The Paul O'Grady Show

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For the 2010 show, see Paul O'Grady Live. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_0

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The Paul O'Grady ShowThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_0_0
Also known asThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_1_0 The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006–2007)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_1_1
GenreThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_2_0 EntertainmentThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_2_1
Presented byThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_3_0 Paul O'GradyThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_3_1
Voices ofThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_4_0 Marc Silk

Peter DicksonThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_4_1

Theme music composerThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_5_0 The Delta Rhythm Section (2004–2009)

McFly (2013–2015)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_5_1

Opening themeThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_6_0 "Funkin Fever" by The Delta Rhythm Section (2004–2009)

"The Paul O'Grady Show" by McFly (2013–2015)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_6_1

Ending themeThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_7_0 "Funkin Fever" (2004–2009)

"The Paul O'Grady Show" (2013–2015)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_7_1

Country of originThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_8_0 United KingdomThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_8_1
Original languageThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_9_0 EnglishThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_9_1
No. of seriesThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_10_0 15 – (7 on ITV, 8 on Channel 4)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_10_1
No. of episodesThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_11_0 769The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_11_1
ProductionThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_12_0
Executive producersThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_13_0 Brendan Murphy (2004)

Sue Andrew (2004–06) Paul O'Grady Robert Gray (2006–09) David Hall (2013)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_13_1

Production locationsThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_14_0 The London Studios (2004–2005, 2007–2009, 2013–2015)

BBC Television Centre (2006–2007)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_14_1

Running timeThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_15_0 60 minutes (inc. adverts)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_15_1
Production companiesThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_16_0 Granada Television (ITV: 2004–05)

Olga TV (Channel 4: 2006–09) ITV Studios (ITV: 2013–15)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_16_1

ReleaseThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_17_0
Original networkThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_18_0 ITV (2004–05, 2013–15)

Channel 4 (2006–09)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_18_1

Picture formatThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_19_0 576i 16:9 (SDTV)

(2004–2009) 1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (2013–2015)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_19_1

Audio formatThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_20_0 Stereo (2004–2009)

Dolby Digital 5.1 (2013–2015)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_20_1

Original releaseThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_21_0 11 October 2004 (2004-10-11) –

29 May 2015 (2015-05-29)The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_21_1

ChronologyThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_22_0
Related showsThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_23_0 The 5 O'Clock Show

Paul O'Grady LiveThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_0_23_1

External linksThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_0_24_0

The Paul O'Grady Show is a British comedy chat show presented by comedian Paul O'Grady, first shown on 11 October 2004. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_1

The programme is a teatime chat show consisting of a mixture of celebrity guests, comic stunts, musical performances, and occasionally viewer competitions. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_2

The format was originally devised by Granada Television and was broadcast on ITV until December 2005, before moving to Channel 4 in 2006, where the show was produced by Olga TV. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_3

The show originally ended in 2009 when O'Grady announced a move back to ITV, adapting his format to prime-time for Friday nights at 9pm, hosting Paul O'Grady Live from 2010. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_4

However the show underperformed in the ratings, averaging just over 3 million viewers, and ended after two series in 2011 amongst reports O'Grady was "keen to move on". The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_5

Three years later, the original teatime format returned to ITV on 11 November 2013, airing at its traditional time of weekdays at 5pm. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_6

It concluded its twelfth run on 13 December 2013. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_7

It returned for a thirteenth series on 28 April 2014, which ended on 30 May 2014. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_8

The programme has averaged 2 million viewers in its 5pm slot. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_9

A third and final revived series began airing on 20 April 2015 on ITV and ended on 29 May 2015. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_10

Format The Paul O'Grady Show_section_0

The show runs on weekdays, Monday to Friday, for one hour from 5:00 pm. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_11

Each episode follows O'Grady being introduced, walking to his desk with one of his pet dogs; originally Buster, a Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise cross, until his death shortly before the show originally ended in 2009, and Olga, a Cairn Terrier who has regularly appeared since the series returned in 2013. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_12

