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The Graham Norton Show featuring Kylie Minogue and Russell Crowe, BBC1 – Friday 4th April: TV Review

By mbarber  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

The Graham Norton Show

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After a short break, this Friday evening gateway to the weekend is back with all the pzazz of the previous series.

The secret of its success lies not just with Graham’s quick wit and loveable pussycat personality, but in the choice of guests and their interaction.

Last night we had the perpetually pretty, pert pop princess Kylie Minogue, superstar Russell Crowe, who at times seemed bemused, but clearly doesn’t suffer fools and Cameron Diaz, the over-animated star of Shrek and Charlie’s Angels. They were teamed with the quietly spoken actor and director Richard Ayoade who came up with just the right pedantic quip at just the right time.

To Russell’s chagrin, we were reminded that he had started his career with Kylie in Neighbours - and of course there was a clip as proof.

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The star of Noah - which went on release yesterday - went on to detail how as a child he had lost a tooth in a rugby match, but had been determined to do nothing about it.

“I did 100 auditions, but didn’t get a part until I had the tooth fixed,” he said.

There was much laughter as photos of ill-conceived waxworks of the stars came up on screen, with Russell saying that he never gives them his blessing.

It wouldn’t be a Graham Norton show without a risqué element and here Cameron obliged by putting forward her views on body hair.

Enough said.

Kylie wouldn’t confirm whether she would be back for another season of The Voice, but it looks unlikely as she will be on tour at the time.

She proved why she is still a singer to be reckoned with by her performance of her hugely catchy latest release Into the Blue.

Those 50 minutes go quickly, testimony to a rock solid programme and illustrating why Graham has trounced his rivals - and yes I do mean you Jonathan Ross, and sadly also Michael McIntyre.

Marilyn Barber

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