Graham Norton: Virgin Radio show is going to be a hit


Graham Norton said his new show on Virgin Radio would be a “blow in the arm” after a decade on BBC Radio 2.

The presenter, who makes his debut as a weekend host on Saturday, joked that it was the first time he had adrenaline in his body since 2010.

The 57-year-old follows in the footsteps of former Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans by joining the station, and is replaced at the BBC by Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman.

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He told the PA News Agency, “I would say I’m a little nervous. Nervous and excited, which is rare for me. I like it. I like to feel like that.

“I haven’t had adrenaline in my body for about 10 years. It is a shock to the system. “

Speaking of feeling grateful for the work during the coronavirus pandemic, he added, “I’m really excited because the opportunity to start something new right now is amazing.

“Because I’ve been on Radio 2 for a long time, you get into a routine, and I was happy there, but it’s just a hit in the arm. It’s very exciting.”

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Norton aired its last Radio 2 program from Wogan House in London in December – 10 years after its first Saturday morning show for the station.

He will be joined on Virgin Radio by longtime Presenting Partner Maria McErlane known for co-hosting the Aunt Agony Grill Graham segment.

But Norton predicted his debut on Saturday would be “a little weird.”

He said: “There are bound to be a few costumes that smell and I will be aware that there will probably be reporters listening to him to see what I’m saying… oh my God.

“Sunday will be the first suitable day when it’s just me and the real listeners and we have a good time. But tomorrow will be a little strange I guess.

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Graham Norton leaves Wogan House after airing his latest program on BBC Radio 2 (Kirsty O'Connor / PA)

Graham Norton leaves Wogan House after airing his latest program on BBC Radio 2 (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)


Graham Norton leaves Wogan House after airing his latest program on BBC Radio 2 (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)

Norton also appeared on Evans’ breakfast show Friday, where he admitted he kept forgetting that he doubled his workload on weekends.

“Even I always forget about the Sunday show,” he said.

“I hope I will introduce myself. I was at the supermarket yesterday looking at avocados thinking, “Oh, that would be great Sunday morning… oh, no”.

However, the talk show host said the extra schedule would not affect him too much due to Covid-19 restrictions which were already disrupting his social life.

He said: “Before the pandemic, I would normally be out on a Saturday night for dinner or something – that wouldn’t be crazy. But for now, the difference is that I won’t be watching the seventh and eighth episode of something, I’m going to bed to be ready for the Sunday show.

Evans, 54, also reminded him of the role he played in pushing him away from the BBC.

He said, “The last time you were on the breakfast show, you said, ‘It’s lovely in here,’ and I said, ‘It is, it is. “

“And you said,” You look so different and happy, “and I said,” I know. “

“I loved working at Radio 2 but didn’t know there was another level of joy to be had. And you have the same vibe, don’t you?

Norton replied, “I really did. And you were like, ‘Oh, you should come work here.’ And as I walked away thinking, ‘Well, that will never happen, but it actually would be. pretty good. “

Norton joined Radio 2 in 2010 to host the 10am to 1pm Saturday slot, succeeding Jonathan Ross.

Figures released in September showed he was among the broadcaster’s top earners and took around £ 725,000 for his show on Radio 2 and some TV work, but not for his talk show on BBC One.

Graham Norton is on Virgin Radio Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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