Graham Norton now on TEN

By David Knox on January 1, 2012 / Filed Under Programming 50

TEN will premiere The Graham Norton Show, formerly an ABC acquisition, from 8:35pm Saturday January 14th.

It will air in between two movies, Ice Age (6:30pm) and Mercury Rising (9:35pm).

There should be 13 episodes remaining in this series with first guests likely to be Gerard Butler, Karen Gillan and Noel Gallagher. Also set for January are Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy and Madonna.

But will Norton connect with TEN’s audience and is he enough to salvage Saturday nights?

Fast-Tracked directly from the UK the irrepressible Graham Norton showcases his wickedly cheeky sense of humour and fast-paced interview show.


  1. nicholasg January 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm -

    If they’re really “fasttracking” then this Saturday should see him quiz Madonna on the red sofa.

  2. Angdownunder January 13, 2012 at 1:59 am -

    It seems strange that Channel Ten are starting the series half way through. Loved the show on abc cause no ads!!! Hope it does well

  3. tony January 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm -

    I dont think is should be on Saturday night….who watches TV on a saturday night???

    Graham Norton should be on a tuesday night or a sunday night, maybe after Its a knockout.
    Graham is too funny to be put on a Saturday night

  4. mum on the go January 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm -

    On ABC the shows are only about a week old, if that, from their airing in the the ads for the show they are showing Lady Gaga…I think she was on in 2010 early 2011…so if they show that episode on Chanel 10 not only will it have ads but be a repeat….not a good move.

  5. casting couch January 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm -

    Ha! It won’t last long on TEN. Not because of lack of quality. Because vanilla 7, Nine, TEN (in particular) are completely hopeless as broadcasting anything with any regularity or reliability. What a disappointment for Norton’s fans.

  6. Jen13 January 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm -

    wamdue says: @Jen13 Norton is on the BBC in the UK, no ad breaks

    Thanks wamdue! – what a dill am I.

    I thought there weren’t any ads but then the UK channel often has a couple of ad breaks… I guess I’m just so used to fast forwarding and not looking at ads.

  7. Tom Bowyer January 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm -

    Dear Channel 10

    Why? Just, why? Why do you think that by taking what would clearly work on a small channel that had actual care for their programming would equal ratings success?? Did you hope for a Top Gear style thing, where NBN did get good ratings, but lacked the sort of consistency to keep good ratings? Maybe you thought that, like Torchwood, this is clearly a new demographic that you can capitalise on? And so you’ll put all the love and care you need to put into it. You’ll promo it to death, by slightly misleading the audience. They won’t mind, of course, because they’re just so happy to see it. And what to do about the audience who don’t watch your movies? Well why not give it a flexible timeslot, to make sure that they watch your movies. I’m sure that they won’t go into Back To The Future induced fever dreams because you can’t be fecked to buy any other films. After a while, you’ll see that your master programming decisions don’t seem to work with the general public. This is clearly the fault of the general public and therefore you’ll hide it away, not as a mistake, oh no, because it did well on ABC2, so maybe we just need to work harder on it. And your solution will be to put it on at a new timeslot, for a new demographic. Because midnight is when all the cool people watch TV. And one day, after it’s failed, ABC2 might pick it up stealthily, and I will rejoice. And so will others. Because it’s another loss for the number 4 performing channel in Australia. Maybe it isn’t your programs that are the problem 10. Maybe it’s something else. And if you lose to SBS this year, well I don’t think any amount of documentaries about Hitler will be able to claw viewers over to your side.

    Yours, sincerely

    Thomas Bowyer (a very loyal non-viewer)

  8. Jack! January 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm -

    The best chat show in the world … and by far the funniest!

  9. Nelle January 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm -

    Because Chanel ten have no originality what so ever ie making reality TV or recreating shows from the eighties such as young talent time, it’s a knock out. They have to resource something that is doing well from good ol’ Aunty. But if any commercial TV station buys Doctor Who from ABC, I’ll be sooooo annoyed!

  10. Laura January 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm -

    I hope they fast-track the episodes… it sucked having to wait 10 days after they aired in the uk

  11. snowflake January 3, 2012 at 10:11 am -

    not too happy about the ad breaks but i tend to record it so i guess i’ll just fast forward the ads.

  12. robert January 3, 2012 at 7:52 am -

    Hey, the ‘We’re Still Number Four” clip is on You Tube. Go check it out!

