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Who is on The Graham Norton Show tonight? Guests include Sir Patrick Stewart and Jamie Foxx

IT'S Friday and Graham Norton will once again be joined by our favourite stars on his hit chat show on BBC One.

The likes of Sir Patrick Stewart and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will be chatting about their new projects, but who else will be joining them on the red sofa?

Who is on The Graham Norton Show tonight?

The Graham Norton show hits our screens at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Funnyman Graham will be chatting to Jamie Foxx and Michael B Jordan about their moving real-life flick, Just Mercy.

While Sir Patrick Stewart opens up about playing Captain Picard in Star Trek's latest outing on Amazon Prime.

Jennifer Saunders is also on the sofa to talk about her new West End play, Blithe Spirit, while Michael Kiwauka performs his single Hero live in the studio.

Sir Patrick Stewart

The legendary actor admits he didn't initially want to return to the role of Captain Picard in Star Trek.

He explains: "It’s a big deal for me because I have so many times publicly said, 'I’m done. Star Trek was wonderful, and it changed my life and my career, but I have said it all and there is nothing more to say.'

"I didn’t just want to say, 'No. Pass,' so I went to the meeting to explain to them face-to-face why I couldn’t do it. And then they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! But there were conditions – no uniform and no Enterprise. They said they could live with that and they have made a huge commitment to the series. We hope it is amazing."

When asked if he ever actually watches Star Trek, he says: "I don’t look for it, but occasionally I’ll happen upon it. There was one night in a hotel when I was flicking through the channels and there was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I watched it for a few minutes, and I got hooked.

"Then the waiter came in with my room service order and he looked at me, then looked at the television and I thought, 'He is going to go away and tell the entire kitchen that it was the saddest thing he had ever seen – this guy upstairs alone, having room service and watching himself!'"

Star Trek: Picard is available to stream  on Amazon Prime from January 23, 2020.

Michael B Jordan

The American actor opens up about the real-life inspiration for his new film, Just Mercy.

He explains: "The story happened 35 years ago but it feels like it could be yesterday.

"I didn’t know who Bryan Stevenson was, I didn’t know he existed until I read his memoir and here I am reading about a real-life superhero getting people off death row who are wrongly convicted."

He continues: "He is not a household name and that is what made me run towards making the movie and try and get his story out to the masses."

Jamie Foxx

Michael's co-star Jamie comments: "I commend Michael for taking this movie.  If you look at what he did with Fruitvale Station and then Black Panther to bring the narrative out for black people, I think this film completes his artistic sentence.

"When people watch this film, they weep and cheer because it moves your soul."

Speaking about his own experience with the US legal system,  he adds: "When Michael called me, I was humbled and honoured to be part of the project, but it is personal because they put my father in jail for seven years for having $25 of illegal substances.

"He was an educator of kids in the inner city and he taught me everything I know. I couldn’t visit him in jail because I saw him as a king, but I wrote to him to say, 'Things have gotten good for me and when you get out I will save your life,' and he has been living with me for 20 years now."

He continued: "Here’s the good part – when he saw the movie, he said, 'You tell that Michael B Jordan to keep doing what he is doing because it is so important.'"

Just Mercy is out in UK cinemas from January  17, 2020.

Jennifer Saunders

Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer talks about playing Madame Arcati in her West End play, Blithe Spirit.

She explains: "It is huge fun. It is properly funny and properly dynamic and glorious. Great fun!"

As for her Netflix show, The Stranger, she was asked if it really is her first ever drama.

The star says, "I sort of think it is. I can’t of another one that isn’t full of laughs. It was quite hard and difficult, but it was exciting and lovely to do a bit of straight acting."

She continues: "I think it is all about expectation. On my first day and in my first scene I was so nervous I could barely breathe but then you sort of realise it is just filming and doing all the same sort of things as usual, but the expectation is not to have a laugh.

"They asked me to walk across a car park and I realised I didn’t know how to walk without doing something funny! It was so hard."

Blithe Spirit runs at Duke of York's Theatre from March 5, 2020 to April 11, 2020.

Michael Kiwanuka

British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka treats the audience to a performance of his single, Hero.

The track is from his new album, KIWANUKA.

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