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Series 24, Episode 16 - Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Whitehouse, Chaka Khan

Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks talk about their new LEGO film; Jennifer Connelly says David Bowie was amazing; Paul Whitehouse reveals he was daunted by Only Fools And Horses; and Chaka Khan performs live in the studio.

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Chris Pratt, talking about his new film, The LEGO Movie: The Second Part, in which he stars with Elizabeth, says, "The first movie did incredibly well and people really loved it, so it was tough thinking how you do a sequel as the expectations were really high. I think we have exceeded those expectations and unlike a lot of sequels, it's just really good. It's a relief!"

Asked about the success of the film's song Everything is Awesome, Chris gives a rendition in the style of MouseRat, his fictional band in Parks and Recreation.

Elizabeth Banks, talking about the movie and asked if she is now the queen of Legoland, says, "Well I prefer it to Disneyland, where I had an incident. We saw Goofy and had a selfie with him. None of the characters are allowed to speak and after the photo, Goofy accidentally smacked my phone out of my hand and it smashed into a thousand pieces and I'm like, 'What the hell dude..." and Goofy said nothing and just backed away waving his hands. There was no apology! After that my husband bought me a pair of giant Goofy hands, which he thought was hilarious."

Jennifer Connelly, talking about her new film Alita: Battle Angel, says, "I only saw the movie a couple of days ago and it is pretty epic. It's really impressive. With a movie like that we do the things we have to do and then we leave and a year later you see a film that has had so much work put into it. It's extraordinary what they can do with technology and it blew me away."

Talking about Labyrinth, in which she starred with David Bowie, Jennifer says, "I wasn't cool enough to get what working with him really meant. It was probably a good thing that I wasn't. After working with him, he became a real hero of mine because he was so kind to me - I was a 14-year-old kid and knew nothing. He was funny and gracious and made me feel so comfortable. He was amazing. Subsequently I became a huge fan of his music."

And on being in Top Gun 2: Maverick, she says, "It's still filming and I have a little bit more to do. It's so much fun!" Pushed for more information, she says, "There is definitely going to be a sexy theme song, but I can't tell you what."

Paul Whitehouse, talking about playing Grandad in Only Fools And Horses: The Musical, says, "It's quite a daunting thing to take on because it is so well-loved and deeply embedded in the British psyche. But, because John Sullivan came up with the idea originally, it legitimises it. I was tricked into being in it. I was originally just asked to write some songs. It's a privilege to do, but there is a weight of responsibility."

Paul teaches Chris some of his classic catchphrases from The Fast Show.

Chaka Khan performs Life Sugar live in the studio, before joining Graham for a chat.

Talking about her album, and why it's taken 12 years to release a new one, she says, "I've done a whole lot of stuff in between and I just didn't want to go into the studio. I have such a body of work, I've been in this industry a very long time and I said, 'Why don't we just re-release some stuff.' I toured quite a bit and actually get nauseous when the old songs come up in the set - I've been singing them for like 135 years!"

Asked if she is looking forward to getting out and performing her new songs, she says, "Yes, I am. This style of music is refreshing. All the music I have ever done has gone into the dance halls, but I've never written anything with that intention, but this time I just couldn't resist it and it was very easy."

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 1st February 2019
Time
10:35pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
50 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Graham Norton Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Paul Whitehouse Guest
    Chris Pratt Guest
    Elizabeth Banks Guest
    Jennifer Connelly Guest
    Chaka Khan 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
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