From the News Limited website (www.news.com.au)
November 17, 2008
Richard E Grant interviews Andrew Denton in final Enough Rope
Tables turned ... Andrew Denton was surprised to find himself the subject of Richard E Grant's questions in the final Enough Rope after his chat with Ben Stiller.
In his final moments in control of Enough Rope, Andrew Denton yesterday found himself at the end of the noose, after actor Richard E Grant emerged to interview him during the taping of the ABC chat show. Denton had spent more than an hour dissecting what turned out to be the most interesting mind of Ben Stiller when the tables were turned on the inquisitor, reports media writer Marcus Casey.
After quizzing the Zoolander star on his Hollywood life, wife, use of LSD and more, the show's producers set Denton up to re-record the interview's introduction. He returned to the studio only to discover that Grant was sitting in his chair. The My Fair Lady stage star - who featured in a June episode of the show two years ago - then grilled Denton with a mixture of serious and stunt questions about the highs and lows of interviewing almost 500 guests in 191 episodes of the six-year series.
Denton, now concentrating on producing programs, revealed his most interesting interview in the show's history had been with author and former New York homeless crackhead Lee Stringer. "Of all the people I've spoken to he seemed the most wise and settled in life," Denton told the live audience.
Stiller warmed to the Australian interviewer's researched style, declaring at one point: "Boy you know a lot about my life." Impressed by the personal exchange, Stiller later joked "this has been great. Normally on a talk show you're told to come out and be funny for six minutes, but I like sitting here and being boring for an hour."
The program's floor crew and staff from Denton's production firm then partied into the evening.
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The final episode of ENOUGH ROPE will screen on Monday 8 December at 9.30pm on ABC1.
Heston Blumenthal's Perfect Christmas
Culinary alchemist Heston Blumenthal turns his attention to the biggest meal of the year - Christmas dinner. This one-hour special is not going to be one of those Christmas cookery programs that lead to a rush on cranberries. His six celebrity guests all have a genuine love of food and Heston aims to make them feel like children again. Guests Terry Wogan, Kirsty Wark, Dara O’Briain, Rob Brydon, Richard E. Grant and Sue Perkins have no idea what to expect. Sourcing ingredients from Oman, Paris and Siberia, Heston treats his guests to a spectacular Christmas dinner like no other in Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Christmas.
Airs December 4 at 7:35PM on Australia’s LifeStyle Food Channel. Additional airings on December 5 at 1:00PM, December 10 at 8:40PM, December 11 at 7:30AM & 2:00PM, December 14 at 7:00PM, December 15 at 1:00AM, December 20 at 2:30PM, December 24 at 12:00PM and December 25 at 1:00AM.
For more on the show visit: Heston Blumenthal's Perfect Christmas.