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So Graham Norton


So Graham Norton is a British television chat show hosted by Irish personality Graham Norton. It ran from 3 July 1998 to 1 March 2002.

Theme

The show was primarily adult-oriented, with host Graham dishing out many sexual innuendos and stories. A staple of the show, is the beginning of the programme, which involved large amounts of audience participation (named "So . . .", with the blank filled with a different adjective every show). Audience members would usually share embarrassing stories (nearly always of a sexual nature), and Graham would then sometimes use the same audience members for later games, with real prizes. Also, a recurring segment includes Graham looking for people on the Internet with different fetishes, including balloons, gloves, and a lightweight environment.

Format (timeframe)

The entire series consisted of 5 series. In the later series, unlike Jonathan Ross's show, Graham's run started around October and ran all the way to February–March. There were shows broadcast during Christmas and New Year's weeks and there was also a millennium special.

Guests

The guests were not typical talk show guests. Most of them were not there to promote their latest project, but were there at Graham's behest. For example, John Waters only flew to England because Graham had invited him to appear on the show. Graham chose the guests himself, because these were the people that Graham grew up with. There were reality show stars, gay icons, old American television stars, and soap stars. There were not a lot of musicians, and those who did make an appearance, except for S Club 7, were not there to sing.

Recurring themes

A running gag on the show is Graham's obsession with Tarzan, the Ape Man star Miles O'Keeffe. Graham has a framed photo of O'Keeffe as Tarzan, and Miles would continually be phoned, at his embarrassment and flattery, and the audience's pleasure. Betty Hoskins (born 2 August 1922) was an elderly woman who first appeared on the show as a contestant in one of the mini-games (and subsequently won a tongue-shaped dildo). As it turns out, Betty was a dinner lady at the drama school Graham attended, and the two have been reunited ever since, with Betty featuring in many episodes of the show (and on Graham's subsequent shows).

Episode guide

Series 1

Date Episode Number Guests
3 July 1998 1 Ivana Trump, Kathy Burke, and Sooty
10 July 1998 2 Ulrika Jonsson
17 July 1998 3 Honor Blackman and David Blaine
24 July 1998 4 Linford Christie and Nanette Newman
31 July 1998 5 Grace Jones and Judith Chalmers
7 August 1998 6 Stephen Fry and Lorraine Kelly
14 August 1998 7 Kylie Minogue and Ian McCaskill
24 December 1998
Christmas special
8 Pam St. Clement and La Toya Jackson

Series 2

Date Episode Number Guests
5 February 1999 1 Sophie Dahl and Bo Derek
12 February 1999 2 Sandie Shaw and Alexis Arquette
19 February 1999 3 Brenda Blethyn and Gloria Hunniford
26 February 1999 4 Ursula Andress and Julie Hesmondhalgh
5 March 1999 5 Jan Leeming and Jason Orange
12 March 1999 6 Kate O'Mara and Roy Scheider
19 March 1999 7 Anne Robinson and Miles O'Keeffe
26 March 1999 8 Joan Collins and Marc Almond
2 April 1999 9 Jordan and Billy Zane
9 April 1999 10 Roger Moore and Philippa Forrester
16 April 1999 11 Fern Britton and Stephanie Beacham

Series 3

Date Episode Number Guests
19 November 1999 1 Lee Majors and Liz Smith
26 November 1999 2 Huey Morgan
3 December 1999 3 Jackie Stallone and Glenda Jackson
10 December 1999 4 Terry Wogan and Carrie Fisher
17 December 1999 5 Adam Rickitt
24 December 1999
Christmas special
6 Valerie Singleton, Goldie, and The She Boom Drummers
31 December 1999
Millennium special
7 Ivana Trump, Sandra Bernhard, and Raquel Welch
21 January 2000 8 Martin Hancock, Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly
28 January 2000 9 Michael Learned and Trude Mostue
4 February 2000 10 Boy George
11 February 2000 11 Jason Priestley and Mo Mowlam
18 February 2000 12 Catherine Deneuve and Zandra Rhodes
25 February 2000 13 Bea Arthur and Stefanie Powers
3 March 2000 14 Julie Goodyear and Patsy Palmer
10 March 2000 15 Lynda Carter and Leslie Nielsen
17 March 2000 16 Naomi Campbell and Jilly Goolden
24 March 2000 17 Richard Wilson and Joan Collins

Series 4

Date Episode Number Guests
3 November 2000 1 Molly Ringwald and Davina McCall
10 November 2000 2 Lauren Bacall, Natalie Cassidy and Jack Ryder
17 November 2000 3 Patrick Duffy and Sheena Easton
24 November 2000 4 Jane Horrocks and Richard Chamberlain
1 December 2000 5 Macaulay Culkin and Kyle MacLachlan
8 December 2000 6 Hannah Gordon and Barbara Windsor
15 December 2000 7 Marianne Faithfull and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen
22 December 2000
Christmas special
8 Carrie Fisher, Roger Moore, and Nigella Lawson
29 December 2000 9 Jane Seymour and Carol Smillie
12 January 2001 10 Richard Madeley, Judy Finnigan and Sinéad O'Connor
19 January 2001 11 Sarah Brightman and Amanda Donohoe
26 January 2001 12 Martin Kemp and Jane Birkin
2 February 2001 13 Lindsay Wagner and Charlie Dimmock
9 February 2001 14 Melanie Brown and Anneka Rice
16 February 2001 15 Sophia Loren and Ben Fogle
23 February 2001 16 Dolly Parton and Alan Halsall
1 March 2001 17 Richard E. Grant and David Ginola
8 March 2001 18 Elton John and Kim Wilde
15 March 2001 19 William Shatner and Craig Doyle
22 March 2001 20 Lulu and Lynda Bellingham
29 March 2001 21 Ricki Lake and Stephen Gately
6 April 2001 22 Christopher Lambert and Jane McDonald
13 April 2001 23 Donny Osmond and Jacqueline Bisset
20 April 2001 24 Geri Halliwell and Lynn Redgrave
27 April 2001 25 Shannen Doherty and Vicky Entwistle

Series 5

Date Episode Number Guests
2 November 2001 1 Cher, Jessie Wallace, and Andrea Corr
9 November 2001 2 Jackie Collins and Brian Dowling
16 November 2001 3 Olympia Dukakis and Claire Sweeney
23 November 2001 4 Gérard Depardieu, Anne Robinson, and Belinda Carlisle
30 November 2001 5 Antoine de Caunes, and Emma Bunton
7 December 2001 6 Jerry Hall and Sylvia Kristel
14 December 2001 7 Dolph Lundgren, Matthew Modine, and Loretta Swit
21 December 2001
Christmas special
8 Martine McCutcheon, Alison Moyet, Kate Beckinsale, and S Club 7
18 January 2002 9 Linda Hamilton, Anne Kirkbride, and Eddie Irvine
25 January 2002 10 Natalie Imbruglia and Simon Cowell
1 February 2002 11 Liza Minnelli and Helena Christensen
8 February 2002 12 John Waters, Helena Bonham Carter, Will Young and Gareth Gates
15 February 2002 13 Victoria Beckham and Matthew Kelly
22 February 2002 14 David Hasselhoff, Gaby Roslin, and Charlie Brooks
1 March 2002 15 Cilla Black, Cybill Shepherd and Orlando Bloom

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