The Graham Norton Show

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The Graham Norton Show
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Genre Comedy
Presented by Graham Norton
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 16
No. of episodes 251 (as of 27 February 2015) (List of episodes)
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) So Television
Distributor ITV Studios
Original channel BBC Two (2007–9)
BBC One (2009–present)
Picture format HDTV: 16:9
Original run 22 February 2007 (2007-02-22) – present
Related shows So Graham Norton (1998–2002)
V Graham Norton (2002–3)
The Graham Norton Effect (2004)
Graham Norton's Bigger Picture (2005–2006)
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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.


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- 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.


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 network BBC America aired new episodes on Thursdays.[2] It then aired every Saturday night on BBC America, normally eight days after the BBC.[2]. Following the 2015 New Year's Eve episode, the programme failed to air, until finally returning to the channel in late February.

In Canada, cable channel BBC Canada broadcasts the show Friday nights.

In Ireland, the show is broadcast on TV3 and its sister channel 3e one day after the BBC broadcast on Saturdays. As of 2015, UTV Ireland aired the show every Sunday. TV3 Group will continue to air Best of Specials recorded prior to 2015.

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

In Australia, the series is broadcast on Network Ten on Sunday nights.[3][4] Additionally, for Pay TV viewers (Foxtel and Austar), it airs on UKTV at 9.30pm Mondays, with repeats on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It previously aired on ABC2 on Thursday nights from 2007 to 2012.

In New Zealand, the show was originally broadcast on UKTV. Since the start of Series 11 on 4 May 2012, the show has been broadcast on TV3 on Friday nights.

In South Africa, BBC Entertainment began broadcasting the show with series 6 on 30 July 2010 replacing Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.

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

In Scandinavia, the show is broadcast by BBC Entertainment every Sunday.

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. It was also broadcast on Humor TV 24, a digital channel of the Dutch public broadcaster VARA. On 12 October 2014, VARA began showing episodes two days after their original British transmission on national channel NPO 3 and six days before their transmission on Comedy Central.[5][6]

In Germany, the show is broadcast by Comedy Central Germany every Friday and Saturday night.[7]

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.

In Poland, the show is broadcast by BBC Entertainment every Thursday at 10 pm.


The Graham Norton Show has broadcast fifteen series since its debut in 2007. Series 16 premièred on 26 September 2014 on BBC One.[8]

Series 16 (2014/15)[edit]

Date Guests
26 September 2014 1 Denzel Washington, Gemma Arterton, Peter Capaldi and George Ezra
3 October 2014 2 Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans and Lenny Kravitz
10 October 2014 3 John Cleese, Taylor Swift, Kevin Pietersen and Neil Diamond
17 October 2014 4 Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Jr., Stephen Fry and U2
24 October 2014 5 Benedict Cumberbatch, Miranda Hart, Timothy Spall and Maroon 5
31 October 2014 6 Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Lena Dunham, Micky Flanagan and Sia
7 November 2014 7 Dame Shirley Bassey, David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Richard Ayoade and Annie Lennox
21 November 2014 8 Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Dame Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman and Olly Murs
28 November 2014 9 Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville and Take That
5 December 2014 10 Michael Keaton, Victoria Wood, Jamie Oliver, Sir Ian McKellen and One Direction
12 December 2014 11 Jeff Daniels, Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Tamsin Greig and Nicole Scherzinger
19 December 2014 12 Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Danny Dyer, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Usher
31 December 2014 13 Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick, Eddie Redmayne, Bradley Wiggins and Conchita Wurst
9 January 2015 14 Meryl Streep, Mark Ruffalo, James McAvoy and Hozier
16 January 2015 15 David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Harvey Weinstein and Jessie J
23 January 2015 16 David Attenborough, Jessica Chastain, Gary Lineker, Harry Hill and McBusted
30 January 2015 17 Dame Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Jack O'Connell and First Aid Kit
6 February 2015 18 Julianne Moore, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Michael Flatley, Bill Bailey, Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula
13 February 2015 19 Jamie Dornan, Julie Walters, Stephen Mangan, Charli XCX and Rita Ora
16 February 2015 20 Adam Woodyatt, Letitia Dean, Kellie Bright, Danny Dyer, June Brown, John Altman, Pam St. Clement, Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace
20 February 2015 21 Sean Penn, Celia Imrie, Ross Noble and Kelly Clarkson
27 February 2015 22 Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, David Beckham and Noel Gallagher
6 March 2015 23 Jennifer Saunders, David Walliams, Jack Dee, Johnny Vegas and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
20 March 2015 24 Compilation show


All ratings are taken from BARB.[9]

Series Series premiere Series finale Average viewers
1 22 February 2007 (2007-02-22) 5 July 2007 (2007-07-05)
2 11 October 2007 (2007-10-11) 3 January 2008 (2008-01-03)
3 17 April 2008 (2008-04-17) 3 July 2008 (2008-07-03)
4 2 October 2008 (2008-10-02) 30 December 2008 (2008-12-30)
5 5 March 2009 (2009-03-05) 28 May 2009 (2009-05-28)
6 5 October 2009 (2009-10-05) 31 December 2009 (2009-12-31)
7 12 April 2010 (2010-04-12) 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
8 22 October 2010 (2010-10-22) 11 March 2011 (2011-03-11)
9 15 April 2011 (2011-04-15) 8 July 2011 (2011-07-08)
10 21 October 2011 (2011-10-21) 16 March 2012 (2012-03-16)
11 13 April 2012 (2012-04-13) 6 July 2012 (2012-07-06) 4.14
12 19 October 2012 (2012-10-19) 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01) 4.47
13 5 April 2013 (2013-04-05) 5 July 2013 (2013-07-05) 4.16
14 11 October 2013 (2013-10-11) 28 February 2014 (2014-02-28) 4.48
15 4 April 2014 (2014-04-04) 27 June 2014 (2014-06-27) 4.07
16 26 September 2014 (2014-09-26) 20 March 2015 (2015-03-20)


  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. ^ The Graham Norton Show bij de VARA op 3, 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ Comedy Central boos op VARA om Graham Norton, 10 October 2014.
  7. ^ Comedy Central zeigt "The Graham Norton Show", 5 June 2012.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Top 30s". BARB. 

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