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We're all sitting here, living our best lives, trying to speed up time so that Drag Race UK will FINALLY AIR on our screens sometime soon.

The creators of RuPaul's Drag Race, World of Wonder, confirmed the big news that a British version of the show was coming to BBC3 on Twitter months ago.

Mama Ru herself issued a statement, writing: “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens.

Before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a 'Royal-Mother-To-Be' runway challenge.”

With Alan Carr and Graham Norton already announced as celebrity judges for the show, it has just been confirmed that Ginger Spice Geri Horner and Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall will also join the panel.

Opening up about her appreciation for drag, Horner said;

“I just love how drag encourages people to be exactly who they are. This show has brought so much joy and pride to people all over the world, I can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing queens representing the UK in this first ever series."

Jade also gave a joyful statement as another official girlband princess,  saying:

“I love absolutely everything about drag. I love that it’s art. I love how fabulous it is, how fun it is, I love that you can transform your body into a fantastic beautiful woman… the whole thing! I just wish in my next life I can be a drag queen.”

Game of Thrones' most badass assassin, Maisie Williams, has also signed up to be a guest judge.

The show dooesn't have an air date or a trailer as of yet, but we'll be keeping a look out.

Controller of BBC Three, Damian Kavanagh, described the achievement of the BBC acquiring the show: “Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new UK version of Drag Race.

“It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels. With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”

The show is set to be filmed in London, and casting directors will be searching far and wide for the best drag artists in the UK and Ireland with massive budgets for costumes and production.

RuPaul has an extensive following over in this part of the world, so we'll see if the new queens will give the original USA stars a run for their money.

We can't wait to see what UK and Irish drag artists bring to the party, but with a judging panel as incredible as this, what's not to love?

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Friday has finally arrived after what felt like the longest week of our lives. We can now unwind and look forward to an extra day of peace and quiet now that the bank holiday weekend is here.

Many of us will be making the most of the freedom by heading out every day and others will be simply relaxing on the sofa until Tuesday morning.

We have no intention of moving once we arrive home this evening and luckily Graham Norton has another stellar group of celebrity guests joining him on the show tonight.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth will join the Corkman to chat about his new movie Men in Black: International as well as playing the iconic Thor in the Avengers movies.

The stars of Good Omens, Michael Sheen and David Tennant, will also be there to talk about the highly anticipated Amazon Prime series.

Singing legend Gloria Estefan will also join Graham to look back on her legendary career.

There will also be music from The Jonas Brothers.

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The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One at 10.35pm.

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The weekend is finally here and we honestly couldn’t be happier. We are so ready to relax and leave the stress of the past week behind us.

We have certainly got that Friday feeling but we honestly haven’t got the energy to do anything other than sprawl across the sofa for the foreseeable future.

We’ll be tuning into everyone’s favourite Corkman Graham Norton and as per usual, the presenter has got some pretty brilliant guests this week.

Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner will join Graham to talk about her role in Dark Phoenix. She will be joined by co-star James McAvoy, who plays Professor Charles Xavier in the X:Men series.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Actor Michael Fassbender joins his co-stars following a career break and will open up about his return to the movie world as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in Dark Phoenix.

Actress Jessica Chastain completes the line-up to discuss the blockbuster as well as her role in horror movie sequel It: Chapter Two, which also stars McAvoy.

Pop star Taylor Swift will perform her smash-hit Me!

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC1 on May 23 at 10: 35 pm.

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Watching The Graham Norton Show has become a staple part of our Friday night routine. We love tuning in to see what guests have joined the Corkman on the sofa, but this week Graham will be absent from the show.

The presenter is currently in Tel Aviv for the Eurovision. He has swapped his Friday night slot for his annual commentating gig at the singing-contest, but fear not, he has enlisted the help of funnyman Jack Whitehall.

The British comedian will take the reigns whilst Graham is away. The League of Their Own panellist is set to welcome a string of stars this week.

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Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie will join Jack to talk about being part of one of the biggest TV shows in history.

Beauty and the Beast star Luke Evans will also be there to chat about his upcoming projects.

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Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and footballer Peter Crouch complete the line-up.

There will also be music from Sam Fender.

The Graham Norton Show airs at 10.35pm on BBC One on Friday, May 17.

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The weekend is finally here and we honestly couldn’t be happier. We are so ready to relax and leave the stress of the past week behind us.

We have certainly got that Friday feeling but we honestly haven’t got the energy to do anything other than sprawl across the sofa for the foreseeable future.

We’ll be tuning into everyone’s favourite Corkman Graham Norton and as per usual, the presenter has got some pretty brilliant guests this week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Will Smith will join Graham to talk about playing the iconic genie in the live-action Aladdin. Naomi Scott, who stars as Princess Jasmine, will also join her co-star to chat about the pressure of playing such a famous Disney princess.

