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  • Episode: 

    8 of 10

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sat 06 Dec 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

    No
  • Time: 

    10.35pm - 11.40pm
  • Week: 

    Week 50 2014 : Sat 06 Dec - Fri 12 Dec
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Amended: 

    Sat 06 Dec 2014
SIR PAUL McCARTNEY opens up about learning of John Lennon’s murder and why he’s glad they made friends before his untimely death. He also talks about recreating the iconic Abbey Road image and his wife, Nancy
 
JEREMY CLARKSON reflects on the controversial moments of his year and says he won’t be voting - or running as an MP - for UKIP
 
MIRANDA HART reveals she is sad that her sitcom has come to an end. She also challenges Jeremy Clarkson to a fruit throwing contest before ‘taking him down’ as part of a film scene recreation moment!
 
MARTIN FREEMAN reveals he prefers to bare all in nude scenes and jokes about his famous Bilbo Baggins feet
 
Plus a music performance by Ella Henderson
 
On The Jonathan Ross Show this week, Jonathan was joined by music legend, Sir Paul McCartney, broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson, comedian and actress Miranda Hart and star of stage and screen, Martin Freeman for the show which will air tonight at 10.35pm on ITV.
 
Iconic Beatles star, Sir Paul McCartney, joined Jonathan to talk openly about his relationship with fellow bandmate, John Lennon, as well as his family and wife, Nancy.
 
In a touching interview, Sir Paul spoke fondly of his memories of being in The Beatles, revealing the reason they started writing songs in the first place: “We used to do covers all the time as you say and most of our act was covers… We had to come up with a trick as to defeat [other bands playing the same covers on the same bill as us] so John [Lennon] and I started writing and that’s how we started writing. There was no great muse, it was just to beat these people who knew our act.”
 
Remembering his time “pre Beatle,” Paul spoke about the calm before their storm of success: “They are fond memories because then The Beatles happened and it all got to be a phenomenon and everything but [before that] it wasn't, it was just two guys wandering along trying to work it out,” he said of himself and John Lennon.
 
Speaking about rifts in the band, Paul said it was all down to “business”: “We got to a point where we got really crappy over business,” he explained. “To me that rubbed off on me and for years I thought ‘oh me and John, bitter rivals’ and all this stuff. I was very lucky before he got killed [that] we were mates and we were ringing each other and we were talking… He used to make bread and we’d talk about ‘what’s your recipe man?’ so it got very normal again but it was important for me - it still is - to see photographs of us writing lyrics and things and smiling at eachother… That’s what it really was. The story about the break up, it’s true but it’s not the main bit, the main bit was the affection.”
 
Paul spoke openly about the significance of rekindling his friendship with Lennon: “There was a big business thing and everything got very sour and then that kind of just got boring and I would just ring John and eventually it just got friendly again… So now he had a baby and I was bringing up babies so we could talk about that. You could talk about normal stuff so it got very nice and I said, to this day, I’m so glad because it would have been the worst thing in the world to have this great relationship that then soured and he gets killed, so there was some solace in the fact that we got back together. We were good friends.”
 
In a poignant part of the interview, Paul reflected on the moment when he learnt his friend and bandmate had been murdered: “I was at home and I got a phonecall. It was early in the morning, I was in the country and I just got a phonecall and it was like - [moves his body back in shock] - I think it was like that for everyone. It was just so horrific, you couldn’t take it in and I couldn't take it in and I just for days couldn’t think that he was gone… It was just a huge shock, then I had to tell Linda [his late wife] and the kids and it was very difficult… It was very difficult for everyone, that was like a really big shock I think in most peoples lives. A bit like Kennedy [John F Kennedy’s assassination] there were certain moments like that.”
 
Visibly moved, Paul continued: “For me it was just so sad that I wasn’t going to see him again and we weren’t going to hang out and for me the biggest thing was that the guy who has took his life... The phrase kept coming in my head ‘The jerk of all jerks’. It was just like ‘this is just a jerk, this is not even a guy politically motivated, it’s just some total random thing.’”
 
Reflecting on his time performing in the famous Abbey Road studios, Paul said it brings back memories every time he visits: “For me it is a nostalgia trip… I remember the very first day we walked in as four twenty-something boys… Whenever I go back in there, all these memories come flooding back, just all these memories [from] every little corner.”
 
Of the well known Abbey Road crossing, where the band famously posed for a photograph, Paul joked about feeling embarrassed when he gets caught in traffic there because fans are stopping to take their picture: “What do you think I feel like when I’m stopped there?” he laughed, “I pull the visor down [to cover my face]… I’ve always wanted to recreate [that picture]… This Halloween we’d been to a Halloween party… and I had this amazing werewolf mask… I’m going home and I’ve still got this big mask on and we go to the crossing and I’m like ‘we’ve got to do it’ and it was 11 [o’clock] at night so I stop and Nancy my wife gets her phone and we’re holding up the traffic but I’m there…” he pretends to pose like he did in that memorable photo.
 
