Graham Norton returns to TV Baftas with string of quips

Graham Norton returns to TV Baftas with string of quips

Graham Norton made his comeback as host of the TV Baftas with a string of excoriating jokes.

The TV and radio presenter last fronted the ceremony in 2016, when he used his opening monologue to lampoon the likes of Dermot O'Leary and Caroline Flack.

Sue Perkins took over after Norton, who has hosted the show for years, pulled out, citing a scheduling conflict with his Eurovision commentary duties.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Daisy May Cooper attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Holly Willoughby attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Winners of the Factual Series award for 'Louis Theroux's Altered States', Arron Fellows (L) and Louis Theroux pose in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Lucy Worsley (C) with the Specialist Factual Award the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: (2nd L - 2nd R) Phil Bigwood, Debbie Dubois and Steve Rudge with the Best Sport Award for the '2018 World Cup Quarter Final Coverage' with Alex Scott (L) and Billy Monger (R) in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Phoebe Waller-Bridge attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Alex Scott poses in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Phil Clarke and Julia Davis winners of the Best Scripted Comedy Award for 'Sally4Ever' in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Julia Davis the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Danny Dyer the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Adam Hills attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Daisy May Cooper attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Andrew Scott poses in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Declan Donnelly and Anthony McPartlin pose in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Jessica Hynes winner of the Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme Award for 'There She Goes' poses in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Kelsey Grammer (R) and Kayte Walsh attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Billy Monger attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Lolly Adefope attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Samson Kayo (L) and Leonie Elliott in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Julia Stiles attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Steve Coogan attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Suranne Jones attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Steve Pemberton, winner of the Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme Award for 'Inside No.9' in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Lenny Henry and Suranne Jones in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Nicola Shindler winner of the Special Award in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Mo Gilligan in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Lolly Adefope in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Mo Gilligan and Lolly Adefope in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: David Walliams attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Bobby Berk (L) and Jane Krakowski pose in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Emma Corin (L) and Paloma Faith poses in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Jane Krakowski poses in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Kimberley Garner attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Emma Corin poses in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Marvin Humes attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Rochelle Humes attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Evan Williams, Patrick Wells, Eva Lucas and Dan Edge winners of the Best Current Affairs Award for 'Myanmar's Killing Fields', in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Nick Mohammed (L) and David Schwimmer attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Emma Mackey poses in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: James Norton attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Winner of the Supporting Actress award for 'Killing Eve', Fiona Shaw poses in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Matt Berry poses in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Naga Munchetty (L) and Sophie Raworth pose in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Shirley Ballas attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Prue Leith attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Helen Worth attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Shirley Ballas (L) and Joe Sugg pose in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Marvin and Rochelle Humes attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Clara Amfo attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Julian Barratt and Julia Davis attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Camilla Kerslake attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Ncuti Gatwa and Emma Mackey attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: (L-R) Winners of the Features award for 'Who Do You Think You Are?', Colette Flight, Sarah Feltes, David Vincent and presenter Robert Rinder pose in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Arielle Free attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Will Poulter attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Sophie Hunter (L) and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Hannah Walters (L) and Stephen Graham attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Megan McKenna attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Bros, Matt Goss and Luke Goss attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Bros, Matt Goss and Luke Goss, meet Globe Girls at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Michelle Heaton attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Amy Jackson attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Saoirse-Monica Jackson attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Nicola Coughlan attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Nicola Coughlan (L) and Saoirse-Monica Jackson attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Jamie-Lee O'Donnell attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Norton's opening jokes this year came after Gareth Malone and pupils from Kensington Aldridge Academy opened the awards.

The choirmaster performed with children from the school, which is near Grenfell Tower, for BBC Two series Our School By The Tower.

Norton said: "It seems a shame to follow it with some snarky, mean-spirited jokes but that's my job."

Norton's jokes:

To the star-studded audience: "You've all been working harder than the plug-in air freshener at the Ecuadorian Embassy."

On Line Of Duty:
"The interviews, they're incredible. That interrogation of data hasn't been seen since that time Seann Walsh got home from Strictly practice ... You snog one dancer."

Danny Baker
Norton poked fun at Danny Baker (Victoria Jones/PA)

On the Great British Bake Off:
"Every week, after an error of judgment, a baker gets kicked out.
This week Danny (Baker), literally a show-stopper."

On women on TV:
"It's not only good for equality but it saves the BBC a fortune." He added to Tess Daly: "A woman wrote that joke. I'm just reading these things aloud."

On Killing Eve's Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh
"Enthralling love-hate rivalry. Keep watching because they can't both win tonight."

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Matt Goss (left) and Luke Goss were also targeted by Norton (Matt Crossick/PA)

On the Bros documentary:
"It was must-see television. A lot of people argued which one had the most dignity. I'd say it was the bassist Craig, he declined to take part."

To award winners: "Be like David Budd in Bodyguard and say as few words as possible."

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