Graham Norton wants chat record

Graham Norton is hoping to break a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of questions asked on a talk show, when he hosts a seven-hour chat show for Comic Relief

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Graham Norton is hoping to break a Guinness World Record when he hosts a seven-hour chat show for Comic Relief.

The funnyman will be joined by 38 guests on March 15 as he tries to set a new record for the greatest number of questions asked on a talk show, as well as helping raise money for the charity.

Graham said it was impossible to turn down the charity challenge, especially as it wasn't as physically demanding as what other celebrities have to do.

He told The Sun newspaper: "Compared to running marathons, climbing mountains and canoeing down rivers, sitting and chatting for a few hours seems quite easy.

"They are running out of people to do those physical challenges so I thought I should really get in quick with this."

Guests who have agreed to take part include Dermot O'Leary, Martin Freeman, Matt Lucas and Carol Vorderman.

Graham says the main thing about the marathon chat show is raising money rather than what questions he asks.

He said: "I really enjoy my TV and Radio Two show so helping Comic Relief will be fun.

"I know it sounds like a cliché but if I can motivate people to donate money, then it doesn't matter what nonsense happens. I am sure we will quickly reach the lowest common denominator - at least most of the show will be after 9pm!"

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