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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 8, Episode 1 - Charlotte Church, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Russell Howard

Graham Norton brings his unique talk show to Friday nights on BBC One. This week he chats to singer Charlotte Church, Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and comedian Russell Howard.

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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."

Russell Howard talks about his new TV show, Russell Howard's Good News, going on tour with his mum and some of his odder fans.

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.

Broadcast details

Friday 22nd October 2010
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Maggie Gyllenhaal Guest
Charlotte Church Guest
Russell Howard Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Dan Gaster Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer
Catherine Strauss Line Producer
Perry Widdowson Editor
Chris Webster Production Designer
Lindsey McLean Costume Designer
Mandy Furlonger Make-up Designer
Chris Rigby Lighting Designer
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer
Kerry Hussain Graphics


When Maggie Gyllenhaal Danced with Madonna

Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about dancing with Madonna at a post Oscars party.

Featuring: Graham Norton, Maggie Gyllenhaal & Russell Howard.

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