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Graham Norton has revealed he will have an emergency wine stash at the BAFTA television awards.

The 51-year-old TV and radio presenter, who will host the glitzy ceremony on May 18, plans to hoard a few bottles backstage to calm his nerves.

“I always have wine, though I don’t bring it on stage with me – normally because there’s nowhere to put it,” he says.

“But if you’re there on the night, you do see me disappear quite a lot, and that’s when I’m going to my emergency wine station.”

He added: “It’s not like doing a regular show; it’s more or less live. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t get a bit nervous.”

Graham, whose chat show The Graham Norton Show has been nominated in two categories, including best Entertainment Performance alongside Ant and Dec for Saturday Night Takeaway, Charlie Brooker for 10 O’Clock Live and Sarah Millican for The Sarah Millican Television Programme, admitted the event isn’t all glitz and glamour.

“There’s the backstage bit, which is always grimy and horrible, then there’s the coach trip to the dinner after the ceremony, when everyone gets taken to the Grosvenor House hotel in their finery. It’s very hard to make that bit glamorous – you’re on a bus,” he said.

The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, BBC1, Sunday, May 18.



– Press Association