The Graham Norton Show

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The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show.jpg
Genre Comedy
Format Chat show
Presented by Graham Norton
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 15
No. of episodes 229 (as of 27 June 2014) (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) So Television
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two (2007–9)
BBC One (2009–present)
Picture format HDTV: 16:9
Original run 22 February 2007 (2007-02-22) – present
Chronology
Related shows So Graham Norton (1998–2002)
V Graham Norton (2002–3)
The Graham Norton Effect (2004)
External links
Website

The Graham Norton Show is a British comedy chat show broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. It was shown on BBC Two from February 2007 to May 2009 and has been on BBC One since October 2009. Presented by Irish comedian Graham Norton, the show's format is very similar to his previous Channel 4 programmes, V Graham Norton and So Graham Norton, both of which were also produced by So Television.

Programming[edit]

BBC Two[edit]

The show mirrors "So" and "V" with strong adult humour along with Graham's monologue at the beginning of the show and often a musical guest to play out over the credits. Although the rude objects in "Graham's drawer" did not survive, the phone calls and hidden camera surprises have. These surprises are sometimes based around the guests, such as Sarah Beeny's dating website, a TARDIS on the South Bank when David Tennant appeared and a wine-tasting group drinking Gérard Depardieu's wine whilst he was on the show. Some of the surprises, such as the wine-tasting, have been arranged through ideas submitted by viewers, stating where they will be when the show is recorded.

At the end of the show, after any band or artist performance, an extra 5 minute section of the show was recorded, known as the "Cooldown". This section is seen in an extended weekend repeat, called Graham Norton Uncut, and is also made available as a downloadable podcast. As well as showing the "Cooldown", it also includes previously unseen parts from the original episode. This section often involves the audience, such as guessing an audience member's partner and playing mass charades.

After Graham's short monologue, he always introduced two guests. If there was a third guest, they are usually introduced later in the show. If the two guests are connected in some way (for example, Dustin Hoffman and his wife), they were the only ones introduced at the start. If musical guests are involved in the show, one of several things happened. Sometimes performers, such as Enrique Iglesias were on stage from the very beginning. Others, such as Gareth Gates came on stage about 5 to 7 minutes before their performance for a short interview. Also, some musical guests only perform during the end credits and participate in the Cooldown section of the programme. However, all bands perform during the credits and were interviewed in the Cooldown segment.

BBC One[edit]

Once the show moved to BBC One, the show moved to Monday nights, the guest increased to 3 or occasionally 4 people, with an accompanying reduction in Norton's signature pieces. A typical show was made up of one big celebrity name, a comedian sitting in the aforementioned comedy chair and a well-known musical personality who would all be introduced after the monologue. Sometimes three guests are introduced at the top of the show with the musical guest brought in about 10 to 15 minutes before the end of the show.

Unlike the BBC Two show, the BBC One show does not end with the musical performance, but with a new audience participation segment called That's All We've Got Time For, where audience members sit in the famous red chair and begin to tell a humorous story. Graham and his guests listen to the stories and if Graham gets bored, he - or occasionally a guest (examples include Amanda Holden and Saoirse Ronan) - pulls the lever and the chair falls backwards, dumping the speaker from it.[1]

After the end of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, it was announced that The Graham Norton Show would be taking over the coveted Friday night slot. The show premiered on Friday, 22 October 2010.

Series[edit]

The first series began at 10pm on 22 February 2007 on BBC Two and was originally slated to end on 24 May 2007 after 13 episodes. However, the series proved such a hit that it was extended for an additional six episodes.

A 12-week second series began on 11 October 2007, and culminated with a Boxing Day special and New Year's compilation from previous episodes.

The show made its North American premiere on BBC America on 2 June 2007, one week after what was supposed to be the final episode of Series 1 (before its extension).

Series 2 premiered on BBC America on 20 October 2007. Unlike the previous series, each episode premiered in the United States only 9 days after the initial UK broadcast. However, the final three episodes were broadcast in reverse order (with Episode 12 being shown on BBC America a few days earlier than on BBC Two. The same thing occurred in Series 4 with the Christmas special airing on BBC America 10 days before the BBC Two broadcast.

Series 3 began its run on 17 April 2008. For series 3, the "Cooldown" segment has been dropped, and the uncut show is just the full uncut 45-minute version of the show.

The show was originally recorded in studio 2 at The London Studios, but moved to studio 1, due to the slot of The Paul O'Grady Show and the high audience numbers.

