The Graham Norton Show will continue with new series despite coronavirus

Tasha Hegarty
Photo credit: Christopher Baines - BBC

From Digital Spy

The Graham Norton Show will continue filming its upcoming series despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The BBC has recognised the need for some light relief in these uncertain times and found a way to keep our favourite talk show host still chatting.

He'll return to screens on April 10. It's also been confirmed that the episode will air at the earlier time of 9pm and will last 30 minutes.

Director General Tony Hall said in a statement: "The BBC is determined to do all it can to raise a smile and keep the country entertained during these testing times.

"We have lots of great shows already recorded, but we have also found ways to keep many other shows going so that the familiar faces people love will still be in their living rooms in the weeks and months ahead.

Photo credit: Christopher Baines - BBC

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"I think that is incredibly important."

He added: "Our pledge is to offer the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs."

As well as Norton, also staying on air will be Have I Got News For You and The Mash Report.

In a bid to keep EastEnders on screen for as long as possible, bosses have cut the episodes down to two per week, though it hasn't had a negative impact on ratings as Monday's episode (March 23) saw around three million more viewers than usual tune in.

The Graham Norton Show will return on Friday, April 10 at 10.35pm on BBC One.

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