Of course, you’ll know Catherine Tate for being Doctor Who‘s Donna “The Most Important Woman on the Universe” Noble, or for her variety of characters on The Catherine Tate Show. Should you need a refresher, however, both shows are available to stream on Netflix, as is the U.S. edition of The Office, which she guest-starred on for three seasons.
You might also recognize David Walliams as her Big School co-star, or from his sketch comedy shows, Little Britain and Come Fly With Me. Failing that, though, he’s also been a judge on Britain’s Got Talent since 2012.
Even if you don’t know Dame Shirley Bassey‘s face or name, you most likely know her voice. The Welsh singer is perhaps best known for being the iconic voice behind the title song in Goldfinger. Not only that, she continued to lend her voice to theme songs for James Bond films in Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.
Speaking of famous voices, this week’s musical guest, Annie Lennox, is legendary in her own right. You may know her as one half of Eurythmics, who found global fame with the timeless track, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”
Our spotlight this week, however, is on triple threat actor/writer/director, Richard Ayoade. Ayoade is known mostly for his work in the British comedy scene, appearing on shows such as Garth Marenghi’s Fright Knight and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. If you’re not familiar with his work in The IT Crowd, make your way over to stream it immediately on Netflix. But if you’re more of a cinephile, you’re in luck—his acclaimed directorial features Submarine and The Double are also available online.
Music fans may be familiar with Ayoade’s work, whether or not they’re aware of it. In addition to directing films, he has also directed music videos for acts such as Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Arctic Monkeys (frontman Alex Turner wrote the soundtrack for Submarine).
Somewhere between putting his stamp on the musical and cinematic world, he also found time to star in Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and write his first book, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey.
Catch a preview of him helping Graham judge a few unbelievable stories from audience members:
See him, along with Catherine Tate, David Walliams, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Annie Lennox, on The Graham Norton Show this Saturday (November 15) on BBCAmerica!Read More