Who is on The Graham Norton Show tonight?

THE Graham Norton Show is on tonight (October 16) with a host of funny and famous faces.

Here's who will be joining the Irish superstar presenter on this evening's show.

Who will be on tonight's The Graham Norton Show?

Arsène Wenger

Former Arsenal manager Arsène will be on the show.

Tonight Graham asks Arsène about Alex Ferguson, and whether the aggression towards him was real and says: “He was my biggest rival for 10 years. Competition is real – it’s you or me. Pain hurts and the biggest pain is to lose a football game.

"I was physically sick when I lost. When I was a young manager, I thought I would not survive in the job because the tension is so high and the pain so big when you lose.”

Samuel L. Jackson and wife Latanya

Samuel and Latanya join Graham for a chat from LA about their upcoming
documentary Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Talking about taking a DNA test to discover his roots and meeting the tribe he is descended from in Gabon, Samuel says, “It was wonderful meeting them – it is easy to be comfortable when you are welcomed like a lost son. I was embraced and celebrated – it was like a homecoming.”

Asked about their 40-year marriage and how Samuel proposed, Latanya says, “He never did.” Samuel interjects, “Didn’t I, I don’t remember.”

Continuing the story, she says: “My grandfather was concerned that he wouldn’t be around to walk me up the aisle, so I told Samuel that first he had to ask my grandfather if he could marry me and then he had to ask me!”

Dawn French

Legendary comedian Dawn also joins Graham.

Dawn, describing her new novel, Because of You, tells Graham: “It’s about identity, belonging, and families. It’s about who make us really – whether it’s the blood connection, the genes, or who steps up and raises you.

"Is that what we are made of? I’m interested in those things and that’s what I wanted to write about.”

Asked if she ever allows her husband to read her work, she says: “No – I made that mistake when I first met Mark of showing him one of my books and he fell asleep while reading it!”

Freddie Flintoff

Freddie, will be talking about his new book Right.

Speaking to Graham he says on the show: “During lockdown I had a lot going on in my head so I thought I would put it all in a book.”

Asked about cricket dominating his life, he says: “In sport you need to be selfish but I was selfish as a person – when we won I’d go out with the lads and celebrate, but when I lost, the family would get it when I would go home and sulk.

"I wouldn’t speak and it would do me in for days and days. Looking back on my career all the games that stand out are the losses – I could tell you how I got out, but never how many runs I scored.”

Talking about possibly coaching in the future, he says, “I never thought I would say this, but since I’ve retired, I’ve actually started loving cricket more than I ever did, and further down the line I would like to coach.

"There would only be two teams to coach – Lancashire or England – but I have lots of clawing back to do before I am even considered!”

What time is The Graham Norton Show on tonight?

The show airs every Friday night.

Catch the show tonight (October 16, 2020) at 10.45pm on BBC One.

You can catch up episodes on iPlayer.

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