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The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

  • TV chat show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 2007 - 2022
  • 454 episodes (29 series)

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

  • Due to return for Series 30

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Series 26 - Graham Norton's Good Show Business Guide

Sometimes the best thing in a talk show is the business in-between. Here, some of the world's biggest stars prove they can do so much more than chat when they are on the famous red sofa. Examples include Tom Cruise directing a dangerous action sequence with members of the audience, Margot Robbie demonstrating her tattooing skills, Chris Pratt showing off his magic tricks, Will Smith and Kevin Hart motivating the people. Plus, Taylor Swift faces the massed ranks of her Twitter fans, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson delivers his well-known catchphrase in style, Tom Hanks reprises his most famous role and Olivia Colman showcases her majestic voice.

Further details

A special features some of the world's biggest stars proving they can do so much more than just chat when they appear on the famous red sofa.

Like Tom Cruise directing a dangerous action sequence with members of the audience, Margot Robbie demonstrating her tattooing skills, Chris Pratt showing off his magic tricks, Morgan Freeman reprising his most famous role to mock Graham, Taylor Swift facing the massed ranks of her Twitter fans, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson delivering his well-known catchphrase in style, Anthony Joshua challenging Greg Davies to a re-match, and Olivia Colman showcasing her majestic voice.

Using classic clips from The Graham Norton Show, Graham also hears from some of his favourite guests, including Stanley Tucci, Stephen Merchant, Sandi Toksvig, Richard Ayoade and Alan Davies who share their thoughts on how they introduce and deal with business while chatting on the most prestigious sofa in television.

Stanley Tucci: "What makes good Norton Show Business? Graham makes good Norton show business. He's just so good at it. Probably the best I have ever seen and certainly the best I have ever experienced."

Stephen Merchant: "Well, I think it was Elvis Presley who wore a belt that said, 'taking care of business' and that's very much my mantra in life!"

Sandi Toksvig: "Any guest that comes on The Graham Norton Show needs to forget about dignity, forget why they're there, and just go with the flow."

Richard Ayoade: "I am not one to advise on the laws of show biz, and there are laws. I can only offer myself as a warning of what can happen if you fail to construct a personality in your early years. You are left with basically a roboticised husk reliant entirely on the humanity of the host.

Alan Davies: "The best bits of The Graham Norton Show are the bits that come in between the talking. If you can stand on your hands, break dance or whatever it is, do be prepared to do that."

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 3rd January 2020
Time
11pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
50 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 6th January 2020 11:00pm BBC1
Tuesday 7th January 2020 12:30am BBC1 Scot
Tuesday 17th March 2020 12:05am BBC1
Tuesday 17th March 2020 12:35am BBC1 Scot

Cast & crew

Cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Stephen Merchant Self
Alan Davies Self
Richard Ayoade Self
Sandi Toksvig Self
Stanley Tucci Self
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Production team
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer
Claire Butchard Producer
Daniel Gulley Editor
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer
Simon Elsbury Director of Photography

Press

Pick up your new range of party tricks from this chatshow compilation of the best bits of Norton's famous guests. There's Tom Cruise directing an action sequence with an unsuspecting member of the public, Margot Robbie tattooing and Chris Pratt showing off some magic.

Ammar Kalia, The Guardian, 3rd January 2020

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