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    9 of 10

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    Sat 27 Apr 2019
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    9.15pm - 10.15pm
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    Week 18 2019 : Sat 27 Apr - Fri 03 May
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    Fri 26 Apr 2019
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The Jonathan Ross Show
Series overview
The Jonathan Ross Show continues this Saturday on ITV.
The last series uncovered a host of exclusives from the world of showbiz and sport.
Previous series have also seen rare and exclusive interviews with the likes of pop icon, Britney Spears. Plus Hollywood stars such as Michael Douglas, Amy Schumer, Renee Zellweger, and John Malkovich who all appeared on the show and were joined by some of the greatest music stars around; Little Mix and Robbie Williams to name a few.
Jonathan will present the new series which will feature even more entertaining, open and exclusive interviews with stars from stage, screen, comedy and sport. There will also be performances from popular, current talent from the UK and across the pond.
Episode 9
ASHLEY BANJO & ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG tell all about The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins and Alexander reveals he played Pointless with the Queen - plus they choreograph and perform a special routine inspired by The All New Monty! [Pics available]
KATHERINE RYAN on rekindling romance with her first love after 20 years
MICHAEL PALIN on meeting his wife, becoming a Sir and why comedy is so important 
MICHAEL SHEEN on the life changing organisation he is involved in as he supports The Homeless World Cup
MARK RONSON on his first heartbreak album, DJing for Tom Cruise and his famous collaborations
On this week’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined by the stars of ITV’s The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins, Ashley Banjo and Alexander Armstrong; comedian and presenter, Katherine Ryan; Monty Python star, Michael Palin and actor, Michael Sheen. Plus Mark Ronson and Lykke Li chat and perform.
Ashley Banjo and Alexander Armstrong - who star in ITV’s upcoming show, The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins - joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about joining forces to persuade and prepare a line up of famous men to bare all in order to raise awareness of male cancers.
On the show, Ashley said: “It is all about raising awareness for cancers in men. We all know that men don’t talk about these issues enough, they are embarrassed, they are being ‘blokey’ about it, [they say] ‘We’ll be alright, we’re not going to go to the doctors’ and unfortunately too many men die. So we started this show that basically gets together a group of well known guys and we go on a journey that gets everybody ready to get naked in front of thousands of people to raise awareness.”
On baring all performing a strip routine in front of an audience of thousands at the theatre, Ashley said: “It is horrifying. Honestly, nothing prepares you for the moment, I don’t think.”
Alexander said: “Actually you prepared us for the moment, we were taught. Everything we do, you’re busy counting all the time, all the moves, so you kind of just get through it and then you think, ‘Oh well, here we go.’”
Ashley said: “That gives me a place to hide though, so I walk forward and I’m too busy going ‘Right guys, 5, 6, 7, 8, get your positions right,’ and it’s only until I walk forward with the hat [covering my privates] that I go, ‘Hmm, I’ve got to throw this away right now.’ And then I throw it and it is the most exhilarating feeling.”
They also spoke about Willie Thorne who appears as one of the celebrities in the show. Ashley said: “I nearly killed him at one point. I took everybody [to the gym] to prepare and I wanted to make this routine bigger and better and more physical and I said to the boys ‘Forward roll, go, go, go!’ army style. I said to Willie, ‘Go Willie!’ and he was so up for it and he threw himself forward directly on to his forehead.” 
To allay any fears for Willie’s wellbeing, Ashley cleared up: “He was fine. Can I just say though, he embodies the energy of the show though, he has gone through cancer, he is in remission now and he is so much older than the rest of the group but never once did he back out, try not to do anything, make excuses, he was right there with everybody. He really for me embodies what we were doing and why we were doing it. It is a load of fun and we do get naked but at the end of the day, it is for a great cause.”
Ashley spoke about also being involved in the female version of the show, which sees Victoria Derbyshire and Coleen Nolan working with a host of female stars to get them ready to perform a routine in a daring extravaganza, again to raise awareness this time of female cancers.
On choreographing the routines for the female version of the show - The All New Monty: Ladies’ Night - Ashley said: “I’ve done it again this year with another incredible group of women and you do have to ask more questions, the way they undress, what we do, where we go with it… I have to approach it really sensitively. We got it right last time and this time was no different. It was just a really special journey.”
On working on both the male and female shows, Ashley said: “It’s a life changing experience, nothing compares to it, it stands alone.”
