Graham Norton pokes fun at Sheridan Smith and Caroline Flack in biting opening Bafta TV monologue

Graham Norton used his opening monologue at the Bafta TV awards to lampoon everyone from Dermot O'Leary to Sheridan Smith to Caroline Flack - joking that the X Factor presenter had left the show after facing worse odds of a comeback than Anne Boleyn.

Caroline left the show alongside co-host Olly Murs after just one series.

Caroline Flack at te Baftas
Caroline Flack (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The award show host joked: "The writing was on the wall for Caroline ... you could get better odds for Anne Boleyn returning to Wolf Hall."

He also joked about Dermot O'Leary, who is returning to the ITV talent show as host. Referring to the infamous Top Gear Cenotaph incident, which involved a race car driving "donuts" around the war memorial, he joked it was "the biggest U-turn" since Simon Cowell decided to re-hire Dermot.

Sheridan Smith, who lost out on a Bafta for leading actress in The C Word, was also victim of one of Graham's jibes.

Fearne Cotton and Dermot O'Leary
Fearne Cotton and Dermot O'Leary (Ian West/PA)

He brought up an incident that reportedly occurred behind the scenes at her West End show Funny Girl, when a performance was cancelled.

"We're all excited for a couple of drinks tonight," Graham quipped, "Or, as it's known in theatrical circles, a few glasses of 'technical difficulties'."

Sheridan had earlier denied speculative reports in the press that a performance of Funny Girl had to be stopped early because she was drunk.

Sheridan Smith arriving at the Baftas
Sheridan Smith arriving at the Baftas (Ian West/PA)

Producers said it was, in fact, due to a "technical fault", while a spokesman for Smith has said that allegations she was drunk are "categorically not true".

Funny Girl is set to continue until October and is rumoured to be heading to Broadway. Sheridan Smith has won critical acclaim for her performance as Fanny Brice in the production, a role made famous originally by Barbra Streisand.

Read Full Story