The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 11.40pm, UKTV We started this page with the tem­po­ral dis­tor­tions of an old episode of Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion. Some­thing sim­i­lar seems to be hap­pen­ing on The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show. It’s shown pretty di­rectly af­ter its Bri­tish pre­miere here on Ten, and then, just a few weeks later, the same episode pops up on UKTV. In any case, this is one of Nor­ton’s bet­ter mo­ments from the cur­rent se­ries, shown here in Novem­ber. Nor­ton’s guests are He­lena Bon­ham Carter, Michael Palin, Jack White­hall and Michael Bu­ble, who sings the ar­range­ment of Jin­gle Bells from his cur­rent chart-top­ping al­bum Christ­mas with a full band and Bri­tish a capella group the Pup­pini Sis­ters. Bon­ham Carter is ter­rif­i­cally amus­ing about her mar­riage to ec­cen­tric film­maker Tim Bur­ton; White­hall de­liv­ers a great line about his ad­mi­ra­tion for couch part­ner Bu­ble; Bu­ble tells a great story about his, um, pe­nis; and Palin, ar­riv­ing late on the set, says he feels like gran­dad coming in to tell the young peo­ple to keep the noise down.

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