Nine Things You’ll Only See British Celebs Do on British TV

Thandie Newton and Ricky Gervais

As you’ll see with BBC America’s upcoming Would You Rather? with Graham Norton, British chat shows have a reputation for their relaxed atmosphere, allowing their famous guests to abandon their inhibitions. Our Brothers From Another Mother over at Buzzfeed have shown us what American celebrities get up to on British TV, but how do your favorite UK stars behave when they’re back home? Here are some examples:

1. Thandie Newton and Ricky Gervais doing a cold reading of the “Sarah Palin” porn script:

2. Rupert Everett casually mentioning a crude sexual act on morning TV:

3. Ewan McGregor jumping over three celebrities, including Alan Partridge, on a motorbike:

4. Minnie Driver and Gavin & Stacey‘s Ruth Jones singing a duet, with Andrew Lloyd Webber on piano:

5. The Who’s Keith Moon biting Pete Townshend and stripping naked on The Russell Harty Plus Show in 1973

6. Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols calling interviewer Bill Grundy a “dirty old f***er” in 1976:

7. Helen Mirren reacting to being called “sluttily erotic” by Michael Parkinson back in 1975:

8. Michael Sheen impersonating Graham Norton, while Graham impersonates Katie Price:

9. Dame Shirley Bassey impersonating Hannibal Lecter:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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