Speaking about whether there was ever talk of The Beatles reuniting, Paul said: “We kinda knew we’d come full circle and we thought ‘it’s going to spoil it.’” “So that was never on the cards then?”
Jonathan asked to which Paul replied, “not really, no.”
 
On The Beatles edition of a rock band video game where players play plastic instruments along with the console, Paul admitted he had played and even got beaten: “I did and got mashed… I was with one of my grandkids who was doing great… And I said ‘yeah but I played a real bass and I wrote it!’”
 
Paul also commented on U2 who gave their album away for free earlier this year: “I think it’s a heroic idea but I think the fact that people wanted to delete it was not too clever,” “So it backfired?” Jonathan asked,  “I think so yeah… I prefer to just release in the old fashioned way.”
 
Paul opened up about his wife Nancy and recounted the story of how the couple met: “I met her in America in Long Island at what was then a surf shop. It was a very hot day and I thought ‘I’ve got to go and get some suncream’ so I went in and got some suncream and just put it all on [my face] and it wasn’t rubbed in or anything because I didn’t think I was going to be meeting my future bride… We got talking and Nancy happened to say to me ‘I knew your late wife, I knew Linda.’ So we’re talking and it turns out, Nancy had cancer and did treatment at the same time Linda did so they both met in the radiography room and got on very well. So she’s telling me about Linda and she’s welling up, I’m welling up and so suddenly we had this sort of thing and that’s where we met and she turned around later and she said ‘I liked you because you didn't rub your suncream in,’” he smiled.
 
Speaking about her encouraging his music, Paul joked that she liked him touring so he was out of the house: “She likes me out of the house, she likes her music, she likes that so she likes me keeping busy and playing music and stuff she comes along to a lot of the shows.”
 
Fellow guest, Jeremy Clarkson, joined Jonathan on the sofa to talk about his controversial year, admitting, “It has been a difficult year, you’ve been there, I know I’ve been there and it’s not nice but you know, here we are, we made it through, nobody died and so let’s carry on.”
 
Jeremy explained the events which saw him and his crew land in trouble when some Argentinians suggested his car number plate - siting H982 FKL - was bad taste and referred to the Falklands War when filming in Argentina and Chile: “This was deemed by some people in Argentina to be offensive… We don’t check registration numbers before setting off. How do I know I haven’t driven through Scotland with H746 CDN referring to Culloden or France referring to Agincourt? I may well have done that in the past…”
 
Jonathan said, “ I’ll be honest with you Jeremy, I saw that and I thought, ‘what’s wrong with him?’ I could not believe that you didn’t do it on purpose.” To which Jeremy responded: “Even if we had done it on purpose - and we didn’t - but even if we had, it didn’t warrant the reaction that we got because it was barbaric… There is no way I could have looked at the number plate but I’ve given up trying to say to people [that] it was a coincidence because nobody believes us. The way I look at it is, let’s just say we did do it on purpose, let’s just say we did, the reaction was horrible.”
 
He continued: “Now the thing is, the Argentinians when they came over for London 2012, they snuck some athletes onto the Falkland Islands and filmed them training by red phone boxes and things and they said ‘to win on British soil, [Argentine] athletes train on [Argentine] soil’, we didn’t throw stones at them… And yet some of our guys were injured, every single car had rocks thrown at it… thousands of people turned up on the streets with bricks, paving stones, pick axe handles, the whole nine yards and were intent on doing some serious damage to our crew… I wish I could make fun of that but it just wasn’t funny. We hadn’t gone down there to spark fury, we hadn’t gone down there to upset anyone.”
 
Jeremy admitted that he was very scared at the events and said obliviously, “We didn’t know at that time that they do throw like girls”. Jonathan corrected him saying he shouldn’t use that term so Jeremy corrected himself, “They throw like children? They throw like small babies? They throw like puppies? It was a genuinely scary thing and particularly when it transpired just how much trouble the crew were in because they got stuck between two towns and they were being herded from one toward the other where the police were saying there were 3000 people waiting for them… Our security people were saying - and these are guys who worked in Iraq and Afghanistan - that this was the most dangerous thing they had ever seen and somebody could have been killed and it just isn’t a subject that I find particularly funny… Sometimes we are asking for it on Top Gear… and sometimes we’re not… It all went hideously wrong but you do get quite a good ending to our Christmas Special so there is a silver lining and nobody was killed.”
 
“In  TV making, I can’t imagine any TV shows being through anything worse than that,” he said before promising, “I am going back to Chile - I’d like to say here and now a big, big thank you to the Chilean Governor who saved us… So thank you Mr Chilean Governor, we are your friends forever.” 
 
Speaking about another negative to his year, the motorhead shared a story about receiving a speeding ticket: “That was awful, I got one 30 years ago in 1984 and then again this year.”
 
