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Series 25, Episode 10 - Stephen Fry, Andrew Scott, Paloma Faith, Lee Mack, Bastille

Stephen Fry talks about almost becoming a priest, Andrew Scott says Fleabag has changed things, Paloma Faith thanks Andrew for playing the 'hot priest', Lee Mack says he committed the ultimate sin and Bastille performs live in the studio.

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Stephen Fry, talking about his upcoming Mythos tour, the first he has done in nearly 40 years, says, "I finally plucked up the courage to do it again. The last time I toured it was with Hugh Laurie and we were students. It was a long time ago. We didn't have enough material for an encore, so on the way to the next show we thought about what students did including watching TV and the then new Aussie soap Neighbours, so we devised a parody. We didn't know they had become obsessed with it and at the end of our show we started to sing the theme tune and the place erupted. It was thrilling to do tours in those days because you didn't know what was going to happen."

Revealing that he once considered becoming a priest, he says, "When I was a teenager I thought about it. I love churches - the music and the architecture. I fancied the clothes and I knew I could deliver a fantastic sermon and I even went to talk to a Bishop about it. We decided I would make a wonderful priest if it wasn't for the one small problem that I didn't believe in God!"

Andrew Scott, talking about the success of Fleabag and now being famous as the 'hot priest', says, "It's definitely changed things a little bit. Weirdly, it's actually the husbands and boyfriends that come up to me. I had a strange encounter the other day. I was in the park going over my lines and this little man was just standing staring at me. Eventually he said, 'My wife really fancies you, can I have a selfie?' He had a mop in one hand and when we had taken the photo he just carried on staring while making the mop jiggle around. I wondered if the mop was his 'wife'? It was really weird."

Asked about appearing in Black Mirror episode Smithereens, he says, "I am relieved it is out. The whole thing was shrouded in mystery. No one tells you what's going on and then you're are sworn to secrecy. You can't tell anyone, but I told my mum."

Talking more about his character, he says, "It's so humiliating that I don't drive, and I am playing a driver. They basically had to put the car on a skateboard and I had to act driving. It was so not cool."

Paloma Faith, talking about Fleabag, says, "I'm not shy of an awkward situation and confessed to Andrew when I first met him that I had a bit of alone time with episode five. I had my moment and was very happy! On behalf of anybody that's got kids, has been in a long-term relationship, thank you from the deepest bottom of my heart!"

Lee Mack, interjects, "I haven't confessed this yet to my wife and I think she might kill me. I committed the ultimate sin and got ahead on the Fleabag box set without her. I then pretended, while watching it with her, that I hadn't seen it!"

Asked about her new TV series, Pennyworth, Paloma says, "I've spent six months playing my character. She's a baddie, but I feel a great sense of empathy for her. I love her and can't tell the difference between me and her. She thinks she's doing the right thing at all times for the greater good and she can't understand why everyone looks like her oddly and I sometimes feel like that in my everyday life. In my little weird world, I think I am absolutely normal! She's a bit misunderstood and I very much love her, although everyone else on set, including all the crew, were absolutely terrified of me. Everyone was like, 'You're too good at this, it's scary, where is it coming from?'"

Lee, talking about his film debut in Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans, he says, "It's massive and didn't realise just how big it is until I was offered the part and my kids said I had to do it." Excited to see a clip, Lee adds, "I've never been in a film before and haven't seen any of it yet."

Revealing he has just been commissioned for three more series of his long-running sitcom Not Going Out, he says, "So, now we've got to mine more from our real lives. The problem with mining things from your own life is that you then watch it with your wife. So, the guy I write with and I have a rule now that we just blame the other person and say things like, 'You won't to believe this, but they also do that thing in bed!'"

Bastille performs Joy live in the studio, before joining Graham for a chat about their new album.

Broadcast details

Friday 7th June 2019
50 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Stephen Fry Guest
Lee Mack Guest
Paloma Faith Guest
Andrew Scott Guest
Dan Smith (as Bastille) Guest
Chris Wood (as Bastille) Guest
Will Farquarson (as Bastille) Guest
Kyle Simmons (as Bastille) 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


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