Series 8, Episode 1 - Charlotte Church, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Russell Howard
Graham Norton brings his unique talk show to Friday nights on BBC One. Among his guests on the first programme is Charlotte Church who, in her first major TV appearance after a tumultuous year, talks music, life and love, and performs live from her new album Back To Scratch. Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about her Oscar nomination for Crazy Heart, and her role in The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger. And comedian Russell Howard brings his own brand of Good News to Graham's sofa.
Charlotte, talking about her split from Gavin Henson, says: "Something had been happening for a long time. We wanted to make it work but decided the break-up was inevitable and we did it when the kids are young. "We've both been pretty grown up about it and are doing what's best for our beautiful babies."
Confirming her new romance, with Johnny Powell, she reveals: "I love it. I've learnt many lessons and I am going into the relationship differently. I'm doing everything differently - including work."
And, on her return to work, she says: "I missed singing - it's in my blood and I needed an outlet. I sing every night to my babies when they go to sleep, but I wanted a little bit more. I love the process of creating music and writing - I find it amazing - it thrills me and I had to start doing it again."
Talking about having her children, she says: "I was going into labour and Gav decided to go and buy light bulbs. He locked me safely in the car when he went inside and, as the contractions got stronger and I was moving about, the car alarm kept going off."
On Gavin's dancing ability on Strictly, she said: "I watch him every week because the kids love it. He's doing really well. I was shocked, but he's doing really well - I am voting for him."
Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is in London to make a new movie about the Victorian doctor who inadvertently invented the vibrator, says, on being nominated for an Oscar: "I was beyond thrilled to be there.
"I was the surprise nominee and I had nothing invested in winning." She says she danced with Madonna at a post-Oscar party and adds: "My husband also danced with Madonna, he totally danced with Madonna - he speaks Madonna's language."
Charlotte performs Don't Think About It, from her new album, live in the studio.
And, finally, Graham pulls the lever on the first of many foolhardy members of the audience brave enough to sit in the red chair.
- Friday 22nd October 2010
- BBC One
- 45 minutes
Cast & crew
|Graham Norton||Host / Presenter|
|Jon Magnusson||Series Producer|
|Graham Stuart||Executive Producer|
|Chris Webster||Production Designer|
Charlotte Church talks about meeting George Bush.