O'Grady reads out viewers' letters, sometimes with disgust at the things viewers have sent (which included vibrating soap, a viewer's dead goldfish wrapped in tissue and children's letters asking if Paul wears a wig or dentures). The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_13

The remainder of the programme consists of interviews with two or more celebrity guests. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_14

Children were also featured in segments of the show such as reviewing toys, games and films, or demonstrating skills (such as speed cup stacking). The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_15

The show is broadcast live from The London Studios. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_16

History The Paul O'Grady Show_section_1

2004–05: ITV The Paul O'Grady Show_section_2

ITV previously had trouble filling the 5-6pm slot with a popular programme, with two daytime soap operas failing to achieve significant ratings in the slot. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_17

Night and Day launched in 2001 but moved from its teatime slot in 2002 after falling ratings. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_18

Similarly the revived version of Crossroads occupied the slot from March 2001, however it too saw a decline in ratings particularly after major cast and production changes towards the end. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_19

Both soaps were axed in mid-2003, over a year before The Paul O'Grady Show was first broadcast, and the new show was seen as the saviour of this teatime slot. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_20

ITV commissioned The Paul O'Grady Show in October 2004 following O'Grady's appearance as a guest presenter for the (somewhat similar formatted) lunch-time entertainment show Today with Des and Mel. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_21

ITV management were so impressed by his initial standing in — a last minute replacement for regular host Des O'Connor — that he was brought back several more times, and subsequently O'Grady was given his own show (O'Grady also became good friends with co-presenter Melanie Sykes, who has since stood in for him on O'Grady's own show on occasion). The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_22

Guess the Tune (known as The Organ Game on the Channel 4 version, and the second on ITV), a phone-in-competition where O'Grady plays tunes on his organ and the contestant has to guess them correctly to win up to £2,000, became a popular feature of the programme. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_23

The tune that O'Grady played leading into the game was a truncated version of "Sing As We Go", by Gracie Fields. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_24

Also a stalwart of the show was O'Grady's Shih Tzu/Bichon Frise cross dog, Buster, who appeared for a full five minutes at the start of each programme since the ITV incarnation of the show. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_25

2006–09: Channel 4 The Paul O'Grady Show_section_3

On 10 January 2006, in an unexpected announcement, O'Grady said that he had decided to leave ITV for Channel 4, following a dispute between O'Grady and Granada Television (who made The Paul O'Grady Show for ITV) after Granada 'forgot' to renew O'Grady's ITV contract. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_26

O'Grady was believed to have left ITV not only due to his contract renewal issues nor his salary, but rather he wanted more creative control over the show (Granada had promptly refused when the show was under their production). The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_27

His own television production company, Olga TV (named after one of his pet dogs), subsequently took over production of the programme. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_28

The programme began its run on Channel 4 in March 2006, in the same 5:00–6:00 pm early evening slot, alternating in this slot every three months or so with Richard & Judy. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_29

In response, initially ITV decided to air repeats of the original show in the same slot. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_30

This was partially the reason why, for its first few series on the new channel, Channel 4 billed the programme as The New Paul O'Grady Show. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_31

During its time on both ITV from 2004–05 and Channel 4, The Paul O'Grady Show was broadcast live on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, but Thursday's and Friday's episode were pre-recorded on the Tuesday and Wednesday of that week, respectively, at 12:30 pm. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_32

2013–2015: ITV revival The Paul O'Grady Show_section_4

After four years off-air, the show returned on 11 November 2013, in the same teatime slot from 5–6pm, on its original channel ITV, with a new theme tune written and performed by McFly. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_33

Games including Guess the Tune, also known as "The Organ Game", also returned. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_34

It is a phone-in-competition where O'Grady plays tunes on his organ and the contestant has to guess them correctly, it is played live on Wednesdays show. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_35

O'Grady announced that the show would return for another series, beginning on 28 April 2014. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_36

A third and final revived series began airing on 20 April 2015. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_37

Similarly to the Channel 4 show, The Paul O'Grady Show is broadcast live on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 5:00pm; Thursday's and Friday's episode are pre-recorded on the Tuesday and Wednesday of that week, respectively, at 12:30pm. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_38