The show continues to be broadcast in a 30-minute version on Thursdays at 10pm with Graham Norton Uncut, the uncut version shown on Sundays at around 11pm in a 45-minute version. However, BBC Two in Wales sometimes broadcast the Thursday edition later than the rest of the BBC Two regions, usually after Newsnight at 11:20 pm because they would usually have local programmes in the 10:00pm slot. BBC Two Northern Ireland has also done the same, and they have during series three, broadcast Thursday's show on Friday nights at 10pm on BBC Two Northern Ireland because of local programming on Thursdays.

Series 4 began its run on 3 October 2008 at 10pm on BBC Two (however both BBC Two Wales and BBC Two Northern Ireland broadcast the show at a later time due to their regional programming). The Sunday uncut editions have been kept, with the first uncut edition to be broadcast on BBC Two late on Sunday night.

Speaking on ITV's This Morning on 21 January 2009, Norton said he would be back with the chat show in March 2009. As he was appearing in a West End play at the time, he mentioned he would have to miss the Saturday performance during the run of the play, as this is the day he records the show for the BBC.

International broadcasts[edit]

In the United States, starting 11 April 2013, cable/satellite/FIOS (fiber optic) channel BBC America aired new episodes Thursdays at 10 pm ET, six days after the BBC broadcast.[2] It currently airs every Saturday night on BBC America.[1]

In Canada, cable channel BBC Canada broadcasts the show Friday nights at 9:00 pm Eastern Time Zone.

In Ireland, the show is broadcast on TV3 one day after the BBC broadcast, on Saturdays at 9 pm.

In Brazil, the show is broadcast by VH1 Brasil and BBC HD once a week.

In Australia, the current series is broadcast on Network Ten on Sunday nights at 9:30pm.[3][4] Additionally, for Pay TV viewers (Foxtel and Austar), it airs on UKTV at 9.30pm Mondays, with repeats at both 3.30am Tuesdays and 9.15pm Saturdays, Formerly aired on ABC2 on Thursday nights in 2007 till 2012.

In New Zealand, the show was originally broadcast on UKTV. Since the commencement of screening Series 11 on 4 May 2012, the show has been broadcast on TV3 at 8:30pm on Friday nights.

In South Africa, BBC Entertainment began broadcasting the show with series 6 on 30 July 2010 at 21:30 replacing Friday Night with Jonathan Ross when it ended its run.

In Norway, the show is broadcast by TVNorge and FEM once a week.

In Scandinavia, the show is broadcast by BBC Entertainment with a new episode every Tuesday.

In Hong Kong, the show is broadcast by Now TV on BBC Entertainment every Saturday night.

In the Netherlands, the show is broadcast by Comedy Central Netherlands every Friday and Saturday night and on Humor TV 24 a digital channel from the Dutch public broadcaster VARA.

In Germany, the show is broadcast by Comedy Central Germany every Friday and Saturday night, starting on 6 July 2012.[5]

In Belgium, the show is broadcast by Acht once a week.

In Mexico, the show is broadcast by BBC Entertainment once a week.

In Singapore, the show is broadcast by BBC Entertainment once a week.

In Argentina, the show is broadcast by BBC HD every night at 11 pm.

Episodes[edit]

The Graham Norton Show has broadcast fifteen series since its debut in 2007. Series 15 premiered on 4 April 2014 on BBC One.

Series 15 (2014)[edit]

Date Guests
4 April 2014 1 Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz, Richard Ayoade and Kylie Minogue
11 April 2014 2 Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Paolo Nutini
18 April 2014 3 Juliette Binoche, Ricky Gervais, Ronnie Corbett and Imelda May
25 April 2014 4 Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Matt LeBlanc and Kaiser Chiefs
2 May 2014 5 Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Molly Smitten-Downes
9 May 2014 6 Brenda Blethyn, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stephen Mangan and Barry Manilow
16 May 2014 7 Kirsten Dunst, Dawn French, Bear Grylls, Conchita Wurst and Sam Smith
23 May 2014 8 Dame Julie Andrews, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Pharrell Williams
30 May 2014 9 Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Seth MacFarlane and Coldplay
6 June 2014 10 Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Holden, Michael Sheen and Ed Sheeran
13 June 2014 11 Samuel L. Jackson, Keira Knightley, Jenson Button and Kasabian
20 June 2014 12 Cheryl Cole, Don Johnson, John Bishop, Brendan O'Carroll and Chrissie Hynde
27 June 2014 13 Compilation show

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Graham Norton Show". BBC. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  2. ^ "About the Show | The Graham Norton Show". BBC America. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  3. ^ "TEN 2012 Programming Launch:TV Tonight". 'David Knox'. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ten 2012 - Knowfirst". 'Elmer Fudd'. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  5. ^ DWDL.de. Comedy Central zeigt "The Graham Norton Show", 5 June 2012.

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