Forgive me. It’s been more than a week.
In 2006 the Edinburgh Television Festival broadcast to a select audience of braying executives a pilot How do you solve a problem like Graham Norton? a competition hosted by the director general of BBC 1 encouraging programme makers and executives to battle to come up with new programme ideas for a man being paid millions of pounds to do bugger all, aside from occasionally teasing Nicholas Parsons on the radio and looking distraught at the departure of two trainee hairdressers on that dancing show that doesn’t have Brucie on it. Despite heavy investment no original programme idea was found.
So the Beeb decided to give him a downmarket version of Operatunity (or is that an upmarket version of Pop Idol?) instead.