Cosy couch makes for chicken lit­tle

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‘‘We are very aware of the in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence we have now. Some weeks, we will look at the guest list and de­cide it’s a very do­mes­tic sofa. The thing we love the best is when some­one Bri­tish, like Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, be­comes a big star. We also know that Doc­tor Who is big in the United States,’’ Norton says.

Un­til Madonna stopped by for a chat, the singer had al­ways been at the top of Norton’s wish-list of guests. He’s had to move up peo­ple such as Ge­orge Clooney, An­gelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Emma Stone and Jen­nifer Lawrence to the ros­ter of peo­ple he would like to see on the show.

If the ta­bles were turned and Norton had to be a guest, he would love to share the fur­ni­ture with Joan Rivers and Bradley Cooper.

He be­lieves that Amer­i­cans don’t re­vere Rivers enough and Cooper is ‘‘pretty to look at’’.

Get­ting Tom Cruise on the show was another ma­jor coup for Norton, who never thought it would hap­pen. Cruise was late to the show and Norton didn’t get to meet him un­til they were both in front of the cam­eras.

‘‘I don’t nor­mally feel starstruck, but I was shocked by how af­fected I was hav­ing Tom Cruise on the show. I was gob­s­macked. I just kept think­ing ‘That’s Tom Cruise’,’’ Norton says.

While Norton is best known for his talk show, he also worked as a co­me­dian and was in the se­ries Fa­ther Ted.

He was born in a sub­urb of Ir­ish cap­i­tal Dublin but grew up in the small com­mu­nity of Ban­don, County Cork.

Norton cred­its his youth in the small com­mu­nity with giv­ing him the kind of cu­rios­ity a good talk show host needs.

His the­ory is that peo­ple who grow up in a ru­ral com­mu­nity are more nosy by na­ture than those who live in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments and who tend to keep to them­selves.

And when you’ve grown up in the coun­try, it’s eas­ier to ap­pre­ci­ate a good ‘‘dead chicken’’ story when you hear it.

The Gra­ham Norton Show: Sun­days, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

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