Series overview The Paul O'Grady Show_section_5

ITV (2004–05) The Paul O'Grady Show_section_6

The series began broadcasting on ITV on 11 October 2004. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_39

The show ran several different features, including a competition to decide the country's best meat and potato pie, with the efforts of the Denby Dale Pie Company voted as the winner. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_40

Series two aired from 14 March 2005 to 27 May 2005 and the final original ITV series ended on 23 December that same year. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_41

Repeats of the original ITV series were shown for some time in direct competition with new episodes on Channel 4 after O'Grady left Granada. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_42

Channel 4 (2006–09) The Paul O'Grady Show_section_7

The first Channel 4 series of The New Paul O'Grady Show began airing on 27 March 2006 and ran until 16 June 2006 (repeats of the show were broadcast on More4 the following lunchtime). The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_43

The new show was recorded at the BBC Television Centre instead of the original home, The London Studios, due to an apparent dispute with ITV. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_44

The second series was planned to start on 4 September 2006, but was pushed back to 25 September due to O'Grady suffering a second heart attack. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_45

The second series ran until 26 January 2007. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_46

Buster did not appear for the first two weeks due to a serious eye infection, so O'Grady's other pet dog Olga took his place instead. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_47

On 16 January 2007, viewers noticed that instead of the scheduled live show, a repeat show was aired instead. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_48

This was due to O'Grady pulling out of the show at the last minute due to illness, later discovered as a sickness bug. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_49

O'Grady returned live the next day. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_50

The third series on Channel 4 aired from 2 April 2007 to 15 June 2007. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_51

The show returned for the seventh series (the fourth on Channel 4) on 17 September 2007, running until December of that year. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_52

The New from the show title was dropped from this series and the show went back to its original ITV title. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_53

The show's opening titles were retinted red, and subsequently the set backdrop was made red. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_54

The programme returned to The London Studios from BBC Television Centre. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_55

Following news of premium rate phone in scandals, The Organ Game was suspended (as it relied on people calling in to enter the game). The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_56

On the first episode of the new series (broadcast on 17 September 2007), Paul went over to play The Organ Game near the end of the show to find it tied up and him unable to use it. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_57

He invited viewers to telephone or e-mail Channel 4 bosses to allow him to play the phone-in game. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_58

On 22 October 2007, O'Grady announced on his show that The Organ Game would be returning; however there were only four special organ games leading up to Christmas, primarily for people who deserve the cash prize being offered (the phone line entries which used to be on the show have remained suspended). The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_59

On 19 November 2007, the first of the four special Organ Games aired. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_60

The fifth series on Channel 4 began on 17 March 2008. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_61

The new series ran throughout the spring until 16 June 2008, at which point Richard & Judy returned for its last series. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_62

The studio set was given a slight revamp with added studio lights on the floor and walls. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_63

On Tuesday, 15 April 2008, Melanie Sykes hosted the show, although it was not announced that she would be hosting. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_64

Sykes informed the audience that O'Grady was ill with the flu, and as such was unable to present. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_65

Sykes hosted that week's shows before O'Grady returned on Monday 21 April. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_66

However, O'Grady hadn't fully recovered, and Sykes had to be called in to do the following show on Tuesday. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_67

It was announced that Lorraine Kelly would host Wednesday's show, Brian Conley would host Thursday's show, and Shane Richie would host Friday's show. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_68

O'Grady finally returned on 28 April 2008. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_69

The show returned on 22 September 2008 for a new series which ended on 19 December 2008. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_70

Brand new titles were introduced as well as a slight revamp to the set. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_71

Series 7 of the Channel 4 show began on Channel 4 on 23 February 2009 and concluded its run on 22 May 2009. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_72

Series 8 of the Channel 4 show began on 21 September 2009. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_73

The series concluded on 18 December 2009 and was the last to air on Channel 4. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_74

During this series, it was announced that the popular pet, Buster, had retired, and on 23 November it was announced that Buster had died aged fourteen on 19 November 2009. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_75

