KATE WINSLET, IDRIS ELBA, CHRIS ROCK & LIAM GALLAGHER TO APPEAR ON THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW THIS WEEK 108

This week, Graham is joined by Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, who star in the romance disaster movie The Mountain Between Us, and Chris Rock. Plus music and chat from Liam Gallagher, who performs his latest single For What It’s Worth.

Kate Winslet, talking about filming The Mountain Between Us, in which she stars with Idris Elba, says, “Filming in the Rockies was amazing and I couldn’t wait to get there. I was so excited. Can you imagine flying by helicopter to work in the morning? It was incredible.”

Talking about how the director had never done a love scene before, Kate says, “I had to get quite bossy. I’ve done quite a lot of these scenes before and poor Hany [Abu-Assad] was really quite nervous and had an extensive shot list and I thought, ‘We are never going to get this done.’ Idris was a bit nervous too and everything was moving a bit slowly so I just said, ‘Okay boys, this is what we are going to do…’ and we just got on with it.” Adding, “We got naked but Idris asked me to keep my socks on – I thought he didn’t like feet but, it is the opposite, Idris loves feet!” Idris interjects rather bashfully, “I’ve just got a bit of a thing.”

Asked about her early career ambitions, says, “I thought about being a hairdresser and once tried cutting my own hair with paper scissors which wasn’t a great idea. When I was a bit older an old family friend agreed to me doing his hair and I inadvertently cut off a bit of his ear! It was just a little nick. It was really, really small but I remember it falling to the ground. It turned out to be his claim to fame! Lucky man!”

Talking about filming with Justin Timberlake on her new Woody Allen movie Wonder Wheel, she says, “It was very low budget and I ended up sharing a small trailer with Justin with him at one end and me at the other with a very thin partition in between. I tried to practice the art of not hearing but I could hear everything including him weeing in the morning so I would be like, ‘Morning Justin Timberlake!’ He would shout hello and then start singing and I thought, ‘I really do quite like my life!'”

Idris, talking about the sub-zero conditions he and Kate endured during the making of the film, says, “The director was very clear from the beginning how cold it would be. I kept saying, ‘Jamaica’s got mountains. Why don’t we just go there?’ but he wasn’t having any of that!”

Providing a lot more detail about filming in -38°C temperatures, he says, “Don’t try and take a pee… there is a lot of steam and then frozen crystals… bing, bing, bing! You have to put everything away very quickly!”

Asked about his lack of romantic leads, he says, “I just haven’t had the opportunity. I’ve done a lot of films where there are a lot of guys so I just haven’t had the chance.” Chris Rock interjects, “That’s no excuse!”

Talking about his early career ambitions, Idris says, “I originally wanted to be a radio DJ. I wanted to be like Chris Tarrant. I love him. He was the man. Him and all those other guys on radio had such rich voices and I just wanted to do that. When I was about 13 I got my first gig on hospital radio. It was lovely but the shout-outs were a bit weird.”

Chris Rock, talking about his return to stand-up with a new tour, and asked if it’s because there is such rich pickings in the world at the moment, he jokes, “No. I’m doing it because I am broke! I just got divorced and need money! It’s killing me.” Drinking some water, he says, “Watch this. My wife just got 30% of that sip!”

Asked if the Trump jokes write themselves, he jokes, “I like Trump. It might work out. Give him a chance! I used to see him at clubs about 20 years ago and girls would be all over him. He was the man… now he’s the Devil!” Adding, “The tour evolves as I go along. You never know what Trump will do next and you have to be ready.”

On being entertained at the White House by the Obamas, he says, “I was talking to Michelle and she was like, ‘I don’t know what will happen and what we will do.’ And I said, ‘You’ll be alright. You’ll get on something. Maybe Housewives of Atlanta. You will be fine. She looks at me and goes, ‘I was talking about the country!’ I have never felt so stupid in my life!”

Liam Gallagher performs For What It’s Worth live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat. Talking about his reluctance to bring out a solo album, he says, “I prefer to be in a band. It’s better when you are with the lads. But it’s good to be back making music.”

Asked why he stays on Twitter, he says, “God knows. But I like winding people up. Without a doubt that is what it is about. Everyone is a bit square at the moment, a bit serious and miserable. Some of my tweets are a bit out of order and I do apologise for them.”

And on the antagonistic tweets between him and his brother Noel, he says, “They are for real. We don’t like each other. Lots of people have asked us to get back together and they keep adding noughts. They’ve offered us millions and millions but its not about the money.

Revealing why they originally fell out, he says, “The grudge started when he was about 19 and he bought a stereo. I’d had my first drink that night and got up to pee. I couldn’t find the light so I relieved myself over his new sound system. He was livid and that’s where it started.”

On making peace with Chris Martin and Coldplay, he says, “We are good now. We don’t go out for stroll or anything like that but it’s fine. I was only messing anyway and they liked me taking the mickey.”

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YOUR ULTIMATE TV GUIDE: WHO’S APPEARING ON WHAT? 31

Here is your guide to the upcoming TV appearances, from The Voice to Sounds Like Friday Night, awards show to chat shows.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 13 APRIL @ 19.30 ON BBC ONE
Greg James is joined in the studio by special guest Lily Allen. Returning with her first new album in four years, Lily performs two tracks, including her latest single Higher. Sam Smith treats Dotty to an exclusive performance when she meets him backstage at the O2 as he embarks on a world tour. Singer-songwriter James Bay also returns with new music, performing his single Wild Love live in the studio. Australian chart-toppers 5 Seconds of Summer give a special performance of Want You Back – the lead single from their highly anticipated third album.

