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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.

  • Due to return for Series 30

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Series 17, Episode 12 - Lewis Hamilton, Jack Whitehall, Rita Ora, Ewan McGregor

Lewis Hamilton talks about lunching with The Queen, Ewan McGregor says he would be up for a bit more trainspotting, Jack Whitehall reveals how he broke The Stig's silence and Rita Ora says The X Factor is an amazing experience.

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Lewis Hamilton, talking about the upcoming changes in Formula 1, says "They are bringing in refueling again - it was more exciting to have to refuel - the car would be light and then all of a sudden heavy again."

Asked about winning and whether if another team won it would be as bad as his teammate winning, "It's a difficult one. You are a team and the job is for both drivers to get points to win the championships. But, individually, we both want to win so we want to beat each other. I'm supposed to say that if I don't win, I want my teammate to win, but it's not really the case."

Revealing how he received a royal lesson in dining etiquette, he says, "I got invited to a lunch and was sitting next to The Queen. I was excited and started to talk to her but she said, pointing to my left, 'No, you speak that way first and I'll speak this way and then I'll come back to you.' She is a sweet woman and we talked about how she spends her weekends, houses and music. She is really cool."

Ewan McGregor, revealing a flight he took with his brother, a fighter pilot in the RAF, wasn't quite as cool as he imagined, Ewan says "I got a back seat trip in an Tornado with him, which was extraordinary. We did a lap of Scotland in an hour and a half - it was thrilling and exciting but you can't wait for it to stop at the same time. I was very sick. The most humiliating thing was when we got back. You have to be helped out of those planes and the ground crew came up on a ladder and I had to hand them my bag of puke!"

Lewis interjects, "I went in a plane with the Red Arrows and, as they did a turn, my field of vision just went and I passed out, I wasn't sick though. It was quite exciting and since then I've got the bug and I want to get my pilot's licence."

Ewan, talking about playing both Christ and Lucifer in his new film, Last Days in the Desert, which he describes as, "The ultimate father and son story," he says, "Playing opposite myself was an interesting thing. I am very proud of the film and love it very much."

Asked if he thinks there will be a Trainspotting 2, he says, "I don't know. For the longest time I didn't want to do it. I thought a sequel would damage the memory of it. But recently I have changed my mind - it would be extraordinary to go back and explore the characters. If it means working with Danny Boyle I'd be up for it."

Jack Whitehall, talking about never having learnt to drive and yet still being on Top Gear, says "I did three practice laps and I was feeling quite good only to find out I'd had the handbrake on all the way. The Stig, who hasn't said a word to anyone in 13 years of Top Gear, called me an idiot after I reversed into some garage doors."

Revealing his first movie role wasn't quite as big as he thought, he says, "I was very excited to be in Frozen, I am a huge Disney fan. I played a troll and had one line - I nailed it, it was so good. I told everyone I was in it but when I watched the movie my line wasn't in it. When I called my agent thinking I had seen a different cut of the film, she said, 'Oh, I got an email saying your part had been reduced to a non-speaking role.' It is an animation!"

Rita Ora joins Graham for a chat before performing Poison live in the studio.

Asked about being a judge on The X Factor, she says "I'm taking every day as it comes. It's an amazing opportunity and a great thing for me time wise. I love finding new talent and if I can help find it, I'd love to."

Broadcast details

Friday 26th June 2015
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 29th June 2015 11:35pm BBC1
Tuesday 30th June 2015 12:35am BBC1 Scot

Cast & crew

Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Jack Whitehall Guest
Ewan McGregor Guest
Rita Ora Guest
Lewis Hamilton Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Dan Gaster Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Rina Dayalji Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer
Perry Widdowson Editor
Chris Webster Production Designer
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer


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