A spokesman for the comedian confirmed the news by telling The Daily Mirror that O'Grady was "absolutely gutted". The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_76

On Friday 18 December 2009, O'Grady presented his final show with an array of special guests; including Beverley Callard and William Roache, Honor Blackman, Natalie Cassidy, JLS, Scott Maslen, Joe McFadden, Linda Thorson, Melanie Sykes, Catherine Tate (appearing as Joannie "Nan" Taylor), Kate Thornton and The Teletubbies. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_77

Plus, other celebrities including Kim Cattrall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonas Brothers, Alan Menken and Enrique Iglesias. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_78

O'Grady's own daughter, her partner and his grandchildren made a special good luck VT to say goodbye to O'Grady. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_79

All of O'Grady's best bits were also shown, as was the viewers' favourite ever clip of the show. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_80

ITV revival (2013–2015) The Paul O'Grady Show_section_8

The twelfth series (fourth on ITV) began airing on 11 November 2013 on ITV. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_81

It featured a new theme tune by McFly and a new, but similar set with features from previous series. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_82

A thirteenth series (fifth on ITV) was broadcast from 28 April until 30 May 2014. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_83

A third and final revived series on ITV began airing on 20 April 2015. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_84

Guest hosts The Paul O'Grady Show_section_9

While recovering from his second heart attack, Channel 4 insisted O'Grady should take a week off from presenting the show. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_85

This break occurred from 23 to 27 October 2006 and guest presenters hosted the programme for a day each. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_86

Since then, there have been three more scheduled guest-hosted weeks and in total there have been 27 different celebrity guest hosts. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_87

In April 2008, there were two unscheduled guest-hosted weeks. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_88

O'Grady hosted the Monday show during these two weeks, but was taken ill after contracting a flu virus for the remainder of the weeks. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_89

Melanie Sykes guest-hosted five of the eight remaining shows, having previously hosted the show three times. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_90

In total she has been guest host 11 times. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_91

On 15 October 2009, O'Grady had to go to the dentist for some dental work, with Joe Pasquale substituting for him as host. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_92

On 18 November 2013, O'Grady was taken ill with a suspected angina attack meaning he was unable to present the live show from that day. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_93

He was replaced by singer and entertainer Michael Ball for that episode and presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern the following day. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_94

Emma Willis hosted on 20 November, followed by Vernon Kay the next day, and finally comedian Jo Brand guest hosted on 22 November. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_95

On 25 November 2013, O'Grady returned and thanked the five stand-ins for filling in for him over the previous week. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_96

He paid particular thanks to Michael Ball who found out he was to host with only 40 minutes' notice. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_97

2006 The Paul O'Grady Show_section_10

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EpisodeThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_1_0_0 DateThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_1_0_1 HostThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_1_0_2
1The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_1_0 23 October 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_1_1 Vernon KayThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_1_2
2The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_2_0 24 October 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_2_1 Cilla BlackThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_2_2
3The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_3_0 25 October 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_3_1 Lorraine KellyThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_3_2
4The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_4_0 26 October 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_4_1 Jesse MetcalfeThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_4_2
5The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_5_0 27 October 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_5_1 Alan TitchmarshThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_5_2
6The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_6_0 27 November 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_6_1 Judith ChalmersThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_6_2
7The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_7_0 28 November 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_7_1 Melanie SykesThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_7_2
8The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_8_0 29 November 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_8_1 Paddy McGuinnessThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_8_2
9The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_9_0 30 November 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_9_1 Lorraine KellyThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_9_2
10The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_10_0 1 December 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_10_1 Brian ConleyThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_1_10_2

2007 The Paul O'Grady Show_section_11

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EpisodeThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_2_0_0 DateThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_2_0_1 HostThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_2_0_2
1The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_1_0 7 May 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_1_1 Justin Lee CollinsThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_1_2
2The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_2_0 8 May 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_2_1 Melanie SykesThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_2_2
3The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_3_0 9 May 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_3_1 Vernon KayThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_3_2
4The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_4_0 10 May 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_4_1 Liza TarbuckThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_4_2
5The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_5_0 11 May 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_5_1 Lenny HenryThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_5_2
6The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_6_0 5 November 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_6_1 Melanie SykesThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_6_2
7The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_7_0 6 November 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_7_1 Chris MoylesThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_7_2
8The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_8_0 7 November 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_8_1 Lorraine KellyThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_8_2
9The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_9_0 8 November 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_9_1 Michael BubléThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_9_2
10The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_10_0 9 November 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_10_1 Ross KempThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_2_10_2

