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The Graham Norton Show

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  • 2007 - 2022
  • 453 episodes (29 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 2 - Rowan Atkinson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gary Barlow, Jeff Goldblum, Imelda May

Jamie Lee Curtis talks about being scared, Gary Barlow chats about the highs and lows of his career, Jeff Goldblum says music is now a big part of his life, Rowan Atkinson says never say never about Mr Bean and Imelda May performs with Jeff live in the studio.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, talking about reprising her role of Laurie Strode in the new Halloween movie 40 years after the original, says, "The film connects the stories between 1978 and 2018. Laurie has gone the way trauma takes you without good mental health support! It is incredibly intense and scary."

Talking about being the child of two Hollywood stars (Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh), she says, "I didn't think I would be an actor. I was a very bad student but I wanted to be a police officer because I thought I would be good at it. While studying to be a cop I became an actor by accident."

Gary Barlow talking about his new autobiography A Better Me, reveals the low points of his life and career, he says, "We had those years in the 90s when everything was 150%. We were touring the world, being screamed at and everyone telling us we were brilliant and all of a sudden, I lost my deal, Robbie went off into the sunset and I was left with no job.

"There was nothing else I was trained for, music is all I have ever done. I was a new dad at the time and as a man, I felt pretty useless. I put on a lot of weight and had a lot of depression. Looking back, there were some really serious issues but I've enjoyed getting in there and talking about what happened."

And, on 30 years of Take That and touring, he says, "It's amazing. The sets are being built now. It's a great project to be involved in. Asked by Jamie, if they will tour in the US, he says, "Maybe."

Asked about his tiny role in Star Wars, he says, "I went twice to see the movie and missed it! In the end, I needed the pause button to actually see myself!"

Rowan Atkinson joins Graham for a chat about his new film Johnny English Strikes Again.

Talking about the film, and asked if he ever makes himself laugh, he says, "I find film very difficult and stressful. Only very, very occasionally do I find what I do funny. When they tried to make a blooper tape of Blackadder, they couldn't find anything of me laughing or making mistakes. There was nothing of me even being remotely amused."

Asked if there will ever be more of Mr Bean, he says, "I doubt he will ever reappear. There does come a point when you've done all you can. But, never say never."

Talking about being recognised, he says, "I get half recognised a lot. One man once said, 'You are the spitting image of Mr Bean.' When I told him that I was the actor that played Mr Bean, he laughed and said, 'I bet you wish you were. The resemblance is so uncanny you could get lookalike work. You'd make an absolute fortune!'"

Jeff Goldblum and Imelda May perform Straighten Up and Fly Right live in the studio.

Revealing it was a previous appearance on Graham's show that led to his new work, Jeff says, "Last year, after I had been asked by the show to play the piano for Greg Porter, Decca Records contacted me and suggested the album."

Asked if music is now a bigger part of his life than acting, he says, "It is taking more of my emotional availability."

Broadcast details

Friday 5th October 2018
50 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 8th October 2018 11:30pm BBC1

Cast & crew

Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Imelda May Guest
Gary Barlow Guest
Jeff Goldblum Guest
Rowan Atkinson Guest
Jamie Lee Curtis 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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