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'The Graham Norton Show's' New Year's Eve Special Will Have Plenty of Big Stars

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By Joe Allen

Every year, "The Graham Norton Show's" New Year's Eve special draws an incredible lineup of celebrity guests, and it looks like 2019 will be no different. Even on his regular shows, Norton hosts a panel filled with celebrity guests from America and the UK. Typically, these guests are in attendance to promote a project, but that's not always the case.

On New Year's Eve, the show is even more stuffed with celebrities, and the lineup this year is an incredibly exciting one.

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First and foremost, the show will feature Tom Hanks and his "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" co-star Matthew Rhys. Hanks plays Mr. Rogers in that film, which was released earlier this year. Stephen Graham will also join Norton on the show, as will Motsi Mabuse of "Strictly Come Dancing."

That lineup would be more than enough for a normal episode of the show, but this is no average episode. There's plenty of additional guests where these folks came from.

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Florence Pugh, star of "Midsommar" and "Little Women" will also join the show, as will boxing champion Anthony Joshua. On top of that, former Spice Girl Melanie C will also be there performing alongside LGBTQ+ group Sink the Pink. Together, they'll perform their newly released single "High Heels."

All in all, then, the guests will likely make for a deeply compelling show. Hanks and Rhys have been on a fairly extensive press tour promoting their new film, and Pugh has also been a major presence all year.

Stephen Graham on the red carpet
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For Pugh, specifically, 2019 has been something of a breakthrough year. The actress is generating some Oscar buzz for her work in "Little Women," and she earned rave reviews for her performance in the delirious "Midsommar" earlier this year as well.

"Line of Duty" star Stephen Graham will be on hand to discuss his newest drama "White House Farm," and Mabuse will likely discuss her recent run as a judge on "Strictly Come Dancing." As you can see, there's plenty of topics to hit on.

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Norton has proven himself to be one of the best talk show hosts in the business over the years. His decision to combine his guests onto a single couch allows for interactions between them and makes every episode of the show feel extra special.

While the show primarily airs in the UK, it's earned a fairly steady following in the states thanks to clips posted on social media. It goes viral as any American talk show, which says something about its quality.

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