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The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

  • TV chat show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 2007 - 2024
  • 494 episodes (31 series)

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

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Series 24 - Graham Norton's Good Story Guide

Graham Norton goes behind the scenes of his talk show to reveal the secrets of telling a good story. Features advice and insight from Rob Brydon and Miriam Margolyes. The show also features classic stories told by the likes of Robbie Williams, Dame Maggie Smith, Salma Hayek, Kate Beckinsale, and Tom Hanks.

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Further details

Graham Norton goes behind the scenes of his award-winning talk show to reveal the secrets of telling the perfect story in this special.

Graham has put together a selection of classic clips featuring stars like Salma Hayek, Tom Hanks, Dame Maggie Smith, Chris Pratt, Jamie Dornan and Kate Beckinsale to illustrate the art of the top tale. Graham also hears yarn-spinning advice and insight from some of his favourite guests: David Tennant, Bill Bailey, Rob Brydon, Miriam Margolyes, and Josh Widdicombe.

Miriam Margolyes on her outrageous performances: "Part of the problem is that most of my stories are filthy. I'm a potty mouth. They're dirty and I can't help myself. I just enjoy it."

David Tennant defines the Norton secret recipe: "Graham creates an atmosphere that allows people to be more honest than they might be on other chat shows or tell a ruder story than they might on the likes of BBC Breakfast! You get to see famous Hollywood people letting their hair down and telling stories about wetting their pants that they haven't been able to tell on American television."

Broadcast details

Friday 4th January 2019
50 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 7th January 2019 11:30pm BBC1

Cast & crew

Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Helen Mirren Guest
Greg Davies Guest
Liam Neeson Guest
Tom Hanks Guest
Salma Hayek Guest
Patrick Stewart Guest
Judi Dench (as Dame Judi Dench) Guest
Hugh Grant Guest
Emma Thompson Guest
Jamie Foxx Guest
Meryl Streep Guest
Chris Pratt Guest
Maggie Smith Guest
Kate Beckinsale Guest
Bryan Cranston Guest
Whoopi Goldberg Guest
Michael Caine Guest
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Guest
William Adams (as Will.I.Am) Self
David Tennant Self
Josh Widdicombe Self
Miriam Margolyes Self
Rob Brydon Self
Bill Bailey Self
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Production team
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer
Claire Butchard Producer
Phil Lepherd Editor
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer
Simon Elsbury Director of Photography


Phoebe Waller-Bridge's stage story

Phoebe Waller-Bridge tells a story about what happened on a stage show.

Featuring: David Tennant & Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Greg Davies' funniest ever story

Greg Davies tells a story that involves curry, a toilet and his mum's knickers.

Featuring: Greg Davies & Josh Widdicombe.


For many years now Norton, a latter-day Russell Harty, has charmed anecdotes from guests - epitomised by Liam Neeson's recent account of how he became smitten with Helen Mirren on the set of Excalibur. Now, aided by Miriam Margolyes and Rob Brydon, he analyses what it takes to tell a good tale.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 4th January 2019

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