TV: Graham Norton Show / So Television / BBC One / Episode 8.5

Good TV isn’t complicated. The rules are the same regardless of genre. The premise has to be simple (not to mention authentic).

It’s execution has to be a seamless blend of technical expertise and innate talent combined with years of experience. The audience should be left mesmerized (as far as the audience can given the type of programme he or she is watching). Nobody should be left wondering “what on earth went on there?” when the credits have finished rolling. It’s that simple.

And what’s more, it can all be condensed into a simple formula. Good celebrity bookers + good deals struck = (usually) Good TV.

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