There is also part two of Dotty’s trip to Tokyo to meet Little Mix – this week they take on Sounds Like Friday Night’s 60 Seconds of Song challenge. How many of their hits can they cram into one minute?

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 13 APRIL @ 22.35 ON BBC ONE
Graham is joined by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Oscar-nominated star of Moonlight and James Bond Naomie Harris, starring together in monster movie Rampage, and Sherlock and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, appearing in horror anthology Ghost Stories. Roger Daltrey performs his new single As Long as I Have You.

ZOE BALL ON SATURDAY – SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ 08.30 ON ITV
To kick start her brand new show Zoe Ball will be joined by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey and Radio 1 DJ Greg James. Plus, there’s music in the studio from award-winning US band Walk The Moon.

HARRY HILL’S ALIEN FUN CAPSULE – SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ 19.30 ON ITV
Helping Harry Hill fill the fun capsule and prevent an alien invasion this week are, comedian Micky Flanagan, political journalist Robert Peston, Coronation Street actor Sally Dynevor, and broadcasting legend Anneka Rice.

ZOE BALL ON SUNDAY – SUNDAY 15 APRIL @ 08.30 ON ITV
Zoe Ball eases us into Sunday morning, with celeb chats and music from singer-songwriter Lissie. Plus, The Saturdays’ Mollie King meets Hollywood stars Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning – find out what they make of Zoe’s ‘bag of balls’!

LOOSE WOMEN – MONDAY 16 TO FRIDAY 20 APRIL @12:30 ON ITV
On Monday, Boy George drops by to talk about the upcoming Culture Club tour. Tuesday sees Brian Conley reveal all about his new show Buy It Now. Amanda Redman drops by on Wednesday to discuss the latest series of The Good Karma Hospital, while American actress Kathleen Turner drops in on Thursday. Finally, joining the girls on Friday will be music icons Shaggy and Sting

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 19 APRIL @ 22.00 ON ITV2
Joining the panel this week is TV presenter Scarlett Moffat, First Dates Fed Sirieix and Geordie funny man Chris Ramsey.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 APRIL @ 19.30 ON BBC ONE
Greg James and Dotty present and are joined by Canadian chart topper Shawn Mendes. With over four billion views online, Shawn performs two songs live in the studio. Indie rockers The Vaccines perform their new single I Can’t Quit, while Brits Critic Choice winner Jorja Smith delivers a special performance of her track Blue Light.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 20 APRIL @ 22.35 ON BBC ONE
Graham is joined by Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Dr Strange in Avengers: Infinity War, Matt LeBlanc, playing himself in the final series of Episodes, actress Maxine Peake, playing a 70s club comedian in Funny Cow and Mary Berry and Claudia Winkleman talking about new BBC1 show Britain’s Best Cook. Plus music from Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa, performing new single One Kiss.

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 26 APRIL @ 22.00 ON ITV2
Joining the panel this week are pop sensation John Newman and Celebrity Juice regular Gino ‘Sheffield’ D’Acampo.

HOLLYOAKS CONFIRMS SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER STORYLINE 31

Hollyoaks are set to launch a powerful new mental health storyline for Alfie Nightingale as he starts hearing a voice and is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.

The teenager has been struggling to cope with life since the loss of his soulmate Jade Albright and his loved ones started to fear that he was exhibiting odd behaviour when he worked on a robot to replace Jade.

But in coming weeks, when a voice in Alfie’s head starts communicating with him and ordering him to do things, it becomes clear that things are extremely serious. And Hollyoaks has been working with the charity Mind to ensure that it represents the condition with sensitivity and accuracy.

The storyline, which will form part of the soap’s award-winning #DontFilterFeelings campaign

In episodes due to air at the beginning of April, Alfie will freak out when a voice in his head tells him not to trust his family and when he tries to ignore it and goes stargazing with Ellie, he is continuously plagued by the voice which is warning him off.

It is just the beginning of a difficult journey for Alfie who will be given the diagnosis, which involves patients experiencing psychotic symptoms not dissimilar to schizophrenia and the mood symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Richard Linnell who plays Alfie said: ‘I feel deeply honoured to have been trusted with such a strong and complex story for Alfie. We’ve been working closely with both Mind, and talking to people who have been kind enough to share their personal experiences of the condition.

‘It’s going to be a tumultuous road ahead for Alfie and in telling a deeply truthful, powerful story we hope to continue to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health as a whole.’

A spokesperson for Mind added: ‘We are so pleased that Hollyoaks are tackling the mental health condition Schizoaffective Disorder and have enjoyed working with them over many months. We know that when done well soap storylines can have a really positive affect on a huge audience, changing attitudes and encouraging people to seek help.’

As part of the #DontFilterFeelings campaign, which has included other storylines such as Scott’s depression and Lily’s self harm, Hollyoaks also sought the help and advice of mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, who helped to create the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary Stranger On A Bridge.

He said: ‘It was a real privilege to work with Hollyoaks on this storyline. The soap has done fantastic work in increasing understanding and reducing stigma attached to mental health issues in the past. The team I worked with were wonderful.

‘I really hope this storyline will make an impact on public perception of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, which has for too long been misconceived and feared. I’m so pleased Hollyoaks have been brave and bold enough to tackle this sensitive subject.’

The storyline kicks off on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm on E4.