Graham Norton during the filming for The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show is back! (Picture: PA)

The Graham Norton show is returning back to the screens along with a star-studded line-up.

After a well deserved break, the Irish comedian, 60, will be back fronting his titular show – which airs on Friday September 29 – and he won’t be alone.

Megastar Kylie Minogue will be promoting her upcoming album Tension alongside Peaky Blinders actor Stephen Graham who’ll be discussing about the TV spin-off of his 2021 movie Boiling Point.

Peep Show show star David Mitchell Taskmaster regular Mawaan Rizwan will also be making an appearance with Eurovision singer Mae Muller.

Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lawrence, Will Smith, Meryl Streep, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Paul McCartney are just some of mega stars who’ve made an appearance on the hit BBC programme

However, it was recently reported that due to the current Sag-Aftra strikes bosses were struggling to get the big stars.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Helen Mirren, Pedro Pascal, Graham Norton, Ariana DeBose and Freya Ridings during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening.
The show will be back at the end of the month (Picture: PA)
 Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue is among the celebs appearing on the show(Picture: REX)

In early July Hollywood officially went on strike after US union the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists voted unanimously to walk out, following weeks of unsuccessful negotiations.

The decision came after negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) – who represent studios including Disney, Warner Brothers and Netflix – failed to produce new contracts.

Members have been seeking better pay and increased safeguarding around AI rights among their demands.

A source told The Mirror: ‘The BBC is in crisis as the Hollywood strikes are causing its flagship chat show an absolute headache for its next run later this year.’

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Celebrities have been supporting the writer’s strike (Picture: Getty)

The insider added that even British stars have refused publicity and promotion ‘out of solidarity.’

The WGA has also raised issues with the rise of streaming and Artificial Intelligence (AI) threatening the jobs of writers.

The last time there was a writer’s strike was in 2007 when work stopped for 100 days and had massive effects on the economy, costing California alone $2.1 billion (£1.6 billion).

Many famous faces have thrown their support behind the strikes, including Tom Hanks, Pete DavidsonDrew Barrymore, and US President Joe Biden.

The Graham Norton Show returns Friday September 29 at 10.40pm on BBC One.

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