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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, Episode 15 - Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Anthony Joshua, Greg Davies, Noomi Rapace, Claire Richards

Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh talk about Shakespeare; Noomi Rapace says she is happy not being recognised; Anthony Joshua says he would like to fight Tyson Fury; Greg Davies reveals how close he came to playing an alien; and Claire Richards admits going solo takes getting used to.

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Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh, talking about working together so often, and asked how much persuasion Judi needs, she says, "All the films I have done with Ken is the same story. He just says, 'I wonder if you would be interested... and I say 'Yes,' and for this one (All Is True) I got a call from my agent to say Ken wanted to come down and talk to me about something, and I said, 'Tell him not to come, I'll do it." Kenneth interjects, 'It is absolutely true. She said, 'Don't waste the petrol.'"

Asked which of them knows more Shakespeare, Kenneth says, "Of course she does. When I started paraphrasing his words in the film, she just laughed and finished the end of the scene properly. We kept that in. She definitely knows more than me."

Revealing her dislike of The Merchant of Venice, she says, "I have never been fond of it. Everyone in it behaves very badly. Against my will I did once play Portia the first year I was married and Mike (her late husband Michael Williams) played Bassanio and I had a speech to him and I made a terrible, terrible mistake. Instead of saying, 'I speak too long; but 'tis to peize the time, to eke it and to draw it out in length, to stay you from election.' I said 'Erection.' The wind band that was about to play put down their instruments and walked off the stage in shock. It caused a lot of unrest!"

Noomi Rapace, talking about her latest film, Close, in which she plays a bodyguard, she says, "There was no stunt double, I did them all myself. It was very intense and I hurt myself."

Asked if, like the character she plays, she is able to blend into the background and go unrecognised, she says, "I was at a dinner party and two guests started discussing Prometheus and saying that the alien creature coming out of Elizabeth Shaw's stomach was CGI. I said that is definitely wasn't and when they asked how I knew I said, 'I was there. It was my tummy. Not being recognised happens a lot. I kind of like it. I am an actor not a celebrity."

Greg Davies, revealing he auditioned for Prometheus, says, "Someone in my agent's office called and she was so excited to tell me that Ridley Scott had called about a named part for me. It was all very secret. I went to the audition and everyone was very tall. They wanted me to play a giant alien. All I had to do was walk around a wall and pick up a stone, but I didn't get the role!"

Talking about hosting The Royal Variety Show he says, "It was a big deal and anyone who's seen my stand-up was as surprised as I was that I was asked. I was very surprised and had to start from scratch as my normal material is pure filth!"

Anthony Joshua joins Graham for a chat. Talking about receiving his OBE, he says, "It was a good experience. I had a good time and just took it all in. It was a huge honour."

Revealing he is in training for his big fight on the 13th April despite not having a confirmed opponent, he says, "The first six weeks of training is about me anyway and then I can study whoever I will fight." Asked who it might be, he says, "I'd like it to be Deontay Wilder, but he has other options in the States. We've made him a great offer but he's interested in fighting other people. I'm just playing the waiting game."

Asked if he would like to fight Tyson Fury, he says, "I would love to. He is such a big name and it would be amazing to have two British heavyweights fight."

Graham challenges Anthony and Greg to see who is the strongest with a fairground 'test your strength' machine. As the two very tall men square up to each other Greg says, "It would be very odd if the Heavyweight Champion of the World didn't beat the biscuit eating comedian." The unlikely competition also sees Noomi and Judi get in on the act.

Steps star Claire Richards performs These Wings from her debut solo album live in the studio, before joining Graham for a chat. Asked what it is like to have a solo career, she says, "It's a whole different kettle of fish. It is strange being on stage on my own. I didn't think it would be, but it is and it takes a bit of getting used to."

Revealing that she has been booked for a high-profile gig, she says, "I have just found out that I will be supporting Celine Dion in Hyde Park in July. I am so excited. She is my idol."

Broadcast details

Friday 25th January 2019
50 minutes
  • Thursday 24th January 2019, 18:15 at BBC Television Centre


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 28th January 2019 11:45pm BBC1
Tuesday 29th January 2019 12:10am BBC1 Wales

Cast & crew

Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Greg Davies Guest
Kenneth Branagh Guest
Noomi Rapace Guest
Anthony Joshua Guest
Judi Dench Guest
Claire Richards Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Christine Rose Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Vicky Taylor Producer
Kate Radcliffe Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer
Catherine Strauss Line Producer
Perry Widdowson Editor
Chris Webster Production Designer
Mandy Furlonger Make-up Designer
Chris Rigby Lighting Designer
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer


Greg Davies' awkward FaceTime with Taylor Lautner

Greg tells a story about Cuckoo and his sister being a massive fan of Twilights' Taylor Lautner. He FaceTimed her to surprise her and she was very short with him. Turns out she was having a poo.

Featuring: Graham Norton, Greg Davies, Kenneth Branagh, Noomi Rapace & Judi Dench.

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