2008 The Paul O'Grady Show_section_12

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EpisodeThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_3_0_0 DateThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_3_0_1 Host(s)The Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_3_0_2
1The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_1_0 15 April 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_1_1 Melanie SykesThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_1_2
2The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_2_0 16 April 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_2_1
3The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_3_0 17 April 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_3_1
4The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_4_0 18 April 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_4_1
5The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_5_0 22 April 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_5_1
6The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_6_0 23 April 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_6_1
7The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_7_0 24 April 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_7_1 Brian ConleyThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_7_2
8The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_8_0 25 April 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_8_1 Shane RichieThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_8_2
9The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_9_0 3 November 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_9_1 Melanie Sykes and Des O'ConnorThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_9_2
10The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_10_0 4 November 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_10_1 Melanie BrownThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_10_2
11The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_11_0 5 November 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_11_1 Joe PasqualeThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_11_2
12The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_12_0 6 November 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_12_1 Ross KempThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_12_2
13The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_13_0 7 November 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_13_1 Jackie CollinsThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_3_13_2

Note: For the episode hosted by Jackie Collins, O'Grady himself was the guest along with Paris Hilton. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_98

2009 The Paul O'Grady Show_section_13

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EpisodeThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_4_0_0 DateThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_4_0_1 HostThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_4_0_2
1The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_1_0 6 April 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_1_1 Dermot O'LearyThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_1_2
2The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_2_0 7 April 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_2_1 Dawn FrenchThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_2_2
3The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_3_0 8 April 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_3_1 Melanie SykesThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_3_2
4The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_4_0 9 April 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_4_1 Joanna PageThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_4_2
5The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_5_0 10 April 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_5_1 Joe PasqualeThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_5_2
6The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_6_0 13 April 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_6_1 Alan CarrThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_6_2
7The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_7_0 15 October 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_7_1 Joe PasqualeThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_7_2
8The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_8_0 2 November 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_8_1 Fern BrittonThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_8_2
9The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_9_0 3 November 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_9_1 Peter AndreThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_9_2
10The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_10_0 4 November 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_10_1 Michael BubléThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_10_2
11The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_11_0 5 November 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_11_1 Jo BrandThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_11_2
12The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_12_0 6 November 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_12_1 Johnny VegasThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_4_12_2

2013 The Paul O'Grady Show_section_14

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EpisodeThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_5_0_0 DateThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_5_0_1 HostThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_5_0_2
1The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_1_0 18 November 2013The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_1_1 Michael BallThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_1_2
2The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_2_0 19 November 2013The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_2_1 Stephen MulhernThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_2_2
3The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_3_0 20 November 2013The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_3_1 Emma WillisThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_3_2
4The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_4_0 21 November 2013The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_4_1 Vernon KayThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_4_2
5The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_5_0 22 November 2013The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_5_1 Jo BrandThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_5_5_2

The Paul O'Grady Players annual pantomime The Paul O'Grady Show_section_15

Every year, the show had an annual Christmas pantomime. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_99

Roughly 15 guest stars appeared in the panto. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_100

There was always one narrator, who told the story throughout the panto. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_101

This had been Antony Cotton, Dawn French, Kate Thornton, Sandi Toksvig and Stephen Fry. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_102

The panto ran roughly for the whole show, with usually five minutes left at the end when O'Grady and the stars answered the questions that had been e-mailed in by the viewers. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_103

However, in the 2006 panto, Peter Pan, the panto only ran for roughly 40 minutes, ending around 5.40 pm. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_104