Comedian Kevin Hart will also be on the sofa to talk all about his upcoming projects, including The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer completes the line-up. The actress will discuss her successful career and iconic roles in Hidden Figures and The Help. She will also share details about her new movie The Witches too.

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Viewers can also look forward to music from Shakespears Sister.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC1 on May 10 at 10: 35 pm.

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Another long weekend has arrived and we honestly couldn’t be happier. We are so ready to unwind and leave the stress of the past week behind us.

We have certainly got that Friday feeling but we honestly haven’t got the energy to do anything other than sprawl across the sofa for the foreseeable future.

As per usual, we’ll be tuning into everyone’s favourite Corkman Graham Norton and the presenter has got some pretty brilliant guests this week.

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Star of Doctor Foster Suranne Jones joins the presenter to talk about her new BBC show Gentleman Jack.

Rocketman actors Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell will be there to chat about their roles in the upcoming Elton John biopic.

Keanu Reeves will also join Graham to discuss John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Pop star Kylie Minogue will also be there to chat to Graham.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There will be music from Eurovision hopeful Michael Rice.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC1 on May 3 at 10: 35 pm.

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Did anyone else feel like this week was never going to end? We have certainly got that Friday feeling but we honestly haven’t got the energy to do anything other than sprawl across the sofa for the foreseeable future.

We’ll be tuning into everyone’s favourite Corkman Graham Norton as a heap of Hollywood stars join him for a chat on his Friday night show.

As per usual, the presenter has mustered up quite the incredible lineup.

Actor Matthew Broderick joins Graham to discuss his new play The Starry Messenger as well as looking back on his career, including his iconic role as rebellious Ferris in John Hughes’s movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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Star of the Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Zac Efron joins Graham to open up about tackling one of his most difficult roles to date.

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron will also be there to discuss their new rom-com Long Shot.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There will also be music from The Specials.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC1 on April 26 at 10: 35 pm.

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The Easter weekend is just around the corner and we honestly can’t wait to curl up on the sofa with an Easter egg (or ten) and simply unwind.

We’ve got dozens of movies to watch on Netflix, drama series to binge-watch and of course, a stellar episode of The Graham Norton Show to tune into on Friday night.

As per usual, Corkman Graham has mustered up quite the incredible lineup.

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson and actress Anne Hathaway will join Graham to chat all about their new movie The Hustle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Star of Killing Eve Jodie Comer and Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe will also appear on the show.

There will be music from singer Mabel, who will perform her song Don’t Call Me Up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC1 on April 19 at 10: 30 pm.

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NOW TV has revealed the Irish public's faves for this Sunday's Academy Awards, and some of them just might surprise you.

While many are speculating that Green Book or Bohemian Rhapsody will take the gong, Ireland's top choice for the Best Picture Award is A Star Is Born, featuring Lady Gaga and directed by and starring Bradley Cooper.

Black Panther is also a dark horse in the category, being the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for the coveted prize.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In terms of Irish talent, 44 percent of the nation's participants believe that Saoirse Ronan was robbed of a Best Actress Oscar nod (which would be her FOURTH nomination) for Mary, Queen of Scots.

The starred in the film alongside Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth, and many believe her amazing performance deserved the nomination. Her previous category nods include roles in Brooklyn, Lady Bird and Atonement.

20 percent of survery participants said that they will be following the results and outcome on social media, and we suspect many of us will be gaggin' to see the gorgeous couture being donned.

Timothée Chalamet is another reason to watch…Just saying…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Unsurprisingly, Ireland's choice for Oscar host is the white wine-sipping legend that is Graham Norton. The acerbic wit would be pure gas at the Hollywood event, if his hilarious Eurovision content is anything to go by.

The public voted 64 percent in his favour as host. NOW TV also found that 47 percent of Irish people will be watching the 91st Academy Awards on social media, a highlights reel or the news. 

25 percent of Irish people will wait until the next morning to get the Oscars gossip, rather than the 20 percent who plan to keep updated as the ceremony happens.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For any Oscars enthusiasts, watching the Academy Awards is easier than ever. NOW TV also calculated Ireland's favourite or most memorable Oscar moments, and they're still scandalous as ever.

The La La Land Best Picture error in 2017 topped the poll as the most memorable Oscar moment, with more than one-third of respondents recalling the horrendous moment that the film was called out as Best Film by MISTAKE, stealing Moonlight's thunder.

Ellen DeGeneres' star-studded selfie was next in line, taking 22 percent of the Irish public's vote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In terms of red carpet fashion highlights, 26 percent of participants chose Cher's 1986 bare stomach look with a feathered headpiece as the biggest fashion fail. Bjork's 2001 swan dress with egg laying motion was also a high contender in the faux pas category.

Sacha Baron Cohen appearing as Admiral General Aladeen took 21 percent of the fashion fail vote, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s braless goth look from 2002 had 19 percent of the vote.

