Richard and Toby with Graham

Richard Armitage and Toby Jones were interviewed by Graham Norton on BBC radio 2 about Uncle Vanya yesterday. The show is up on the BBC website, Richard and Toby come in at 1 hour and 34 minutes:

2020-0215 Richard Armitage Graham Norton Toby Jones

The interview will only be available for 29 more days on the BBC website, so be sure to listen to it before then. I enjoyed it, even if Graham tends to ridicule a bit too much and finds himself a little too funny, but then, that’s Graham. I faithfully watch his TV show as well, which I do always enjoy. Anyway, in this interview Graham did with Richard and Toby they talk about Uncle Vanya and this new staging of it. There are some nice insights on making things interesting on a long run, they also talk about other projects both actors do and what theatre work they still want to do (yep, Richard still wants some Richard III stuff). There were also little bits that made me chuckle, like these snippets I wrote out below:

Graham: How do you pitch the show to people who’ve never seen it?
Richard (laughing): We’ve agreed that Toby’s going to answer this question.
Toby: Yes, you did agree that.

After some serious talk about the play and a little music break the audience questions come. There’s a question on trees. Yeah, Graham tends to ridicule some fan questions but still this made grin.

Graham: This is a real question that came in. Richard, your character Astrov loves planting trees. What’s your favourite type of tree?
Giggles all round
Richard: Can I say Rowntree? Smarties!
Laughter settles.
Richard: I don’t know. Maybe a Yew tree because they live thousands of years.
Graham: Well done for thinking of an answer!

Audience questions after more women say they’re coming to see the play:

Toby: It’s women only, this show
Graham: Apparently! Hearthrobs I tell ya! Magic Mike and Uncle Vanya they’re really the only shows on right now!

Question on Castlevania for Richard. Graham sounds surprised when he hears about it and genuinely interested:

Richard: I play a really cool character. He’s a complete drunk with a whip.
Graham: Castlevania? And it’s on Netflix?
Richard: Yeah. It’s like an adult kind of vampire fantasy
Toby: Sounds like prep for Dr Astrov!
Richard: It looked quite similar, actually, yeah.

Graham has apparently seen The Stranger as well, says he loves it. Question on seeing it all in one go:

Graham: Aren’t we missing something by not having to wait like we used to?
Richard: I would’ve said yes because I’m somebody that would’ve liked to be teased with stuff like that.
Toby (in the background): Oh no, you’re not…
All giggle

Yeah, I liked listening to this and Graham sounded like he enjoyed his guests. So does that open a door to the next step, a spot for Richard on the  Graham Norton TV show? Toby Jones has been on it before, I think it’s high time Richard also takes place on that red sofa. So, powers that be: have Richard Armitage come on Graham Norton’s TV show, pretty please!

Edit: The wonderful people on Richard Armitage Central have put the interview up on their website as well, for posterity, HERE. 🙂

And Heyerette on Twitter posted this lovely image from yesterday.

2020-0215 Richard Armitage

The whole picture viewable in this tweet.

2020-0215 Richard Armitage Toby Jones

I sooooo love the long hair and beard look!

21 thoughts on “Richard and Toby with Graham

  1. so…here’s a little background which you might not know!
    i’m partly responsible for the tree question….
    so i’m talking to a lass on twitter that’s a Richard fan -you might know her as doing the Casual Fangirls podcast. Anyway we have lots of giggles on PM and we were both listening around 11ish when i mentioned about texting in a question.
    So Caroline says “I’m so bad at thinking of interesting stuff..“What’s your favourite type of tree”
    and i laugh and then dare her to enter it because we both know it’s a very simplistic, kinda stupid question. But she does, then she gets cold feet …then it gets read and i’m literally pissing myself laughing and thankfully so is she!
    She particularly liked Toby hysterical giggles

    It was a nice interview, very light hearted-i think it’s good for Richard to do interviews with other actors because it tends to keep him light and it’s probably easier for him to deflect questions he doesn’t want to answer

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  2. I had no idea what Rountrees were !
    I’ll have to listen to the whole interview
    Esther thank you for the post today! 😘❤️

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  3. Wouldn’t we all love to see RA on Graham Norton’s sofa? Sigh… Though he really loves to joke at other people’s expense …
    I reckon there’ll be tons of wine gums and Rowntrees at the stagedoor…😆

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  4. That picture at the end of your post! Soooo handsome there. If his hair looks that good, why does he wear the baseball cap, I wonder.

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  5. Lol. The show started with “Love in an Elevator” and Graham seemed surprised that his producers had played Aerosmith. A nod to Richard’s go-to Karaoke song?

    Fun interview. I enjoy Norton’s TV show, but we only get it a couple of years after it’s been shown live.

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  6. I enjoyed this interview and would love to see Richard on the red couch. Graham seems to bring out the lighter, silly side of his guests and it would be fun to see Richard in a group interview where they play off each other. Maybe Graham had either the opportunity to suggest it to him or is interested enough to get his producers to approach Richard’s agent.

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    • I really hope so! Richard is good in ensemble settings. Yes, Graham is very adept at bringing out the more relaxed and fun side of people, it would be so cool if Richard was a guest some time as well.


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