  13. Maev....Sydney January 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm -

    I have two concerns…….are they going to snip bits from the show to fit in all the ads they have….will 15 minutes be enough….
    And two….Graham and his guests can get very ‘blue’ often….and lotsa kiddies are still up at 8.30Pm at night….’specially Saturday nights….

  14. Stan January 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm -

    Philm, it’s funny that you mention Alan Carr’s talk show because ABC2 will be using it to replace Norton in his old timeslot from next week.

    On another note, TEN are screening Norton much earlier than the two ABC channels ever did. But being inbetween movies will see it move all over the place.

  15. MJR January 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm -

    lets hope TEN dont kill it on sat night on on being on ten with adds
    otherwise happy to see them again

  16. Mason January 2, 2012 at 11:47 am -

    This is a big disappointment. I too thought it was perfectly placed on the ABC although it would have held its own on the primary channel. Eevn knowing bthis was comingit’s still a let down considering how 10 treat viewers theses days.
    The ads will be annoying too for the two weeks it’s on at 8.30 and then perpetually shafted to differnt timeslots. Good on you 10.

  17. robert January 2, 2012 at 7:42 am -

    Thanks Beckala! That’s it! Must see if it’s on You Tube ….

  18. wamdue January 2, 2012 at 3:06 am -

    @Jen13 Norton is on the BBC in the UK, no ad breaks.

  19. Beckala January 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm -

    Robert: We’re still number 4, we’re watching our ratings, fall through the floor!!!

  20. Jen13 January 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm -

    I’ve watched it on ABC2, and on the UK channel which has a couple of ad breaks to wind through – not too much of a bother!
    But I think the main problem with 10 is not just the number of ad breaks and their duration, but that you’ll never know when it’s on or what time, as the commercial channels have no respect for their audiences and chop and change programs all the time.
    With both ABC2 and the UK channel, you know their scheduling is reliable.
    So I’ll not be watching 10 for Graham Norton or anything else!

  21. jenfringe January 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm -

    Remember those three weeks The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (global edition) was on Ten?

    That’s how long I think Ten will give Norton.

  22. David Knox January 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm -

    Barry: UKTV is currently running channel premiere episodes, but not yet sure how it is affected long-term.

  23. red January 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm -

    What Lucky Lawrenson said.

  24. Barrie January 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm -

    David, do you know if UKTV still have the rights to this show as well? They seemed to be about 6 months behind ABC1, I know it will still have ads on the UKTV version but i have a feeling it will have twice as many ads on channel 10

  25. The G'ster January 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm -

    People power saw Aussies switch off Top Gear when it swapped from SBS to 9. Seems BBC didn’t learn their lesson in choosing big bucks over the original channel so Graham fans let’s show them again.

  26. barrett January 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm -

    Shame,enjoyed it on ABC2 but will not watch or even bother trying to record it on Ten.
    Looks like alternate avenues will be explored for viewing TGNS now.
    Agree on the sweep idea….how about a poll David – just for fun.

  27. robert January 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm -

    BTW CH10 – I used to enjoy watching The Graham Norton Show on the ABC. I won’t be watching it on Ch10.

  28. robert January 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm -

    Have to agree with Paul. Ten will probably drop it after a few weeks.
    What is it with the comercial channels? All they do these days is show repeats of old ABC shows, or pinch them and dump them. No wonder Ten came Fourth. “We’re still Number 4, We’re still Number 4″. Remember that little piece of fun?

  29. Nick January 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm -

    “not TEN’s demographic”

    What is TEN’s demographic these days? Anyway, I don’t think they want to attract TEN’s traditional demographic. They want the baby boomer ABC viewers who stay home on Saturday night. Seven employs a similar strategy with British shows.

    I won’t be watching it. Fox Sports is my saturday night viewing most of the year.

  30. Jezza (the first original one) January 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm -

    Ten should build their saturday night around this show. It is very entertaining and given the right approach could be a huge win for them. However as usual with aussie tv execs….they have not got a clue.

    @ Oscar…. you are almost right….Rove is like a ‘bad’ version of GN

  31. Goonies January 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm -

    I am disappointed for all those in regional areas who don’t get ch 10, now they miss out (like my mum) :-(

    Please don’t wreck it 10, please!

  32. Johnson January 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm -

    @Bella: I don’t think the ABC sold Graham Norton Show to Ten, rather Ten paid more money than the ABC to secure the rights. Just like Nine paid big bucks to grab BBC documentaries and a number of dramas (e.g. Sherlock) from the hands of the ABC.

