Episode four of The Graham Norton Show, coming express from the UK to BritBox on Friday, 28 October, has a local connection this week as Graham welcomes Strictly Come Dancing favourite Motsi Mabuse to the studio, to chat about her career and her new autobiography. Joining her on the sofa are superstar rapper Stormzy, Hollywood A-lister Geena Davis, and British actor Stephen Graham.
Stormzy talks about his new album, Geena Davis says Susan Sarandon blew her mind, Stephen Graham discusses his new true crime drama, and Motsi Mabuse talks about finding her rhythm.
Stormzy, talking about his new album, says, “It’s a different sound to some extent. From the beginning of my career I’ve been adventurous and like to explore melody and soul music. This album is from the soul, from a very personal place.”
Geena recalls her “insanely polite” upbringing, which she has written about in her new memoir, Dying of Politeness. “I was still completely self-effacing when I met Susan Sarandon. On the very first day my mind was blown when I heard her say what she was thinking. It sounds crazy but I was so unused to seeing a woman be like that. I learnt so much from her.”
Stephen, discussing his powerful true crime TV drama The Walk-In, says, “It’s very close to my heart – it’s a very poignant and powerful drama that’s really relevant to what is happening today. It’s a wonderful piece and what I really like is being part of something that puts a mirror up to society.” Talking about his acclaimed film Boiling Point, he says, “We made a tiny little film and never dreamed of the success it had – it was phenomenal.”
Motsi, asked if her family has read her autobiography Finding My Own Rhythm, says, “No they haven’t because I didn’t ask them to. I will give it to them for Christmas. Everyone in my family has a view and opinion about everything in my life so I was like, ‘Let me do this on my own so I can put everything down as I saw it.’”
Stormzy performs his new single Hide and Seek live in-studio for the first time before Graham pulls the lever on more foolhardy audience members brave enough sit in the world-famous big red chair to tell their funniest stories.
New episodes of The Graham Norton Show Season 30 launch every Friday on BritBox, just seven days after airing in the UK, with all previous episodes available to binge. Next week in episode five, on Friday 4 November, Graham’s guests include Bono, Taylor Swift, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Scott, and Lady Blackbird.
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