Graham Norton
Last week, Graham Norton bounded back onto our TV screens with a squeaky clean new series and a truckload of A list guests. Back again, this series shows no signs of slowing down with a star studded line up including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans and musical guest Lenny Kravitz.

This week’s guests are at ease and relaxed, setting a welcome change from last week’s who didn’t quite gel. Hugh Grant, who’s here to promote his latest Rom-Com “The Rewrite”, perfectly balances a mixture of charm, self deprecation and wit as he performs a hilarious Four Weddings and a Funeral parody sketch with Graham. As they recreate the famous love confession between Carrie and Charles, Graham delivers Andie MacDowell’s famous line “Is it still raining, I hadn’t noticed,” while buckets of water are poured repeatedly over his head. Neither Graham or Hugh can keep a straight face. Hugh accompanies the startling news that Four Weddings is approaching its twentieth anniversary with the surprising revelation that he wasn’t first choice for the film and that director Richard Curtis did “everything in his power to stop [him] getting the part.” Since Four Weddings is widely thought to have been Hugh Grant’s big break, it would be interesting to consider what would have happened had Curtis succeeded.

Hugh Grant did of course appear in Sense and Sensibility as Emma Thompson’s love interest. Watching clips of them both, it is striking how varied and distinguished Emma Thompson’s career has become. She recently confirmed she would play Mrs Lovett in the English National Opera production of Sweeney Todd. Tonight however, she’s promoting her third Peter Rabbit book.

Next to the warm, longterm friendship of Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant, Luke Evans could have been in danger of being an awkward third wheel. He is quieter than the others but delights the audience with a number of witty anecdotes. In one, he recounts how Emma Thompson wandered onto The Clash of the Titans set dressed as Nanny McPhee and perched herself on the knee of Liam Neeson who in full costume as Zeus. Luke is currently promoting his upcoming film “Dracula: Untold”, or “Dracula on toast” as Hugh believes, which tells the story of Vlad the impaler - the legend on which Bram Stoker based Dracula. Evans has come a long way in a short amount of time and is sure to dominate a lot more of our air time in the future. Finally, the surprisingly young looking 50 year old Lenny Kravitz takes to the stage as he promotes his latest single “Strut”.



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