Kevin Hart stepped down as Academy Awards host in January after homophobic tweets were revealed and he failed to apologise this year for them, leaving the 2019 Oscars hostless. It's a shame Graham Norton wasn't asked…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ellen DeGeneres topped the polls as the most favourable Oscar's host, taking 29 percent of the participants' favourite vote, and Whoopi Goldberg came second with 20 percent. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin had 14 percent of the vote as a comedic duo.

31 percent of Irish people want A Star Is Born to sweep the ceremony, and hope for Gaga to win Best Actress (39 percent) and Bradley Cooper as Best Actor (32 percent). They do have outrageously great chemistry… and he should have gotten the Best Director nod too. I stand by that,

NOW TV have given us the goss, and you can watch the ceremony through their website here.

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Legendary talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr have signed on to be celebrity judges on RuPaul's Drag Race UK this year, and we're GAGGING with excitement.

The pair will appear as rotating resident judges every week, and will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and a celebrity guest judge.

Both iconic hosts are major fans of the iconic show, which has been a global worldwide hit since it first aired back in 2009.

Let's not forget that Norton actually appeared on the original version of All Stars season two back in 2016.

He said he has been a fan of the show forever; "Becoming part of the Drag Race family makes me ridiculously happy! I can't wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better werk!" 

In the video announcement on Twitter today, Graham joked "maybe this is what the UK's good at."

For the Drag Race UK grand finale, both Norton and Carr will appear on the judging panel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Alan Carr met Ru-Paul when he appeared on his chat show Alan Carr's Chatty Man but has been a fan for years of the pop culture phenomenon.

"Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true," he said.

"I can't wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store – it's going to be sickening! *does death drop*"

The Emmy award-winning show will be coming to BBC Three this year, it was announced in December.

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Arguably Ireland’s favourite West Cork native, Graham Norton has once again joined forces with SuperValu to launch his very own gin, Graham Norton’s Own Irish Gin, which is available exclusively in SuperValu stores nationwide.

Following on from the success of Graham’s award-winning GN Wine range which includes Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Rosé and Prosecco, the renowned TV presenter has launched his own Irish gin which celebrates the beauty and unique flavours of West Cork.

Partnering with an Irish distillery was very important to Graham and an extensive search led to a distillery near Graham’s West Cork home.

West Cork Distillers have worked with Graham and the team to create the great tasting gin.  Distilled and produced using 100 percent Irish grain Graham Norton’s Own Irish Gin draws its flavour from a combination of 12 botanicals including angelica, fuchsia flowers, orris roots, rose hip, basil and liquorice root – all of which contribute to a Gin which is as unique as the man himself.

John Cooney, Off-Licence Trading Manager for SuperValu said: “We’re still seeing a huge demand for gins and gin sales are constantly on the rise so to have one on our shelves, produced by Graham Norton himself is something we’re incredibly excited about.  The Gin market is experiencing strong growth in the take home gin category with a 44.5% increase in sales over the last year and we believe that Graham Norton’s new gin will certainly add to those figures.”

He added: “The gin itself is best served simply with Indian Tonic Water, ice and fresh lime to garnish. This ensures the consumer tastes the real essence of this very fine blend. The bottle shape and design really stand out from other gins and I’m confident that consumers will give it a big – Sláinte!”

Graham Norton’s Own Gin (RRP €39) is available exclusively from SuperValu stores now. See www.supervalu.ie for more information.

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Last night marked the annual Irish Book Awards. Talented authors suited up and put on their best dress to anxiously await the final results.

Some of those included in the nominations were Emilie Pine, Graham Norton, Sally Rooney, James Kavanagh, and the Aisling girls Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

The Late Late Show’s Ryan Tubridy was also in attendance to support the winner of RTE Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent.

Nugent’s compelling thriller also took home the trophy for the Irish Independent’s Crime Fiction Book of the Year.

The rest of the 2018 results were as follows:

Eurospar Cookbook of the Year – Currabinny Cookbook by James Kavanagh and William Murphy

Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year – The Cow Book by John Connell

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year – The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year – Game Changer by Cora Staunton

Love Leabhar Gaelige Irish Language Book of the Year – Tuatha De Danann by Diarmuid Johnson

Eason Book Club Novel of the Year – Normal People by Sally Rooney

Dept 51 Eason Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year – The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year – Blazing a Trail by Sarah Webb (Senior) and The President’s Cat by Peter Donnelly (Junior).

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year – Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year – Birthday by Brian Kirk

Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award – How to Build a Space Rocket by Roisin O’Donnell

The Journal.ie Best Irish-Published Book of the Year – Lighthouses of Ireland by Roger O’Reilly

Onside Non-Fiction Book of the Year – People Like Me by Lynn Ruane

The fantastic poet Thomas Kinsella also received The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations to all the winners! 

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