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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 29, Episode 8 - Lady Gaga, Josh Gad, Adam Driver, Nadiya Hussain, Rod Stewart

Lady Gaga reveals how she perfected her Italian accent, Adam Driver says Comicon was scary, Josh Gad talks about Olaf, Nadiya Hussain says she always cooks what she wants, and Sir Rod Stewart performs live in the studio.

Further details

Lady Gaga, talking about House Of Gucci, in which she stars with Adam Driver, and asked whether it was hard choosing her next project after A Star Is Born, says, "I didn't feel the pressure at all. I only work on things I believe in. I read the script and thought it really fascinating and interesting and then I met Ridley Scott and I was so excited to work with Adam."

Asked what it was like doing a scene with the great Al Pacino, she says, "It was terrifying, exciting, amazing, it's Al Pacino! He entirely transformed the landscape of acting in cinema and I have admired him for a long time."

Revealing how she created her Italian accent for the film, she says, "I started in the voice six months before we started shooting and I stayed in it for the whole of filming, which I am sure was super annoying for Adam. For me I thought it was harder to go in and out, so I stayed in character."

Adam, talking about how he became an actor, says, "I tried to get into Julliard but didn't so drove all the way to California to be an actor but that didn't work out. I wasted all my money fixing my car. I was there 48 hours and had just enough gas money to get back to Indiana. I had made such a fuss about leaving and there I was back again! That's when I joined the military. After that it was very clear that Juliard wasn't that inaccessible, and I got in."

Josh Gad interjects, "I failed my audition for Julliard. It was horrible. I did my modern monologue and there was no response. Then I did my Shakespeare monologue and completely forgot all the lines and what I learned is that you don't improv Shakespeare!"

Revealing he was not enamoured by Comicon, Adam says, "I didn't like it. I didn't know the rules. I couldn't go out for a coffee without a mask in case I was recognised and when I opened my window there was a band playing the Star Wars theme on repeat. It was scary. And there are 2000 people who are very devoted - there is a lot of energy. I saw what it was, and I am not anxious to go again."

Josh, talking about his new series Olaf Presents, says, "In Frozen 2 Olaf recapped the first film and people really responded to that so during the lockdown I started to get a barrage of emails asking if Olaf could recap on other things. I would say, 'Not unless you have money to give me to do that!' But then I spoke to my friends at Disney, they liked it and idea just took shape."

Nadiya Hussain, talking about her new book Nadiya's Fast Flavours, says: "I use my kitchen for work and home and for four months I was testing recipes. During that period, I am completely consumed by the recipes and the kids don't know if they are getting squid for breakfast or cake for dinner!"

Asked about one particularly strange combo - doughnut lamb burgers - she says, "People always ask me if I write my recipes drunk. I don't drink so imagine what they would be like if I did! I am British from an immigrant family, so I have a bit of everything in my cookbooks - I throw away the purist and make what I want."

Rod Stewart performs One More Time live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat.

Asked about how he stays so fit, he says, "Football mate - or at least it used to be. I have kept myself fit forever. I've had the same trainer for 35 years."

Talking about his 31st studio album, he says, "It came out of lockdown. I could pay more attention to it with more personal songs because there was so much time to think."

Asked about his wife Penny's new career as a police constable, he says, "She trained for eight months, and she loves it. I backed her all the way. She says she loves giving something back, but more importantly she wants to protect the city she loves."

Notes

Will Smith was originally billed to appear.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 12th November 2021
Time
10:35pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
45 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 16th November 2021 12:35am BBC1

Cast & crew

Cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Rod Stewart Guest
Lady Gaga Guest
Will Smith Guest
Nadiya Hussain Guest
Josh Gad Guest
Adam Driver Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Production team
Toby Baker Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer
Catherine Strauss Line Producer
Perry Widdowson Editor
Chris Webster Production Designer
Chris Rigby Lighting Designer
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer
Kerry Hussain Graphics
Jane Burstow Make-up Designer

Videos

Lady Gaga shows off her accent for House Of Gucci

Lady Gaga on working on House Of Gucci with Adam Driver and how intense it can be working with Ridley Scott.

Featuring: Graham Norton & Lady Gaga.

Nadiya Hussain on modelling jewellery

Nadiya Hussain talks about being denied a hand modelling job because of her skin colour, but has since worked with numerous jewellers such as Swarovski.

Featuring: Graham Norton & Nadiya Hussain.

Adam Driver talks about Comic-Con

Adam Driver recalls going to Comic-Con for the first time and if he plans on going again.

Featuring: Graham Norton & Adam Driver.

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