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Graham Norton's New Year's Eve Special Line-Up Has Been Announced

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Graham Norton's New Year's Eve Special Line-Up Has Been Announced

Every year, Graham Norton hosts his New Year's Eve special, welcoming a host of A-list celebrities onto his sofa.

And this is no different, with the comedian sitting down with Oscar-winner Tom Hanks to chat about his new movie A Beautiful Day in The Neighbourhood, as well as Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse.

The pair of them them will also be joined by UK film and TV legend Stephen Graham, who recently blew fans away as mobster Tony Provenzano in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.

Rounding off the show is former Spice Girl Mel C, who will perform her new single 'High Heels'.

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That's all we know so far, but we're promised more surprise guests, jokes and japes when the special airs on 31 December.

Tom Hanks will be ringing in the new year with Graham Norton and guests. Credit: PA
Tom Hanks will be ringing in the new year with Graham Norton and guests. Credit: PA

And if previous episodes are anything to go by, we can definitely count on some memorable moments.

Last month, Elizabeth Banks managed to shock her fellow guests when she made an unexpected joke about Prince Andrew, who is currently under fire for his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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As he often does, Norton whipped out a less-than-flattering photo of his guest from her youth.

Pointing at a mysterious hand in one of Banks, Norton asked: "I've only just noticed this hand - is it someone saying, 'You'll regret this photograph'?"

Banks instantly quipped back: "That's Prince Andrew's hand." Ouch.

The actor, director, writer and producer was, of course, referring to a photograph believed to be of Prince Andrew posing with his hand around 17-year-old Virginia Roberts-Giuffre's waist. It is believed that Epstein was the man behind the camera.

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The topical jibe seemed to leave Kylie Minoque speechless, while Ricky Gervais - who's known for his brash, controversial style of comedy - seemed pretty taken aback, saying: "Oh God, Jesus."

Norton then said: "Photoshop, it's just Photoshop!"

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Stephen Graham will also be joining Hanks on the sofa. Credit: PA
Stephen Graham will also be joining Hanks on the sofa. Credit: PA

But this is just one of many festive specials set to air later this month. Earlier today, BBC One released its schedule for Christmas and New Year, with a host of top draw shows and films planned.

So what do we have to look forward to? Well, on 31 December the Beeb will be airing Chicken Run, Shrek The Third and Celebrity Mastermind.

As midnight approaches, you will also be able to catch some of the usual suspects, including Graham Norton's New Year's Eve Show, New Year's Eve Fireworks and Craig David Rocks Big Ben Live.

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Then, once you've shaken off the night before, the first day of the new year will bring some soothing television to help you through the day, such as Shaun the Sheep Movie, Pete's Dragon, Best of Seven World's, One Planet and Doctor Who.

Graham Norton's New Year's Eve Show airs on BBC One at 10.20pm on 31 December.

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Topics: Christmas, TV and Film, Interesting, Graham Norton, UK Entertainment

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