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Host Graham Norton (rear) with (front, left - right) Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Hynes and Snoop Dogg during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, south London, to be aired on Friday.
Host Graham Norton (rear) with (front, left - right) Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Hynes and Snoop Dogg during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, south London, to be aired on Friday.
Graham Norton poses with guests Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Hynes and Snoop Dogg. (BBCA)

Graham Norton is back this Saturday, June 4 at 10/9c, with an American/British lineup on his chat show The Graham Norton Show. The first half of the show features Tomorrowland stars George ClooneyBritt Robertson, and Anglo fan favorite Hugh Laurie. The “second act” is topped up with wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (HerculesFast & Furious 6), musician Snoop Dogg, and British actress and writer Jessica Hynes (Spaced, Twenty Twelve).

Clooney officially joined the Anglophile club when marrying British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Prior to this high-profile coupling, the Oscar winner starred in the hit TV series ER, and blockbuster films like Ocean’s 12, Syriana, and Up in the Air.

In addition to talking about the recently released Tomorrowland, Clooney shares this zinger of a story about playing pranks on fellow actor Brad Pitt:

Meanwhile, the secret has been out for a while now, but initially many Americans didn’t realize that Dr. House is actually English in real life. Yes, he is. Hugh Laurie has starred in British comedy classics like Blackadder and A Bit of Fry and Laurie and has become a regular on American television starring in the title role of House M.D. You may have recently spotted him on HBO’s Veep as Senator Tom James. He’s hopped onto the big screen, joining Clooney and Robertson (The Longest Ride) in Tomorrowland as David Nix, the governor of the fantastical city.

In the second act of this week’s Graham, here Snoop Dogg pulls double-duty, performing his new single “Peaches N Cream” at the halfway mark of the show, and then sticks around to chat. Here’s a look at the video for his new single:

You may know “The Rock” from the WWE ring, but he prefers to go by his proper name of Dwayne Johnson. Johnson appears fit enough to compete, but has retired his tight pants, and is now a full-time actor. We enjoy seeing him in action films like the Fast and Furious franchise and showing off his softer side like in The Tooth Fairy. We’ll see him next in the 3D earthquake disaster film San Andreas, hitting U.S. theaters on May 29.

Graham does a superb job of highlighting some of Johnson’s classic catchphrases as “The Rock” in the below clip:

“Moving on,” as Graham would say, we’re finally through the lineup landing at our featured Brit: Jessica Hynes. Hynes just won a BAFTA for Female Performance in a Comedy Program based on her role in W1A, the follow-up to Twenty Twelve, also starring Hugh Bonneville. She portrays high-strung brand guru Siobhan Sharpe, who is working on behalf of the BBC.

Here’s a peek at Siobhan in all her glory as a catchphrase creator:

Hynes has been a working actress since 1993, and in 1999 co-wrote and co-starred in the surreal sitcom Spaced with friend Simon Pegg. They portrayed two friends living together, sharing a space, but who aren’t a couple.

The roommates explain their dynamic in the below clip:

In 2007, Hynes appeared as Joan Redfern in the widely acclaimed Doctor Who two-parter “Human Nature” and “The Family of Blood,” which saw the Doctor (David Tennant) living as John Smith in 1913 England:

Proving your hip hop chops in front of Snoop Dogg is no easy task, but Jessica Hynes proves she’s up to it on this week’s Graham. Here she is spittin’ a bit of Kool Moe Dee for the audience. Does Snoop approve? Watch the clip and see:

You can watch the full episode of The Graham Norton Show this Saturday, June 4, on BBCA.

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By Brigid Brown