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James Brown and Joss Stone on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

James Brown and Joss Stone rip it up with Jonathan Ross

Friday 1 July on BBC ONE (repeated on BBC THREE on Sunday 3 July)

On the eve of Live 8, Bob Geldof gatecrashes Friday Night with Jonathan Ross to introduce an all-star line-up for the last show in the current run.


In a rare television interview, The Godfather of Soul James Brown joins Jonathan Ross to look back at his 50 year singing career...


His friendship with Elvis: "We were very close: I wanted to wear tight pants but he was first."


His experience as a black artist: "If someone called you a black, that was negative; I try to take the negative and make a positive. When I see a kid they're not black or white, I just see a kid."


He discusses his longevity as a performer: "I [still] do everything except the splits. I had a bad experience (prostate) - for a long time I was ill and never knew it.


"I dance fast, the little bit I knew I now do better... I didn't think at my age (72) I'd still be respected."


And on his forthcoming appearance at Live 8 in Edinburgh: "There's a lot of people who need our help. I'm begging you [to watch]: they need us."


Jonathan also welcomes to the show Ricky Gervais, with the first-ever UK sneak preview of his forthcoming BBC TWO series Extras.


The series stars, among others, Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, Les Dennis and Samuel L Jackson.


"They play twisted versions of themselves," he says. "They came on board because they were fans of The Office."


But not all Americans are as appreciative. "Clint Eastwood apparently said, 'Who the f*** are they?' which is my favourite quote.


"[In Extras] I play Andy Milman, a struggling extra. I get bit parts in films. Kate Winslet plays a nun hiding people from the Nazis and I approach her to ingratiate herself and try and get a line."


He's already looking ahead to a second series: "We'll do one if people watch it. I think if we got Tom Cruise we'd do two. We wanted to do something that wouldn't be compared to The Office."


Gervais also reveals that he turned down an acting role in Mission Impossible 3 as well as a role opposite George Clooney: "I'm doing For Your Consideration (Christopher Guest's new film) - I'm happier with that."


Completing this final week's line-up is teen soul singing sensation Joss Stone, also performing at Live 8, who famously didn't know who Bob Geldof was.


"I've no idea what to expect [at Live 8]. I wasn't around for Live Aid... I didn't know who he was - they never let me live it down."


And in an electrifying finale to the series, Stone joins Brown for an impromptu storming rendition of his classics - including Sex Machine and It's a Man's World - performed live in the studio.



Category: TV Ent
Date: 29.06.2005
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