On doing the show for the third year, Alexander said: “Of course it’s completely new people, same journey-ish but actually a completely different story and everybody bring their own thing.”
Later in the show, Ashley choreographed a light hearted routine inspired by The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins for the fellow guests to get involved in and have a go! [Pictures available from Rex]
Ashley also spoke about recently becoming a dad for the first time. He told Jonathan: “She is two months old. I am in love, honestly, it’s the most amazing thing ever.”
Ashley - who called his daughter Rose - said his surname limited some name choices. He joked: “Definitely no Bobby’s. Bobby Banjo? No, I’m not sure.”
Alexander said of his four children: “The four year old thinks everybody’s dad voices over cartoons. ‘What character is your dad?’ is his attitude. They don’t really watch anything I do, they don’t watch Pointless.”
Speaking of Pointless, Alexander also spoke about playing with the Queen. On hosting a special version of the show for the Sandringham branch of the Women’s Institute of which her majesty is the president, Alexander said: “It was a very weird day, I went up to a village hall right in the middle of nowhere, in the Norfolk countryside. There were 34 women in this church hall and me and one of them is the Queen… We chatted a bit. She is lovely the Queen. I’ve got my trophy from the thousandth show we did and it just sits there gathering dust so I gave that as the prize. We played a little version of Pointless where we do a higher or a lower and I’d give a score out… Anyway we did a best of five and she stormed it. [She won] hands down. I didn’t [let her win] she was good.”
Jonathan asked: “Have you been given an OBE, CBE, MBE…?”
Alexander joked: “Pending.”
Ashley also spoke about performing on a tour celebrating 10 years of dance troupe, Diversity. On things going wrong, he said: “First night, I was nervous, I was scared, adrenalin was going. I got stuck. I have to escape from a cube of water the size of my body and the boys had to come and get me out, I had to me get out and carry on and join in the dance. I got stuck and couldn’t breathe in this cube of water. I hate the fact that it didn’t go right so on the ten year anniversary tour, I’m bringing it back and making it harder.”
Comedian, Katherine Ryan, joined the sofa and spoke about rekindling a romance with her first love after often speaking publicly about her single status.
On being in a relationship now, Katherine joked: “Oh Jonathan, what a disaster. Okay so it’s not my fault that I’m dead sexy is it? I flew home to Canada to film a documentary and my little sister, she wanted me to go out drinking with her, so I had just landed, I went to the pub with her and into this pub walks my first love from when I was 15 years old. I haven’t seen him in 20 years. I’m in an old jumper, he looked like a full blood Hemsworth brother, just hot… I hadn’t seen him in 20 years. Of course [I recognised him] I’m the one with the whole new face, Jonathan! I really did like him at the time. When we were young, I was deeply in love with him. We were Prom King and Queen.”
On rekindling the romance and getting back together, Katherine said: “He came to London, a real romantic gesture... I had really designed my life, my daughter and I have a shape of a family that’s controversial and I don’t want to abandon those women, I really do think I like being by myself… I like him but now we need to worry about hiding from my daughter… She didn’t want us dating so we’ll see, he’s under review,” she joked.
Katherine later spoke about how she deals with online social media trolls and comments: “I ignore a lot of violent or too sexually aggressive DMs but sometimes if they can be used and put out to teach a lesson then I will regram them or put them on Twitter now and then, when I feel like it.”
Actor, writer and presenter, Michael Palin, joined the sofa.
Speaking to Jonathan about how he met his wife, Michael said: “I met this girl on holiday when I was 15 years old, she was 16. We had a holiday romance. A year later, she was back in the same little Suffolk town and the romance got a bit more intense, we held hands. And then the third year she wasn’t there, we didn’t see each other during the year because we lived in separate parts of the country. We did write each other lots of letters and I was very much in love with her. Then that all ended and about four years later I got into Oxford University and the first man I met there had a girlfriend who worked at a Teacher’s Training College in London and he said, ‘Come up to Oxford’ and she said, ‘Can I bring my friend, she’s called Helen and I think she says she knows Michael from way back.’ So she came back and the whole relationship started again and we’ve been married 53 years.”
Michael spoke about his travelogues which recently included one of him travelling into North Korea. He said: “It was very scary. It’s actually the only time that my wife wasn’t keen for me to do a travel series. And normally, she is very keen! I think she was nervous, as I was because that part of the world changes so fast… You knew that if you were there and something went wrong and a missile went off, you probably wouldn’t get out so I was nervous until I got there.”
