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Textual Analysis of “So Graham Norton”

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Textual Analysis of "So Graham Norton" Introduction "So Graham Norton" is a comedy chat show that incorporates various genres. For example there are element of talk shows and game shows. However the main focus of the programme in terms of time is the chat show based section with two different celebrities. The show is shown at 10:30pm on Channel 4. Camera Style The camera seems to pay particular attention to GN. This can be seen in all parts of the show for example during the interview even though the celebrity is talking the camera continues cutting back to GN. This shows the range of facial expressions that GN makes when he reacts to what is being said. Most of the comedy in the show comes from this, if the camera did not keep showing us GN's reactions not as many people would watch. There is more use of the audience in most of the shots than in other shows of the same genre. And example of this is that when we see GN address the audience at the start of the programme the camera is positioned behind him so that we can see the audience. This is very different from the parallel point in other talk shows like Parkinson for example. ...read more.

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The shot reverse shot that is used is a typical sign of the chat show genre and as mentioned above could keep a viewer that is skimming through the channels. The editing tries to keep a shot of GN on the screen after each major point. Examples of this can be seen in the "Everybody Up" game. After the person has told the story the editing cuts to GN who is filmed on a separate camera. This separate camera that is always on Norton means that the editing team always have a shot of GN that they can drop into the finished show. The reason that the shots of GN are used so often is because most of the comedy on the show comes not from the material that the audience provides but from GN's reaction to this. If GN was not shown after every major point we would not see his reaction to the situation and the programme would not be as funny. There is use of the audience reactions during various bits of the programme. This can be seen at the beginning of the show when each of the members of the audience tells the funny story. ...read more.

Conclusion

Examples of this are abundant throughout there are very bright pinks and greens used in the title sequence and also in the studio. For example the panel behind Norton at the start has neon green bits in it. This has the effect of giving the show a lively and bright feeling which seems to reflect Norton's bright and lively personality. The show is built around Norton. Without him it would not work. Examples of this statement can be seen during the stories in the "Everybody Up" game. One such example is the woman who got stuck with her coat on and nothing else. The woman who is telling the story doesn't tell the story in a very funny way and in any other situation it would not get much more than a small chuckle. However because Norton picks up on some of the funnier aspects and adds his reaction to the story we laugh much harder. Since this bit of the show is recorded live Norton has to react to whatever material he is given. Since different people would react in different ways the show would not be the same without the same host. This reaction to the things that happen on the set gives the viewer a sense that the show is very personalised. It lets the viewer know that Norton is the HOST in every way. He is entertaining the viewer in his "home". ...read more.

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