The Graham Norton Show

Series 12 - Episode 8

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

This is one of those weeks when Norton’s red banquette seems to have the pulling power of a locomotive. First there’s Martin Freeman: the opening film of The Hobbit trilogy is released today, which means the diffident Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, is about to turn into a major global star.

Also on the banquette will be Emma Thompson, Dawn French and TV’s fastest wit, Lee Mack. Plus, for good measure, there’s music from newly reunited Girls Aloud.

About this programme

8/20. It's a tight squeeze on the sofa tonight as no less than four stars drop in for a chat - Martin Freeman, who talks about playing the title role in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, comedians Dawn French and Lee Mack, and actress Emma Thompson - who recently stepped into the shoes of Beatrix Potter by writing a new Peter Rabbit book. As if that were not enough, pop group Girls Aloud provide the music.

Cast and crew


Graham Norton
Martin Freeman
Emma Thompson
Dawn French
Lee Mack
Musical Guest
Girls Aloud


Steve Smith
Series Producer
Jon Magnusson