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Series 12, Episode 5 - Helena Bonham Carter, Jack Whitehall, Michael Palin, Michael Bublé

Helena Bonham Carter says working with her husband is hard, Michael Palin talks about his travels and Michael Bublé and Jack Whitehall cosy up on the sofa.

Further details

Bromance blooms on the sofa as Jack Whitehall reveals his love of Michael Bublé and his music, "I am so excited to be on the same sofa as Michael Bublé!" says Jack. "I'm at a stage in my life when all my friends are going out and are having all night raves and partying and getting drunk. I am so over that. My ideal night these days is to go home, run a bath, light some candles, open a bottle of shiraz, put on a little bit of this gentleman's music and have what I like to refer to as a 'Bublé Bath.' It's a dream."

Michael, talking about his re-released Christmas album and its phenomenal previous success, jokingly says, "It turns out I am a Christmas slut!" adding, "I genuinely love Christmas. It's a really sentimental thing and I love everything about it. I can smell it come October and I could listen to all that stuff all year."

Talking about his relationship with his wife, and asked where he is now based, he says, "Base is honestly wherever we are. She was just making a movie in Rome for four months so I've been living there with her. The technical term for what I did is 'set bitch'. I supported her because she supports me. She has probably seen 250 of my shows. I am sure seeing it once might be quite entertaining but seeing it 200 times is just sh**e!"

Helena Bonham Carter, talking about Christmas in her house, reveals that she and her husband Tim Burton live just like the rest of us... well up to a point, "We have a very traditional Christmas. It's very boring but he likes having creative control of the Christmas tree because he's quite artistic and it always looked great but as you get closer it's all zombies and dead babies!"

And, talking about Halloween, she says, "It's the one time we don't have to dress up. We just blend in!"

Clarifying press reports about their separate living arrangements, she says, "Everyone makes us more interesting than we are. We once had two houses and now we have one big one. There is no design concept whatsoever but there is a bit that looks like me - all tasteful - and a bit like him that's bizarre."

On how love blossomed between her and Tim, Helena says, "He called me when he was making Planet of the Apes and said, 'don't take this the wrong way, but you are the first person I thought of to play a chimpanzee.' And I thought, 'he has never met me but he gets me' and there it began."

Asked if she feels she has a right to be in every Tim Burton movie, she says, "No, it's the absolute opposite. Of course he makes me audition and I have to earn the part. I have to justify it to him and he has to justify it to himself - it's all psychologically complicated."

Revealing the secrets of working with her husband, she says, "It's hard, it's actually very stupid to work with someone you're with. I don't regret saying things but Tim does so I try to stay schtum. I have to remember I am not the person who talks all the time at home and as soon as I am on set I become this silent geisha thing and try not to have an opinion. It works better."

On playing Miss Havisham in her new movie Great Expectations, Helena says, "She is barking and I like barking people. She is completely insane," adding, "The movie is a fairytale and very poetic and Christmassy."

Michael Palin takes a break from his globe trotting to join Graham for a chat about his adventures. Asked if going to Brazil and exploring the rainforest was hell, he says, "No, it was exciting and rather interesting but a strange environment," adding, "We didn't feel threatened at any point. I always felt safe. I never know what the problem is with danger. I'd go to places and people will say, 'you went there? Someone just got killed the week before.' and I am thinking, 'really? It looks very nice to me and the sun is shining.'"

Michael Bublé performs Jingle Bells live in the studio with the Puppini Sisters.

Broadcast details

Friday 23rd November 2012
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Michael Bublé Guest
Michael Palin Guest
Jack Whitehall Guest
Helena Bonham Carter 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


Jack Whitehall's Buble Bath

Jack Whitehall jokes with Michael Buble about being so excited about being on the sofa with him & how he enjoys a 'Buble Bath'.

Featuring: Graham Norton, Michael Bublé, Jack Whitehall, Helena Bonham Carter.

Michael Buble sings a text message

Graham gets Michael Buble to sing a text message on an audience members mobile phone.

Featuring: Graham Norton, Michael Bublé, Jack Whitehall, Helena Bonham Carter.

Helena Bonham Carter on her fans

Graham chats with Helena Bonham Carter about things her fans send her and shows a letter listing "25 things Helena Bonham Carter has taught me".

Featuring: Graham Norton, Helena Bonham Carter.


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