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The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

  • TV chat show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 2007 - 2024
  • 494 episodes (31 series)

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

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Series 31, Episode 8 - Jennifer Saunders, Daisy Haggard, Michael Fassbender, Phil Wang, Take That

Michael Fassbender talks about his love of motor racing, Jennifer Saunders says playing Hook is so much fun, Daisy Haggard recalls an embarrassing moment, Phil Wang says his new show is the silliest yet, and Take That perform live in the studio.

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Michael Fassbender, talking about his four years away from acting while indulging his love of endurance motor racing, says, "It's an obsession and feels so right as I have no affinity with any other sport. I am super addicted, and I want to go back and do Le Mans again - it was extraordinary. It's not just about the speed, it is about getting into a place where you're not thinking of anything else. I love it."

Asked about his new football comedy Next Goal Wins, which tells the real-life story of American Samoa's men's football team - infamously, one of the world's worst, he says, "I'm not good at football so I'm not casting any judgement on their ability. I loved the story and their positivity, tenacity, and resilience. They are inspiring."

Recalling the preparation he undertook to play their cantankerous coach, he says, "I just Googled, 'Coaches losing it!'"

Jennifer Saunders, talking about her panto debut as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the London Palladium, says, "I'm hoping for a large moustache, lots of booing and hissing. It is such fun and a huge cavalcade of filth. Parents will love it!"

Asked about swashbuckling as Hook, she says, "I was allowed a sword, but I am not sure a 65-year-old woman should have one - I forget all the choreography and poor Peter Pan has to be quite jaunty to miss being hit!"

Daisy Haggard, talking about real life husband Joe Wilson, who appears with her in the BBC comedy drama Boat Story, says, "He plays my sex pest! His character has to send me dick pics. When he got the role, he got a phone call from the production office asking for a picture of his face so they could pick the right penis to match! When I saw the pictures, it was such a shock that I screamed!"

Recalling another unfortunate phone moment, she says, "I was chatting with a girlfriend about how her bottom looked so, as a joke, I took a picture of my own bum to send to her. The next day I realised I had accidentally sent it to the new producer of Breeders. I told him it was my friend's bottom, and he didn't say a word. I finally confessed that it was mine after filming ended and when he said he knew it was mine it was probably the most embarrassing moment of my life."

Phil Wang, talking about his show Wang In There, Baby! says, "It's my silliest show so far, and a recovery from the seriousness of the pandemic years."

Asked about the differences between British audiences and those in America and Australia, he say, "In the States and Australia the audiences really want you to do well, and there is a lot of clapping, whereas British audiences just say, 'That was quite good actually.'"

And on having a part in the new Wonka movie, he says, "I can't tell you much about it, but I get to sing and dance. It is very exciting. I can tell you than I was dancing on a table, and it cracked in half, and I broke my arm. After I spoke to my mum who happens to be a bone doctor, Timothée Chalamet joked, 'That's a lucky break!'"

Take That performs Windows live in the studio before Gary, Mark and Howard join Graham for a chat about her new album and upcoming tour.

Asked about performing together, Gary says, "This is our third studio album as a trio and we have been together since 2014, its nearly 10 years and something to celebrate."

Joking about aging, Howard says, "We are all now in our 50s and have to have a pre warm up and a post warm up." Mark interjects, 'It's just about keeping warm!"

Broadcast details

Friday 24th November 2023
50 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 26th November 2023 1:20am BBC1

Cast & crew

Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Jennifer Saunders Guest
Michael Fassbender Guest
Gary Barlow (as Take That) Guest
Howard Donald (as Take That) Guest
Mark Owen (as Take That) Guest
Daisy Haggard Guest
Take That Guest
Phil Wang 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
Mandy Furlonger Make-up Designer
Chris Rigby Lighting Designer
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer
Kerry Hussain Graphics


Phil Wang was inspired by Kim Jong Un

How does Phil Wang look so young and old at the same time?

Featuring: Graham Norton & Phil Wang.

Daisy Haggard sent a picture of her bum to a producer

Daisy Haggard tells the story of how a producer of Breeders got sent a picture of her bottom.

Featuring: Graham Norton & Daisy Haggard.

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