Friday Night With Jonathan Ross
Award winning “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross” is now in its 13th series and airs on Friday nights on BBC1, on a weekly basis. It is a chat/comedy/music show and has a regular format of a song by the resident band, “Four Poofs and a Piano”, interviews with three sets of guests, closing music by a popular band, interspersed with Jonathan Ross’s weekly observations.
It is a format that works well, as Jonathan has a charm that makes him easy to talk with and puts guests at their ease. He is also able to get away with teasing and outrageous comments, as he flirts with all of his guests – male or female, regardless of their age. Jonathan’s interviews are usually littered with sexual innuendo as well as a genuine interest in his guests.
This week’s guests were Michelle Pfieffer, Chris Moyles and Charlie Boorman and Ewan McGregor and thankfully Jonathan has lost the “Three Musketeers” beard that he has been sporting over recent weeks.
Michelle Pfeiffer was asked about what she thought of her leading men, Jack Nicholson and George Clooney (who she had a bet with about being married before he turned 40 and lost). She spoke about her role in Grease 2 and about Star Dust (co-written by Ross’s wife Jane Goldman) and with an all-star cast including Ianj McKellan, Sienna Miller, Melanie Hill and Peter O’Toole. It was the first film that she was able to let her children see.
Ross’s own dog, Mr Pickle, was on the show modeling a nice line in dog balaclava, which Ross also wore whilst making fun of the view of the dog that he saw from the rear. This became a running joke with Chris Moyles commenting that Ross liked to look at people’s rears whilst they viewed the TV screen from the guest couch. This was also picked up by Charlie Boorman and Ewan McGregor as they caught footage of themselves on their motorcycle trip “Long Way Down” from John O’Groats to Cape Town.
The programme was closed by former Moloko lead singer, Rosin Murphy. Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is always worth watching, whether you like the guests or not and has a winning formula.