  33. Ronnie January 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm -

    That really is disappointing news…it was perfectly positioned on ABC 2 (without ads). I cannot see how Ten will pull themselves out of their funk this year. James Warbuton has a huge job ahead of him.

  34. Les January 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm -

    With Graham stuck between the umpteenth repeat of Ice Age and the umpteenth repeat of Mercury Rising, nobody’s going to notice. It’d be better off on 11 with the other comedy shows. It’s British-centric, doesn’t age well and not TEN’s demographic. I guess we are still in the ‘silly’ season. I’ll give it until the start of the important ratings before it’s moved.

  35. philm January 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm -

    If it Had to go to commercial TV Seven should have scooped it up for 7TWO. They really should try and go after a few of the other British talk shows for there late nights (Alan Carr springs to mind).

    In between 2 movies will not do this any favours. Hopefully it can just start at 8:30 every week. Needs stability.

  36. Bogues January 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm -

    Sticking it between two movies (especially between a kids movie and adults one) will ensure it never gets a regular audience.

  37. tomothy January 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm -

    It won’t last on TEN, especially between two movies and with a start time that is bound to shake around 15mins to 30mins either side depending on the nights movies.

    Plus – This is an ABC show, it doesn’t suit TENs other programming. Saturday night is a terrible night for it, plus with the addition of commercial breaks, it’s really going to be destroyed.

    Hopefully it will be available on their website so we can stream it later on.

  38. Bella January 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm -

    Thanks for start date. I love The Graham Norton Show. Still annoyed that the ABC sold it. Hopefully TEN won’t ruin it. Also wouldn’t mind if they could repeat it on ELEVEN or ONE during the week.

  39. deedeedragons January 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm -

    What Paul said.

  40. Secret Squïrrel January 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm -

    @Andrew – I’m wondering that if you didn’t watch it on Saturday (or Thursday) on the ABC before, why you’d suddenly start now? It certainly is a fun show. If you’re not doing anything at 10:15pm tomorrow you could have a look on ABC2 at what you’ve been missing and see if it’s really your thing. Guests include Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, and Eddie Izzard.

  41. Anthony January 1, 2012 at 11:46 am -

    Great, now its going to be full of ads. Which they left it on the abc.

  42. Lucky Lawrenson January 1, 2012 at 11:21 am -

    Another good show that will be destroyed by endless ad breaks and episodes held off only for rating periods…

  43. Oscar January 1, 2012 at 11:19 am -

    This is one of the few shows I watch on TV anymore. He is fantastic, like a ‘good’ version of Rove, with genuinely good and funny guests. I hope it works okay on Saturday nights on Ten….

  44. thesportsfreak January 1, 2012 at 11:13 am -

    Well, those who enjoyed it on ABC2 should be able to easily find it on Ten. Ie, stop your whinging that it’s moving channel because the show isn’t changing. Just because it’ll have some ads between it, doesn’t make it different. It’s just like watching it on UKTV.

  45. far2busy January 1, 2012 at 10:48 am -

    @Paul – so true!!! What will 10 do when there are 4 guests on the couch and 3 of them are British national treasures that Australians have never heard of? I love the show but commercial tv tends to handle this kind of thing poorly.

  46. stevieg January 1, 2012 at 10:26 am -

    Yeah, i already enjoyed this show on a Saturday night. On the ABC, with out ads. Grrrr.

  47. MillerT1 January 1, 2012 at 10:19 am -

    I don’t think it’s a very good idea for Ten to air it in between two movies. To me, it kind of gives the impression that they care more about the movies. They should find some other programming to put at 6:30 and 7:30. They should trial stuff like they have been doing a lot on Friday nights. Hopefully this year we get some more better stuff on the main channels on Saturday nights.

  48. Archer January 1, 2012 at 10:18 am -

    Agree with Paul, we should run a sweep on how long it lasts before 10 changes its timeslot etc. Mind you Ch 9 would be guranteed to move it after the first week.

  49. Paul January 1, 2012 at 6:42 am -

    I give it 2 to 3 weeks before it is moved to Eleven, ONE or disappears completely. Leaving those of us who enjoyed it on ABC 2, to be pretty annoyed.

  50. Andrew January 1, 2012 at 6:28 am -

    Having never watched his show while on the ABC the promo’s look good,I feel it’s something we need on a Saturday night for a change I.e:some real fun entertainment.

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