Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Paul O'Grady Show (formerly The New Paul O'Grady Show) is a British comedy chat show on Channel 4, formerly aired on ITV. The Channel 4 show was filmed at the BBC Television Centre in London. However on the 17 September 2007 it moved to The London Studios with one week of the series filmed at Teddington Studios.
Paul O'Grady, the comic from Birkenhead, previously more famous for his female alter-ego Lily Savage, hosts the weekday teatime chat show which is a mixture of celebrity guests, comic stunts and pieces, as well as viewer competitions.

ITV show
On 10 January 2006, in a shock decision, O'Grady decided to defect from ITV and take his daytime chat show to Channel 4 after the company which produces Granada programming apparently 'forgot' to renew his contract.

Channel 4 show
Each episode follows the same general outline. It starts with Paul coming on with Buster (or sometimes Olga or sometimes his cat Mr Pickles), saying "what's all this on my desk?, look what you've sent me" before sitting down to read his mail, usually with great disgust at the things that viewers send in (which have included vibrating soap, a viewers dead goldfish wrapped in tissue and children's letters asking if Paul wears a wig), he will then tell jokes which he tells every episode and talk about northern England. After the break he has two sets of guests who come on and have a chat with Paul. Later in the show Paul will play the organ game (The Organ Game was suspended from Monday 17th September 2007 due to the phone-in scandals which have affected Channel Four and other UK television channels) and will do something usually involving children.

Show Outline
Whilst recovering from his heart attack, Channel 4 insisted O'Grady should take a week off, from 23 October to the 27 October 2006. Guest presenters filled the void, and presented one show each. O'Grady returned on the 30 October. The celebrities which presented the programme in his absence were as follows:
O'Grady took another week off, beginning 27 November with guest presenters including:
O'Grady took another week off, beginning on 7 May with guest presenters including:
O'Grady will take another week off on 5 November with guest presenters including:

23 October 2006: Vernon Kay
24 October 2006: Cilla Black
25 October 2006: Lorraine Kelly
26 October 2006: Jesse Metcalfe
27 October 2006: Alan Titchmarsh
27 November 2006: Judith Chalmers
28 November 2006: Melanie Sykes
29 November 2006: Patrick McGuinness
30 November 2006: Lorraine Kelly
1 December 2006: Brian Conley
7 May 2007: Justin Lee Collins
8 May 2007: Melanie Sykes
9 May 2007: Vernon Kay
10 May 2007: Liza Tarbuck
11 May 2007: Lenny Henry
5 November 2007: Melanie Sykes
6 November 2007: Chris Moyles
7 November 2007: Michael Buble joined by Shane Richie
8 November 2007: Ross Kemp
9 November 2007: Lorraine Kelly Guest presenters
Recently Paul has been approached by BSkyB to move his show to their own channel Sky One. It has been reported that he has been offered £16,000,000 by BSkyB, but in a TV Times magazine interview Paul O'Grady has denied he was offered this from Sky and has also denied the rumours that ITV wanted him to become their new "Parkinson" after Michael Parkinson retires at the end of this year. He said he was offered a deal by ITV but has refused and is staying with Channel 4 until the end of 2009.

Move to Sky One
In each episode it is usual for two celebrities to appear on the show. These people often return on the show at a later episode. Such stars have included:
Notable guest stars
Debbie Harry
Brian May
Mariah Carey
Cilla Black
Boy George
Jules Holland
Elton John
Aled Jones
Tom Jones
Girls Aloud
Meat Loaf
Donny Osmond
Hilary Duff
Dolly Parton
Cliff Richard
Melanie C
Julio Iglesias
Scissor Sisters
Dionne Warwick
Emma Bunton
Michael Ball
Pet Shop Boys
Rod Stewart
Barry Manilow
Rachel Stevens
Daniel Bedingfield
Natasha Bedingfield
Nelly Furtado
The Proclaimers
Ozzy Osbourne
Joan Armatrading
Gene Simmons
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Michael Bublé
Josh Groban
Gareth Gates
Sheryl Crow
Gloria Estefan Musicians
Amanda Mealing
Scott Maslen
Anthony Andrews
Brian Blessed
Jennie McAlpine
David Cassidy
Celia Imrie
Kim Cattrall
Ewan McGregor
Roger Moore
The Rock
Lauren Bacall
John Travolta
Barbara Windsor
June Brown
Ross Kemp
Billie Piper
Martin Kemp
Gaynor Faye
Julie Andrews
Julie Walters
Zoë Wanamaker
Lisa Kudrow
Teri Hatcher
Jessie Wallace
Wendy Richard
Richard Fleeshman The New Paul O'Grady Show Actors/Actresses
Jo Brand
Jimmy Carr
Jon Culshaw
Julian Clary
Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Harry Hill
Peter Kay
Ruby Wax
Patrick McGuinness
Justin Lee Collins
Joe Pasquale
Joan Rivers
Lenny Henry
Dawn French
Catherine Tate
Pete Price
Amy Sedaris
Victoria Wood
Alan Carr
Lee Evans Comedians/Comediennes

Simon Cowell
David Dickinson
Ben Fogle
Sharon Osbourne
Jack Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne
Gok Wan
Gary Rhodes
Michael Parkinson
Louis Walsh
Phillip Schofield
Fern Britton
Fiona Phillips
Ben Shephard
Penny Smith
Laila Morse
Dermot O'leary
Rolf Harris
Davina McCall
Carol Vorderman
Des Lynam
Des O'Connor
Melanie Sykes
Richard Whiteley Other Television personalities
The Paul O'Grady Show appeared in a season three episode of The Catherine Tate Show, where Joannie "Nan" Taylor made an appearance. Originally she acted very sweet, and later revealed her true colours. When O'Grady mentioned that they had replaced Joannie's old chair with a new one and placed it in her flat, she became enraged at them intruding her flat, started swearing and walked off the set, much to the disgust of Paul O'Grady.

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