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BBC One and BBC Two chat show hosted by Graham Norton. 433 episodes (28 series), 2007 - 2021. Stars Graham Norton.

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Series 23, Episode 6 - Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Vanessa Kirby, David Beckham, Joan Armatrading

David Beckham says he's heartbroken that his sons have stopped playing football; Ryan Reynolds talks about Deadpool; Josh Brolin says he once hated The Goonies; Vanessa Kirby says she loves Princess Margaret with all her heart; and Joan Armatrading performs live in the studio.

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Ryan Reynolds, talking about Deadpool 2, in which he stars with Josh Brolin, says: "It's bolder and nuttier than the first. We've pushed things further. It's supercharged and we are pumped up about it."

Asked about his Deadpool costume, he says, "It is so tight. I am terrified I am going to throw up in the mask. There is no space in there at all!"

On being recognised, he recalls one awkward encounter with a fan, "I was on a plane with a honeymooning couple and the bride became very ill - not just throwing up ill, but really painting with her internal organs. She was taken off the plane on a stretcher it was so bad. As her new husband followed her out he spotted me and shouted, "Deadpool. High five!' It was a surreal moment - firstly, I didn't want to high five him just in case he was infected and secondly, he seemed to have no concern for his dying wife!"

Josh, chatting about working with Ryan, says, "I wrote him an email telling him what a good time I am having and how much I enjoy working with him - I confessed I had seen The Proposal three times and am a huge fan." Ryan jokingly interjects, "It was actually a love letter!"

Reminiscing about The Goonies, in which he starred as a child, Josh says, "Spielberg wanted our genuine reactions on set. There was no CGI in those days so they kept the ship under wraps so they could capture us seeing it for the first time. It took ages to set up and as we surfaced the water and turned to look at the ship I shouted, 'F**k!' Spielberg shouted, 'Cut!' I had blown it."

Asked if he minds being reminded of that role, he says, "I love it now but there were the struggling career years when I hated it - a good 20 years!"

Vanessa Kirby, talking about The Crown and rumours of one rather special fan, says: "A friend of mine was at a party where he didn't know anyone so sidled up to a group who were discussing the show. One of the women said, 'My granny kind of likes it.' It turns out it was one of the princesses - The Queen's granddaughter. It's quite a reliable source - ish - so I am sure she is a fan."

Asked about playing Princess Margaret, she says, "I love her with all my heart. I couldn't love her more." And on giving up the role, she says, "I am so pleased Helena (Bonham Carter) is taking her on. She has been lovely and told me she will need some Margaret lessons."

David Beckham joins Graham for a chat. Asked about his work with UNICEF and his 7 Fund, he says, "It's incredible and we've had huge success over three years. We have helped so many young children, it's a privilege to be part of it. I am excited and proud that we are now giving a greater focus to girls over the coming years. We are making a difference and have done a lot but there is so much stuff still to do."

Talking about his new football club in Miami, but giving very little away, he says, "It's only taken five years to get to this point but it is so much bigger than I thought it would ever be. I could only have dreamed of this as an eight-year-old."

Asked if the team has a name, he says, "Yes, but I can't tell you yet." Told that it has just been announced that Wayne Rooney might be off to Washington, David says "Really?" Adding, "We don't have to decide on players yet."

Asked about the health of Sir Alex Ferguson, he says: "It is a worrying time. He is so respected by everyone and we hope he gets better really quickly."

Talking about his kids and football, he says, "Harper is playing every Sunday and loves it. The boys don't play and it's heartbreaking. They have a talent but it's down to Harper now. I get very enthusiastic when watching her. The other day a boy took her down and I had to think how to react with all the other parents watching me. Do I act like a UNICEF Ambassador or do I act like Harper's daddy? In the end, I let it go!"

And on whether he is re-locating to the US, he says, "I'll spend a lot of time there but the kids and Victoria are here."

Joan Armatrading performs I Like It When We're Together, before joining Graham for a chat. Asked about touring without a band, she says, "I had a great time last time - it is so freeing."

Joking that her music is played at first dances and funerals, she says, "It is fantastic that people are so attached to the songs." And on why her voice sounds as good as it did in the 1960s, she says, "I've never stopped touring and making records - it's practice!"

Broadcast details

Friday 11th May 2018
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
David Beckham Guest
Ryan Reynolds Guest
Josh Brolin Guest
Vanessa Kirby Guest
Joan Armatrading Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Christine Rose Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Rina Dayalji Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Vicky Taylor Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


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