "There are always tensions," he admits, whilst Bono adds: "We break up at the end of every album!" And the band confirm their first musical will premiere on Broadway next year. Indeed, they think the best is still to come for U2: "The next few years might be our heyday."

Finally, Bono and fellow guest Dame Edna Everage reveal a mutual attraction: "I'm not sure I could turn the dame down... I'd go there with her!"


Noisettes performed Never forget you.

Broadcast details

Friday 17th July 2009
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
Anjelica Huston Guest
Barry Humphries (as Dame Edna Everage) Guest
Paul Hewson (as Bono) Guest
David Evans (as The Edge) 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
Katie Taylor Executive Producer
Addison Cresswell Executive Producer

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