Jeremy refuted Jonathan’s question that he might be standing as an MP: “That’s Google shunting Jonathan,” he laughed, “It means that when somebody writes a story in a newspaper that you don’t much care for, you just think ‘I’d rather that wasn’t sitting at the top of Google’… You need to come up with something more modern, something more fresh and so I will then go on Twitter and say ‘I’m thinking of standing as an MP against Ed Miliband.’ All the newspapers run around, print stories and then suddenly the story you don’t want sitting there is shunted way down to page 43 and then your story that you don’t mind having there [is]. That is absolute rubbish, of course I’m not going to stand [as an MP].” 
 
Later in the show, Jeremy said: “We all have to go through [bad press] but the newspapers, they are in the entertainment business… and they want to entertain people… I mean Russell Brand is copping for it this week… I cop for it sometimes and you just go ‘it’s not the end of the world.’”
 
Sharing his thoughts on UKIP, Jeremy said: “I’m massively pro-European so it becomes rather difficult to support a party that wants primarily to get you out of Europe when all I want to do is stay in Europe… I just like being a part of the EU so why would you join UKIP? And anyway there doesn’t seem to be a party for UKIP there’s just one man in a barber with a pint and a fag… People want to vote for them [so] they can vote for them, I wouldn’t but…”
 
Jeremy opened up about his mother, who created the famous Paddington Bear dolls: “My mum designed the toy… she made one each for my sister and I… it’s really sad because the film is out now but my mum died six months ago so she missed it… I was very proud of my mum because I thought it was a really sweet toy actually,” he said.
 
Jonathan joked that Jeremy was “a bit of a sex symbol”: “I think women respond well to you, I don’t for the life of me know why…” he teased.
 
As Miranda Hart joined Jonathan and Jeremy on the sofa, she joked “It’s the sex symbol, Jeremy Clarkson… He is tall isn’t he!”
 
Miranda spoke about her feelings that the sitcom, Miranda, was coming to an end: “I’m still feeling a bit emotional actually, there wasn’t a dry eye during our final scene I have to say.” And on her decisions for ending it, she blamed it on “the fear of not ending on a high.” “I’ve written a big finale moment… they don’t all die… I’ve cried every time I’ve seen it, it’s pathetic but it’s because I realise I’ve written the end of it so it is sad but who knows, there might be another genre for it in a few years time… who knows, we could all regroup.”
 
Miranda - who said she was into sports and athletics at school - joked about Jeremy’s earlier comment about “throwing like a girl”: “I can throw” she said, “I nearly brought an orange on [with me to prove it], there’s an orange in the green room.”
 
Jeremy and Miranda are soon in a throwing contest with oranges and each take it in turns to throw an orange to Jonathan who leaves his desk to run to the top of the audience to catch the fruit. [Pictures available from Rex]
 
Miranda talks about working with US rapper, 50 Cent and explains that in her first scene in the film, she has to distract the singer so unexpectedly tackles him to the floor: “I call him Curtis now he’s a close personal friend,” she begins, “It was really surreal meeting him in the makeup trailer saying ‘hi nice to meet you’ and not knowing what to call him… He’s very tactile he came up and gave me a little shoulder massage and you think it’s just you and then you realise he does it with everyone but still… he was a really nice, normal, down to earth guy.” 
 
Jonathan suggests that his guests recreate this scene with Jeremy dressing up as a rapper and Miranda taking him down [onto the comfort of a safety mat in the studio]. Jeremy sports a cap and asks the audience for advice on how to “rap” before Miranda dances with Jonathan before leaping at Clarkson from across the studio [Pictures available from Rex]
 
Brit actor, Martin Freeman, joined Jonathan to talk about his roles in The Hobbit, Sherlock and Love Actually. 
 
Speaking about the Brit rom-com, Martin revealed that he preferred to bare all in any nude scenes: “It’s not an easy thing to get naked infront of 80 people eating bagels or whatever… I’ve done a few naked things in my time and after a while… I stopped using what they give you. They give you a discrete pouch, a sock sort of thing… It’s like a medieval purse… And you put it around what you have and you tie it together but over the course of shooting, it starts to fall off so after a few jobs… I said to the woman in question ‘would you mind, if it doesn’t offend you, I’m just going to go with what God gave me’. Because it’s so humiliating. I think if the woman is not offended, I would rather just be naked.”
 
Speaking about his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit series, Martin shared a story about his character’s famous furry feet: “That’s a two person job, there were two lovely women that would put that pair of feet on me… It takes about eight minutes to put them on, it’s quite an involved process… You have to shave your legs… which is not a great look for me, not a great look for a man.”
 
On another of his successful projects, Martin spoke about Sherlock fan fiction which sometimes brings his character, Watson together with Sherlock in homoerotic manner: “The creators of the show are aware of that and I think they play with it to a certain extent. I am slightly reticent to keep that going too much just because when it first started, I thought it was quite witty and quite funny that people were running with that ball and it’s fine but there are people that just will not have it. Not only are John and Sherlock not a couple but that me and Ben are not a couple. So there are people that are actually absolutely determined that [my wife] Amanda is my beard… Me and [Benedict Cumberbatch] are friendly but we’re not married!” he laughed.