Graham Norton jokes he'll 'forget' to turn up for Sunday morning show on Virgin Radio after years of working Saturdays

GRAHAM Norton has joked he'll "forget" to turn up for his new Sunday morning show on Virgin Radio – after years of only working on Saturdays.

The 57-year-old quit the BBC after ten years on Radio Two – and is now taking on two weekend shows.

Talking to Breakfast Show presenter Chris Evans about picking up an extra shift, Graham laughed: “Even I keep forgetting about the Sunday show. I hope I show up.

"I was in the supermarket yesterday looking at avocados thinking ‘ooh, that’d be nice on Sunday mor… oh, no!’

“The show to listen to is Sunday, because if everything goes alright on Saturday I’ll be really over confident on Sunday."

His new schedule puts an end to any late-night Saturday night drinking for the presenter, admits Graham.

He said: “Pre-pandemic I’d normally be out on a Saturday night for a dinner or something – it wouldn’t be bonkers.

"But at the moment, the difference is I won’t watch the seventh and eighth episode of something, I’ll go to bed to be ready for the Sunday show.”

Despite spending a decade presenting his Radio Two show, this weekend will see Graham have full control for the very first time.

He said: “Here’s my confession – at Radio 2 I was never allowed to touch a button, I was just gloves on, and I’d sit there and talk. So everything happened around me.

"But here, I’m pushing some buttons and it’s pathetic how excited that makes me.

"It’s like that thing when you’ve learned to drive, you’ve passed your test and then you’re on the motorway and you’re like ‘this isn’t illegal…but it should be!’”

Graham, a best-selling author as well as a TV and radio host, told how it was the right time to leave the BBC – because he hated having his pay revealed annually.

His first weekend of Virgin shows will feature Cold Feet’s Fay Ripley, Ralf Little, of Death In Paradise, Location, Location, Location’s Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer, and SAS hardman Ant Middleton.

And alongside his bumper guest list, Graham is hopeful his BBC audience will follow him over to Virgin Radio.

Graham told The Sun: “The show will be very close to what I was doing on Radio 2, playing music and rambling on.

“Hopefully we’ll get listener interaction and guests as well will be walking by.

“If you think about having an audience for the weekend, it’s a very different relationship than just having them from Saturday morning.

"It’ll be interesting to find out who that Sunday audience is, what they’re doing. Because on Saturday you’ve got a real sense that people are listening as they do things."

  • The Graham Norton Radio Show starts tomorrow and Sunday, 9:30am-12:30pm. You can listen advert-free on DAB, online, via the free Virgin Radio app or on your smart speaker.

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