Graham Norton jokes about chat-show move

Comedian Graham Norton has been discussing his forthcoming move to Friday evenings as a replacement for Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.

 

Comedian Graham Norton has been discussing his forthcoming move to Friday evenings as a replacement for Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Later this month Norton’s chat-show will move into the slot previously occupied by Ross who departed the corporation in July. It was widely speculated that Norton would replace the departing Ross in the Friday night slot and the BBC eventually confirmed this. Ahead of Norton’s move to Friday’s the comedian has been talking to the Radio Times.

 

“Shows have now been taken over by comedians and the like, who have big personalities of their own,. This evolution was inevitable. It’s fine to have a show all about the guest if you’re talking to Bette Davis or Frank Sinatra, but if you are talking to someone from Emmerdale – I mean, I am not that interested, are you? The good thing is that it seems ITV have stopped spending any money after 10pm so the slot isn’t that competitive any more,” he said. “Having said that, we will probably be beaten by a repeat of Ice Truck Drivers Uncovered on Sky4.” ” – Norton in the Radio Times

In September ITV launched their own Friday evening chat-show following the return of Paul O’Grady to the broadcaster. Paul O’Grady Live airs at 9pm on Friday evenings but has so far been beaten by New Tricks, and for one week by Strictly Come Dancing, on BBC One. Ratings also declined for several weeks though they have now bounced back to 4 million viewers the show is still struggling. However, all year ITV have struggled to find a successful 9pm show for the Friday evening slot with flops including Michael Winner’s Dinning Stars .