On whether anyone he met there was aware of his work, in particular him being on the iconic Monty Python, he said: “They didn’t know who I was or what I did. We did at one point, the director had brought a little Python clip with him to show my lovely guide what I did in real life and they’d chosen the fish slapping dance… She was really mystified at first. The great thing was she really laughed and she fell about laughing.”
Michael also spoke about his new documentary film which is about HandMade films, the British movie production company which was started by George Harrison in 1978 to rescue Monty Python’s Life of Bryan.
On George Harrison - of The Beatles - financing Monty Python’s Life of Bryan, Michael explained: “George turned out to be a massive Python fan and said he would find enough money to finance the film. He and his financial adviser found five million dollars to actually get the film going… He had to mortgage his house.”
Michael also spoke about his knighthood and soon becoming a Sir. He joked: “I just got the right ticket in the raffle!”
And on being named the “greatest ever Yorkshireman,” Michael joked: “I can’t go back to Yorkshire now, I’d get beaten up as soon as I cross the border by Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Parkinson.”
And on continuing with comedy at this point in his life, he said: “I think a lot of comedy, there are lots of things going through my mind and I wish nowadays somehow we were doing Python again but we didn’t and that’s in the past. I have a comic outlook on life which I think is actually what keeps me going in these rather dark and grim, miserable, confused, messy times is a sense of humour. It’s terribly important to remember we are all ridiculous.”
Jonathan said to the audience: “Wouldn’t you immediately sign up if Michael Palin would take control of the Government for whatever party, just for four years, please just do it? Have you ever considered that kind of a life?”
Michael said: “This is how political parties start isn’t it? Here I am!”
Actor, Michael Sheen, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about being involved with the organisation Street Football Wales which puts together teams of people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion as a means of bringing them together to try to turn their lives around.
He also spoke about The Homeless World Cup which takes place in Cardiff this summer, and also recounted a story of watching the last Homeless World Cup in Oslo a few years ago: “There was one woman who I’ll never forget… To see her who had been struggling with a lot of different issues, she hadn’t been able to see her children for a long time but being part of this team, the Women’s Welsh team, and getting to go and represent her country in Oslo at the World Cup, to put that Welsh jersey on. God bless her she wasn’t the best footballer but she was giving it everything. I saw her score a goal. I will never forget that moment, you saw on her face her life changing in that moment. I’ve seen the power, football becomes a universal language.”
Musician, DJ and song producer, Mark Ronson - who also wrote the theme music for The Jonathan Ross Show - joined the sofa.
On whether his huge hits that are played all the time get annoying, he joked: “It’s very annoying, ‘Uptown Funk.’ You work so hard when you’re working on a song, that song took us seven months to make and then by the time before it even comes out you’re pretty sick of it. But with a song like Uptown Funk it has brought so much joy. That’s what is fun, seeing other people get into the music.”
On whether he would ever listen to his music when making love, like Barry White famously said he did, Mark said: “I’m not trying to be funny, I can’t listen to music during sex because my mind starts to wander and I’m like, ‘I wonder how they got that snare sound?’ I’m not in the room so I find with music, even if I’m in a restaurant, my mind starts to wander.”
On his famous collaborations, Mark said: “Miley Cyrus, who was on the first single ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ I basically saw her on the TV singing and I stalked her for four years and we finally got together.” 
On being turned down by people he may have reached out to work with, Mark said: “A lot of people. But I never really take it personally because I know how bad I am at texting people back… I don’t really want to call anybody out… Kendrick Lamar… [laughs] they are just people I am such a fan of. I love finding the next new people as well.”
On reaching out to Drake, Mark said: “He seemed like he’d be the kind of person into a handwritten letter, he might appreciate the thought. So I did I found this black nice paper and wrote in this gold pen, he probably thought I was going to ask him out, I just wanted him on a track.”
On DJing at Tom Cruise’s wedding, Mark said: “It is a little scary because you’re in this tiny room, it was in this Italian castle in Rome and I was like ‘I’ll rehearse a couple of cool mixes that Tom will dig and appreciate the thought’ because I know he likes hip hop. So I played the Top Gun theme over the drums from a hip hop record. Then I played ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’ which I thought would be cute and then I thought, that’s completely the wrong song to be playing at a wedding.”
On the new album being based on recent events in his own life including his divorce, Mark said: “It’s like a DJ break up album. And I guess most of my other records come from, they’re really fun and that’s what I’m always thinking of and this was the first record that came from an emotional place and I think that’s why I like it the most.”