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Saturday, November 9, 2013


(Graham Norton with - seated - Sir Paul McCartney, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Katy Perry & James Corden. Image Credit: ©BBC)

Episode 2 of The Graham Norton Show Series 14, on BBC Entertainment will be screened on November 12 at 21h35. Graham welcomes the legendary Sir Paul McCartney, Hollywood heart-throb Chris Hemsworth, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, pop diva Katy Perry and comedy star James Corden.

Paul McCartney performs live in the studio and talks about the success of his new album New. “The response has been amazing. I am thrilled. When you are releasing a new album you sort of hold your breath and don’t say anything too soon.” Revealing that many of the songs were inspired by his wife (Nancy Shevell), he also talks about losing the rights to the Beatles’ catalogue. Regarding Beatlemania, he says, “It was a crazy thing. It was shocking but we loved it.”

Revealing that she is a huge fan of Paul’s work, Katy Perry says she’s finally accepting the information that she’s a grown-up. She describes her last album as “very cartoony and over the top” while her new one, Prism, is “a little bit more vulnerable, raw and a lot more present”.

James Corden talks about how he persuaded Paul to do a Comic Relief sketch and talks about his new film in which he portrays singer Paul Potts. He also reveals that he’s to star in a new musical film adaptation of Into The Woods with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt, “It’s an absolute dream come true for me. It’s fantastic and great thing to be part of.”

Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman chat about the movie, Thor. Referring to his impressive Thor physique, Hemsworth tells how he went on to play James Hunt in Rush. His director told him that he would never fit into a F1 car so he stopped eating and started running. Talking about their extreme difference in size and height, Natalie jokes that she was mainly cast in the role because she could “make anyone look huge when they stand next to me.” Asked how they did the kissing scenes, she reveals that they “usually had a ramp for me to walk up so I could land somewhere near his face!”

Paul and his band perform New live in the studio before helping Graham pull the lever as more members of the audience brave the Red Chair. After the credits roll, Paul treats the audience to an impromptu gig of two of his new songs and an old favourite, Lady Madonna.

Graham’s guests on November 19 at 21h35 will be Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Saunders and Cher. BBC

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