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The Graham Norton Show

BBC One and BBC Two chat show hosted by Graham Norton. 453 episodes (29 series), 2007 - 2022. Stars Graham Norton.

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Series 13, Episode 1 - Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Gerard Butler, Paramore

Tom Cruise talks about a stunt going wrong whilst making his new movie; Gerard Butler says he is not great at doing his own stunts; Olga Kurylenko talks about how cabbage improved her feminine assets; and Paramore perform live in the studio.

Further details

The show kicks off with an unexpected surprise for Graham as Tom Cruise presents him with a 50th birthday present - a Mariachi band performing Happy Birthday and, as an added bonus, the song made famous by Tom in Top Gun, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling.

Talking about his new movie Oblivion, Tom reveals a stunt with Olga Kurylenko didn't quite go to plan, "We are on a motorbike with a helicopter chasing us and I say to her, 'no matter what happens, just hold on to me and I will get us out of trouble,' and she keeps saying, 'Don't go too fast, don't go too fast.' Of course we are going really fast, we hit a jump and we go up in the air, her hands come off and she is pushing me down and now I am terrified as we are going 70 miles an hour and I am shouting at her, 'You are not helping, you are going to kill us!"

Tom reveals he was injured making Jack Reacher, "My foot got quite swollen, it was the worst injury I have had on a movie. I got it from kicking a guy in the balls. I had to kick him so many times I injured my ankle." Asked how the other guy fared, he says, "I don't know, I didn't ask him!"

Confirming there will be a 5th Mission Impossible film, Tom says, "I am working on the story." Asked if it is physically harder making the movies now than when he first started, he says, "Not yet. Nothing is falling off yet," and referring to being 30 when the first movie came out, 50 year old Tom says, "I still feel as good."

Gerard Butler talks about doing his own stunts, revealing, "It's dangerous. People don't realise. I love to sing, which has nothing to do with stunts, but last year I noticed I couldn't hit my high notes and had to have an MRI and the radiologist said, 'what have you been up to? You've broken two bones in your neck.' I'd just finished eight different fight sequences for days at a time."

Gerard, talking about an obsessive fan, says "I was at an airport and went to the toilet. I was at the urinals and this guy walks in and I notice he is standing a bit too close and I'm deliberately not looking at him and he suddenly shouts, 'This is Sparta.' I don't go into public toilets now!"

Revealing an unlikely love of cabbage, Olga says, "My mother made me eat it and I ended up loving it, mainly because she told me it would enhance my anatomy, but it didn't work to the extent I was promised." Indicating her bust, she adds, "I had higher hopes!"

Talking about being honoured in her hometown in Ukraine and asked whether it is true a street has been named after her, she says, "I heard about it but I am not sure if they actually did it. I don't know but it's quite funny."

Paramore performs Still Into You live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat.

Tom delights an unsuspecting fan with a special mobile phone call and then helps Graham pulls the lever on more foolhardy members of the audience brave enough to sit in the red chair.

Broadcast details

Friday 5th April 2013
50 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Gerard Butler Guest
Tom Cruise Guest
Olga Kurylenko Guest
Writing team
Jim Pullin Writer
Dan Swimer Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Mike Altman Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Alan Thorpe Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


Tom Cruise Surprises Graham Norton

Tom Cruise introduces a mariachi band to sing Happy Birthday to Graham.

Featuring: Graham Norton, Tom Cruise.

Gerard Butler wins wacky wire

Graham gets his guests to have a go at 'wacky wire'.

Featuring: Graham Norton, Gerard Butler, Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko.


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