Graham Norton will interview Elton John in a new BBC One special later this year.
Elton John: Uncensored will see Elton and Graham sit down for an intimate chat which sees the legendary 'Rocket Man' look back at his extraordinary life and career which spans over 50 years.
As he prepares for the publication of his first and only official autobiography, Me, and enjoys a break from his mammoth Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, Elton shares many candid, personal and laugh out loud stories, in Elton John: Uncensored the pair revisit Elton’s classic archive performances, interviews and accolades.
Elton tells Graham about his childhood growing up as Reg Dwight in post-war Pinner, Middlesex, and looks back at his rise to global super stardom in the 1970’s. He shares musical memories of the 80’s and 90’s. He also speaks openly about the battles with addiction and how he has managed to overcome them to become one of the world’s most successful and prolific solo artists of all time.
Elton also tells Graham about the positive effect that fatherhood has had on his life.
Elton said: “The past two years have felt truly monumental for me, and with the release of Rocketman, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour and my autobiography coming up, it felt like the perfect opportunity to reflect on it all with Graham. I’ve always enjoyed our catch-ups and this felt like the best yet.”
Graham added: “Like the rest of the nation I'm a massive fan of Sir Elton John's music, but to sit down with him in his home to ask him about his life, career and family was a huge privilege.
"Funny, frank and fearless, I can't wait for people to hear him tell his story."
Jan Younghusband, Head of TV commissioning, BBC Music, commented: “BBC One brings the biggest music stars to television and national treasure Sir Elton John is absolutely one of the all-time greatest ever talents. A global superstar and huge personality, we are so thrilled to be treating audiences to this exclusive show.”
Suzy Lamb, Managing Director, Entertainment and Music, BBC Studios, said: “In this special year for Elton John we were honoured to be invited to produce this exclusive interview in the South of France.
"There is no one better than Graham Norton for Sir Elton to share his amazing life story with. Candid, funny and wickedly honest, prepare for the Rocketman to reveal all.”
Elton John: Uncensored will air on BBC One later this year.