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Series 26, Episode 4 - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Debbie Harry, Nadiya Hussain

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he would have liked to run for President, Linda Hamilton reveals she almost turned down the role of Sarah Connor, Debbie Harry muses on fame and success, Nadiya Hussain says it's important to be a role model, and DJ Spoony and The Sugababes perform with the Ignition Orchestra live in the studio.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, talking about being reunited with Linda Hamilton in their new movie, Terminator Dark Fate, 28 years after their last film, says: "It was really nice. Really fantastic after all those years."

Talking about the first movie, he says, "Before Terminator I thought I would be stuck in muscle movies like Conan, but it let me cross over into action movies."

Asked about his political career, he says, "I hate politics. Even when I was Governor (of California) I never considered myself a politician. I was a public servant who created policies to make things better for people."

Asked if he's disappointed that because he is Austrian he can't run for president, he says, "Of course. It would have been great to jump in and run. It's the only thing I can't do in America. Everything else I've done is because it is in America, it's the land of opportunity."

Linda, asked about getting in shape for the role of Sarah Connor says, "It took a lot of good hard work to get some level of fitness. But, I don't have hormones any more so after a year of no carbs they still had to add padding to my ass!"

Arnold interjects, "Linda set the bar high for all female action roles. She really is a bad ass!"

Asked how she was persuaded by James Cameron, her ex-husband and director of the new movie, to reprise the role, she says, "We don't talk at all. He rang three times and it was only on the third call when he mentioned it was about work that I rang him back! It took me a little while to decide if I had something more to do with her character."

Revealing that she'd had to be persuaded to do the very first Terminator, she says: "I didn't want to do it at all. I was a snotty New York actress and I didn't want to go to California. It was only when I saw Arnie on set and he was fantastic, that I thought, 'I'm in'"

Arnold, a little crestfallen, says, "You didn't want to work with me? That's the first time I've heard that story."

Debbie Harry, talking about her autobiography Face it, says, "Many bits [of my life] are a blur but after writing it so much has come back to me. It's been good for me."

Talking about the fame and success she achieved in a very short time at the start of her career with Blondie, she says, "It was very exciting. It was terrific, and we took full advantage of it!"

Nadiya Hussain, talking about her memoir Finding My Voice and her son's reaction to it, says: "After he'd read some of it he said, 'I like the book, but there are better writers!'"

Asked about her success and whether she has come to terms with being a role model, she says "If you'd asked me four years ago I would have said that I just wanted to cook and write and being Muslim was incidental, but now I see how important the role is that I have."

The music is from DJ Spoony's Garage Classical. DJ Spoony and The Sugababes perform Flowers with the Ignition Orchestra live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on BBC iPlayer

Friday 18th October 2019
50 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Graham Norton Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Arnold Schwarzenegger Guest
    Nadiya Hussain Guest
    Linda Hamilton Guest
    Deborah Harry (as Debbie Harry) Guest
    Johnathan Joseph (as DJ Spoony) Guest
    Keisha Buchanan (as The Sugababes) Guest
    Mutya Buena (as The Sugababes) Guest
    Siobhán Donaghy (as The Sugababes) Guest
    Writing team
    Rob Colley Writer
    Production team
    Steve Smith Director
    Jon Magnusson Series Producer
    Pete Snell 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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    Mr Norton recently told Radio Times that he doesn't deserve his £610,000 salary, but you'll be the judge of that as he gathers Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton for a Terminator reunion. Also on this week are Blondie's Debbie Harry and TV chef Nadiya Hussain.

    Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 18th October 2019

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