Graham Norton’s Bigger Picture, BBC1

by | Aug 1, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

Graham Norton buzzes around the week’s news with some waspish stings.

What to say if you disliked it

Not Original, Ridiculously Tame, Off Now

What was good about it?

• Graham wasn’t afraid to tackle the London bombings. “Are we afraid, ladies and gentlemen? No! We’re shitting ourselves.”

• Graham wasn’t afraid to tackle the IRA’s cessation of its armed campaign: “There was a stunned silence in Balaclava World.”

• Graham’s sober attire

• It was better than the recent attempts by Anne Robinson and John Sergeant to squeeze humour out of the headlines. (this compliment is brought to you by our Damning With Faint Praise Department)

What was bad about it?

• The atrocious party pieces from guests Jane Moore, Jo Brand and Richard Wilson

• The tired butts of jokes eg Andrew Lloyd-Webber is ugly, Page 3 Girls are stupid, Michael Howard is a vampire, Charles Kennedy drinks, Cherie Blair has a big mouth, female shotputters are masculine

• Graham’s over-excited filmed interview with “friend” Sharon Stone

• The level of the “wit” was typified by a Jo Brand contribution: “I’m not wearing any pants. I wet myself earlier.”

• Lame puns at the expense of Jude Law for knobbing the Nanny eg Mary Pops It In

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