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The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

  • TV chat show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 2007 - 2022
  • 454 episodes (29 series)

Comic chat show presented by Graham Norton. The biggest names in showbiz join the host on his sofa.

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Series 12, Episode 3 - Robbie Williams, Paul O'Grady, Darcey Bussell, Felix Baumgartner

Robbie Williams reveals he loves Gary Barlow to bits; Darcey Bussell talks about Strictly; Paul O'Grady says he hated wearing make up; while Uggie the dog and skydiver Felix Baumgartner drop in for a chat.

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Robbie Williams, talking about fatherhood says, "I really do love it. I was worried before she came - I'd been a pop star since the age of 16 and I'd never done anything for myself and then all of a sudden I was being asked to take care of this life. I thought I might be this selfish person but you just melt. The baby came out and everything changed, cosmically, spiritually, life, everything. I'm a new parent and I've still got that euphoria and she hasn't pissed me off yet!"

Asked about is daughter's classic name, Theodora Rose, and whether he had been tempted to be more rock star about it, he says, "We wanted to call her Teddy but that's bordering on celebrity nonsense and we thought what if she doesn't go into showbiz and needs a professional name, so Theodora is her professional name and Teddy is the name she goes by at home."

Talking about other celebrities' children's names, Robbie recalls an embarrassing incident, "We were at my house in Los Angeles and the Coldplay boys had been over for a game of football and Gwyneth turned up. I was like, 'Gwyneth Paltrow is in my house', and as she walked towards me I kept saying in my head, 'say something to Gwyneth Paltrow, say something to Gwyneth Paltrow' and I said, 'Does Melon want some Apple?"

Asked about Take That getting back together, he says, "We had the most amazing time. We teamed up and wrote a critically and commercially acclaimed album and did the biggest tour the UK has ever seen and we became firm and very good friends and we vanquished all the demons of the past." On his relationship with Gary Barlow he says, "A lot of things that happened were when we were really young and we were at each other and now we're not. We're older blokes, we're more mature and he's a very decent man. I call him the captain and I go to him for advice and stuff and I love him to bits and I think he loves me too."

Talking about his new album and working with Gary on it, Robbie says, "We spent all day laughing at what you can and can't say on a record. Which is obvious if you listen to the lyrics of Candy - none of them make sense. We have written a ton of songs together and we have a good time and a laugh."

Recalling his early fame, he says, "I was living on a council estate and was a guy at school one day and the next day, the police is cordoning off the road because there are too many girls outside. My mum shut the curtains in 1990 and didn't open them until 1995! It was very strange, very wonderful and very weird. Things were quite mind-blowing."

On his physique, he says, "It's gone a bit wrong. I've been doing weights but I've had to stop because I can't fit in anything. I got obsessed but it's not good for fashion. I am into books now - that is my obsession, I'm a reader now."

Talking about his eight dogs, Robbie reveals the full extent of his love for them, "They have been in, on and around the bed and it has been known for us to get out of bed, leave it to the dogs and go to another room to sleep." He also reveals that he fears bringing his dogs back to the UK from LA, "All eight are coming over on the Queen Mary because I am scared they will freeze in the hold of a plane."

Darcey Bussell, talking about Strictly, refuses to be drawn on who might win or who her favourite is, but admits, "Lewis is very talented and has potential but there is so much talent." And on what it was like being the new girl among the seasoned judges she says, "I feel really lucky. They are gorgeous and really protective. They have so much energy and passion for the show that I feel I am in really good company."

Asked about her early catchphrase, 'Yah? Yah?' she says, "It's disappeared. I had such a shock because I really didn't appreciate how many times I said it until I watched the show back and I thought 'wow.' I didn't even hear it. I am used to coaching dancers and getting a response so I was waiting for their (the contestants) response and they wouldn't speak back."

On her judging style, she says, "I try to be constructive. I've got Craig next to me so I don't need to be vicious. He is rubbing off on me, but I suppose my marking is a bit low and that's where I'm a bit mean."

Talking about her ballet career, and asked if she misses it, she says, "I miss the people I was on the stage with, but I don't miss ballet any more." And, on her spectacular performance at the Olympics, says, "It was mad and really tough, I had to train six days a week to get myself into an all-in-one again. It was amazing and I am really glad it worked."

Paul O'Grady, asked if he might take part in Strictly, says, "No, I like a lie in. I am not getting up to be dragged around for eight hours by a small Russian and then insulted. I'd go for them, I couldn't stand there quietly and take it," Adding, "You've got trained dancers and those that can barely walk and I would be in that category."

Talking about retiring he says, "I'm always retiring. I've had more farewell performances than Cher." And on Lily Savage his soon to be resurrected alter ego, he says, "I had enough of touring and got fed up. I actually hated putting make up on and I packed it in."

Felix Baumgartner, who drops in for a chat about his extraordinary sky dive, says, "It had been five years in the planning and I was only scared that I would miss the planet. I never had a single thought that I would die I was just worried I wouldn't break the sound barrier." Asked if he would do it again he says, "No, it was once in a lifetime."

Uggie the dog, star of The Artist, drops by for some doggie treats and to tell Graham all about his autobiography.

Robbie performs Candy from his new album live in the studio.

Broadcast details

Friday 2nd November 2012
45 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 4th November 2012 11:25pm BBC1
Sunday 4th November 2012 11:55pm BBC1 Wales

Cast & crew

Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Robbie Williams Guest
Paul O'Grady Guest
Darcey Bussell Guest
Felix Baumgartner Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Dan Gaster Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Mike Altman Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Alan Thorpe Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer
Perry Widdowson Editor
Chris Webster Production Designer
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer


Robbie Williams talks about meeting Gwyneth Paltrow

Graham chats with Robbie Williams about his new daughter Theodora and meeting Gwyneth Paltrow.

Featuring: Graham Norton & Robbie Williams.

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