After this, O'Grady interviewed Dawn French, who was the narrator, as he would do on a normal show. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_105

There was then, as usual, the organ game and O'Grady and all the stars then answered e-mails sent in by the viewers. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_106

The panto was always on the last Wednesday before Christmas, meaning that it was always broadcast live. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_107

The pantos were: The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_108

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  • 2005: The Wizard of OzThe Paul O'Grady Show_item_0_0
  • 2006: Peter PanThe Paul O'Grady Show_item_0_1
  • 2007: CinderellaThe Paul O'Grady Show_item_0_2
  • 2008: PinocchioThe Paul O'Grady Show_item_0_3
  • 2009: Sleeping Beauty (broadcast on 14 December instead of 16 December)The Paul O'Grady Show_item_0_4

Jo Brand is the only celebrity who appeared in the panto every year. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_109

O'Grady thanked Brand for her appearance in every annual panto on the show after the fifth and final panto on 14 December 2009. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_110

The pantomime did not return in the 2013 revival. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_111

Guest appearances The Paul O'Grady Show_section_16

The Paul O'Grady Show appeared in a series 3 episode of The Catherine Tate Show, where Tate's character Joannie "Nan" Taylor made an appearance. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_112

Originally she acted very sweet, but later revealed her true colours. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_113

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 for intruding her flat. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_114

Nan started swearing and walked off the set, much to the disgust of O'Grady. The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_115

The show made a brief appearance in the Doctor Who episode "The Stolen Earth". The Paul O'Grady Show_sentence_116

Transmissions The Paul O'Grady Show_section_17

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SeriesThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_6_0_0 Start dateThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_6_0_1 End dateThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_6_0_2 EpisodesThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_6_0_3 ChannelThe Paul O'Grady Show_header_cell_6_0_4
1The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_1_0 11 October 2004The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_1_1 3 December 2004The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_1_2 40The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_1_3 ITVThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_1_4
2The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_2_0 14 March 2005The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_2_1 27 May 2005The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_2_2 55The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_2_3
3The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_3_0 12 September 2005The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_3_1 23 December 2005The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_3_2 75The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_3_3
4The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_4_0 27 March 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_4_1 16 June 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_4_2 60The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_4_3 Channel 4The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_4_4
5The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_5_0 25 September 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_5_1 22 December 2006The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_5_2 65The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_5_3
6The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_6_0 2 April 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_6_1 15 June 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_6_2 55The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_6_3
7The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_7_0 17 September 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_7_1 21 December 2007The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_7_2 70The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_7_3
8The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_8_0 17 March 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_8_1 13 June 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_8_2 60The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_8_3
9The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_9_0 22 September 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_9_1 19 December 2008The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_9_2 65The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_9_3
10The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_10_0 23 February 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_10_1 22 May 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_10_2 65The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_10_3
11The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_11_0 21 September 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_11_1 18 December 2009The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_11_2 65The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_11_3
12The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_12_0 11 November 2013The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_12_1 13 December 2013The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_12_2 25The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_12_3 ITVThe Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_12_4
13The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_13_0 28 April 2014The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_13_1 30 May 2014The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_13_2 25The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_13_3
14The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_14_0 20 April 2015The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_14_1 29 May 2015The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_14_2 30The Paul O'Grady Show_cell_6_14_3

Controversies The Paul O'Grady Show_section_18

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  • In light of O'Grady's love of dogs, and the fact that O'Grady rescued Buster, the show ran a "Find a Dog a Home" slot where abandoned dogs from various charities were featured. Viewers could then call in to request they be placed on a list to give the dog a permanent home. A direct telephone number was given to connect viewers to the appropriate charity. On moving to Channel 4, the slot remained but now viewers had to initially call a 10p-per-call information service to get the direct number of the charity. Calls dropped dramatically, and charity groups including Dogs Trust and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home told producers that they would no longer be involved with the show. The premium rate line was quickly dropped from 29 May 2006, and the original format reintroduced with the full support of the charities.The Paul O'Grady Show_item_1_5

See also The Paul O'Grady Show_section_19

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Paul O'Grady Show.