It’s getting to be a bit crowded on the star-studded couch on The Graham Norton Show this time around. This Saturday (December 6), Graham is hosting Hollywood heavyweights Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville for a chat and a drink.
Anglophiles will, of course, recognize Bonneville as Downton Abbey‘s Robert Crawley (or, if you prefer, the Earl of Grantham). Bonneville has also starred in classics such as Notting Hill, Tomorrow Never Dies, and even had a two-episode guest stint on Doctor Who. More recently, though, he’s joining Tom Sturridge and Sally Hawkins in the Henry VI, Part 1 adaptation from the Hollow Crown series—yes, the very same series that’s also bringing you Benedict Cumberbatch on horseback.
Julie Walters, on the other hand, is one of those infuriatingly talented actors whose incredible versatility makes it difficult to trace where you recognize them from. Harry Potter fans will know that it was none other than Walters who brought Molly Weasley’s maternal fierceness and joviality to life. Though her role as the Weasley matriarch is perhaps her most recognizable to date, the two-time Oscar nominee has also turned up scene-stealing performances in films such as Educating Rita, Billy Elliot, Calendar Girls, Becoming Jane, Mamma Mia, and Brave. Like Bonneville, she has also taken a role in The Hollow Crown, starring opposite Tom Hiddleston as Mistress Quickly in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 as well as Henry V.
Along with fellow guests Bonneville and Kidman, she appears in the upcoming Paddington, for which you can see the trailer below:
In addition, Graham is also joined by musical guest, Take That, a British pop group who formed in 1990 when founder Nigel Martin-Smith sought to create the British equivalent of New Kids on the Block. Having since disbanded and reunited (Robbie Williams was a former member), Take That have been monumentally successful in the UK charts. Americans might remember their sole stateside hit, 1995’s “Back For Good.”
Once a quintet, now a trio, they have just released their seventh studio album, III, on November 28.
Take a look at the music video for “These Days,” a single off the album:
And ahead of the episode, check out a preview of Julie Walters’s foray into the world of Downton:
Tune into BBC America this Saturday, December 6 at 10/9c for more shenanigans with Graham!Read More