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Comic Relief’s Big Chat with Graham Norton

Thu Mar 7, 7pm-1am, BBC3

This is a project that would be right up the alley of Father Noel Furlong, Graham Norton’s regular ‘Father Ted’ scene stealer. The relentlessly infuriating Father Noel was the bane of Ted’s life: wont to suggest screeching contests or burst into impromptu versions of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Tonight, Norton undertakes a feat that would leave even Father Noel gasping for breath. Over the course of six hours, he’ll be attempting to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most questions asked on a TV chat show, all in aid of Comic Relief.

That’s a whole lot of Norton and a whole lot of guests too: as we went to press, Ronnie Corbett, Sarah Millican, Jimmy Carr, Heston Blumenthal, Louis Smith, Frank Skinner and Terry Wogan were just a handful of the literally dozens of celebs who will be playing along. Needless to say, if you don’t really like Graham Norton, this probably isn’t for you. But otherwise, this could be a laugh, not to mention an interesting study in on-screen exhaustion.