Graham Norton is planning a drastic career change away from the BBC chat show

Graham Norton is entering the film business by co-writing and producing a romantic comedy.

It is understood that his So Television company and production company Tiger Mountain will co-produce the film. And Bridget Jones director Dan Mazer will shoot the British-Irish film, which will begin filming later this year.

A source said: “The film has been financed by Sky and will be shot in Ireland in July and August. It hasn’t been an easy road to get to this point, and the So team, learning as they go, has found that making films is much harder than they expected.

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“But this is a very exciting project and everyone has high hopes for it now that the ball is really rolling. Discussions are underway with a number of high-profile actors who could really bring the script to life.”

Graham is ready to start making films(Image: Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty I)

Graham’s move into films comes after his novel, Holding, was turned into an ITV series in 2022, starring Conleth Hill and Siobhan McSweeney. The Dublin-born chat show host, 61, did not produce the series but he asked the team to exercise restraint in ‘overt’ Irishness.

Graham said at the time: “Every time I thought it was too Irish I said, ‘No. You have Irish actors, you film in West Cork. It’s Irish enough… we get it.”