Comedian and chat show host, Graham Norton, has been telling TV Times magazine about his loves and hates in TV, and though he loves American vampire saga True Blood, he was “depressed” by Downton Abbey!
When asked which TV show he never misses, Graham said, “When it’s back I’ll be watching True Blood, because I love all the vampire stuff.
“The mighty Fiona Shaw is in it, too, playing a Latin-speaking witch, but I haven’t seen her in it yet.”
And of which British shows he loves, Graham said, “I also really enjoyed Scott and Bailey. I liked the dynamic between the women – they were flawed and interesting, but the show did the crime bit properly, too.
“Sometimes crime shows get the balance wrong and there’s too much about the flawed detective and inner turmoil and you think, no, I’d quite like to get some crime in there as well.”
But of Downton Abbey’s second series, Graham isn’t quite so keen…
He said, “I loved the first series of Downton. I mean, loved it. I got depressed during the final episode, knowing it was going to end.
“But I watched the first episode of the second series and it was terrible.”
When it comes to reality shows, Graham’s a fan of Strictly Come Dancing. He said, “I do watch Strictly and I’m looking forward to the new series. I think it’s a great line-up.
“I wonder what the nation will make of Nancy Dell’Olio.
“I also wonder what she hopes to get out of it. If I were her, I think I would live in Italy in a small cottage, because her encounters with the press so far have not gone well…”
And finally, TV Times asked which shows Graham’s “missing on TV at the moment” to which he replied, “Not much. I feel quite well catered for, although if TV Times could fix it for me, I would like to see a crime show starring Miriam Margolyes.
“She is just the funniest, most delightful woman and I would love to have her in my living room every week.”