Talk show host and broadcaster Graham Norton has signed up to take over the hosting reigns from Joanne Lumley for the 2020 EE BAFTA awards ceremony.

Over the past couple of years the show has felt flat, bringing in Norton can only be a sign of BAFTA wanting to liven up the proceedings and it that 21st-century edge and humour he brings to his Friday night BBC One talk show.

“I’m delighted to be taking the helm of the biggest night in British Film, the audience at the Royal Albert Hall will be the biggest sofa I’ve ever faced. I’m honoured to be following in the fabulous footsteps of Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley,” said Norton

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Norton first presented the British Academy Television Awards ceremony 15 years ago, but February will mark his debut as Film Awards host. He is currently hosting the 26th series of popular comedy chat show ‘The Graham Norton Show’which is broadcast in multiple countries around the world. The show has won six BAFTA Television Awards over the years, contributing to the 19 BAFTA nominations Norton and his shows have accumulated over the past few decades.

The ceremony, celebrating the very best of British and international film talent, will be returning to London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall and broadcast on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC iPlayer.

Also making a return to the BAFTA stage will be the Cirque du Soleil who have opened up the awards ceremony for the past four years. Cirque du Soleil will be in residence at the Royal Albert Hall in January & February 2020 with their latest show, Luzia, and will perform a piece specially created for the Film Awards ceremony.

Nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards will be revealed on 7th January 2020, following the EE Rising Star nominations on 6th January 2020.