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Paul O'Grady says it's 'too early' to write Cilla Black book

4 November 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Paul O'Grady says it's ''too early'' for him to write a book about Cilla Black. The 60-year-old comedian previously revealed that if he writes another memoir he will ''intertwine'' it with stories about his close friendship with the late 'Blind Date' host - who passed away in August after suffering a fall - but he's now confessed he thinks it's too soon. Asked if it's true he's planning to write a book about Cilla, he said': ''I haven't been asked, and people think I am and I'm not. I think they just assume that when she passed away that I'd sit down »

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UK TV ratings: The Class of 92 score over 3 million viewers on BBC One

30 October 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

The Class of 92's new BBC One TV series Out of Their League attracted over 3 million viewers on Thursday night.

Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and their fellow teammates' running of Salford Fc was seen by an average overnight audience of 3.09 million (15.4%) viewers at 9pm. Earlier, Watchdog brought in 3.99m (19.9%) at 7.30pm.

ITV's For the Love of Dogs with Paul O'Grady was the most-watched show of the night outside soaps with 4.03m (18.5%) at 8.30pm (195,000/1.0%), followed by the latest Unforgiven with 3.56m (17.8%) at 9pm (182k/1.2%).

On BBC Two, The Last Kingdom continued with 1.54m (7.7%) at 9pm, while Russell Howard's Good News tickled 832k (5.0%) at 10pm.

Channel 4's Amazing Spaces intrigued 1.19m (5.6%) at 8pm (322k/1.6%), followed by new series Kitchen Impossible with 1.13m (5.6%) at 9pm (184k/1.2%) and First Dates with 1.26m (8.7%) at 10pm (133k/1.7%).

On Channel 5, Chris Tarrant's Extreme Railways interested 1.27m (6.4%) at 9pm. »

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Rylan Clark and Paul O'Grady join Most Haunted's live Halloween special

16 October 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Rylan Clark and Paul O'Grady are among those who will take part in the live Halloween special of Most Haunted.

The event on Really will be co-hosted by Rylan and Jamie East, while special guests including O'Grady are to join the broadcast throughout the evening.

Yvette Fielding is leading the investigation team to a location said to be "haunted by one of the most violent poltergeists in the world".

The live show is expected to be three and a half hours long, and will encourage viewers - with access to multiple additional live feeds online - to interact through social media.

"I'm a big Most Haunted fan, so it's amazing to be co-hosting this live Halloween special," Rylan said. "I like a Halloween that's full of more treats than tricks, so I'm hoping for a friendly ghost - although I'm not banking on it!

"What I do know is that »

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UK TV ratings: The Apprentice loses 800,000 viewers for second firing on Thursday

16 October 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

The Apprentice viewers were clearly upset with Dan's firing in episode one, as it lost around 800,000 viewers for Thursday's follow-up.

However, it did still top the night overall outside of soaps, as Lord Alan Sugar's second candidate grilling brought in an average overnight audience of 5.52 million (25.9%) at 9pm on BBC One. You're Fired! was seen by 1.67m (10.1%) at 10pm on BBC Two.

16 times tonight's episode of The Apprentice was too cringeworthy for public health

Earlier, Watchdog appealed to 3.91m (19.2%) at 8pm, while Question Time intrigued 2.38m (23.3%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Cradle to Grave concluded with a two-parter, amusing 1.32m (6.1%) at 9pm and 1.19m (5.6%) at 9.30pm.

On ITV, Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs rose by 300k from last week to 4.24m (20.5%) at 8.30pm (235k/1.1% on +1), while Unforgotten dropped around 700k from its premiere to 3.87m (17.9%) at 9pm »

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Paul O’Grady: ‘I’ve lost just about everybody I know’

13 October 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV host has had a rotten year, with friends such as Cilla Black and Jackie Collins ‘going down like ninepins’. He talks about swapping Soho nightclubs for making jam – and why Jeremy Corbyn, at least, gives him hope

Paul O’Grady has just released Open the Cage, Murphy. It is his fourth autobiography, but it barely takes him up to 1997, so it is safe to assume there are a few more volumes in him yet. “It’s worse than Harry Potter,” he admits. He says he was only going to do one book, but by the time he had checked the word count on the first, he had only got to Paul at 17. He just really likes detail. And what detail it is: the 60-year-old presenter of a teatime chatshow and a weekly programme about rescue dogs has some wild stories to tell. The clubs. The pubs. The night »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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Paul O'Grady celebrates the Sally Army in an "unholy pairing" for the BBC

23 September 2015 3:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Paul O'Grady has billed his BBC celebration of The Salvation Army as an "unholy pairing".

The six half-hour episodes of Paul O'Grady: The Sally Army & Me air this autumn/winter to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the church.

"It's an unholy pairing, but for some reason The Sally Army has always managed to build a bridge to me across my life - from saints to sinner!" O'Grady said.

"They saved kids near my street when I was a boy, with food kitchens, helped me when I was a care worker, and supported people I know over the years."

The presenter becomes an honorary member of the organisation and works in its residential centres, helping its work with older people and "rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in".

Other factual series announced today by the BBC include the four-part Rnli lifeboat series Saving Lives at Sea and Angela Rippon »

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11 magnificent moments that made Cilla Black the queen of entertainment TV

20 August 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cilla Black was a hugely popular entertainer for over five decades, presenting some of the biggest variety shows and teaming up with the biggest stars.

As the country says goodbye to 'Our Cilla' today (August 20) at her funeral in Liverpool, we've chosen a bunch of hilarious and moving moments from her successful career.

1. Meeting a real-life Mr Bean on the real Blind Date

Blind Date was known for its wacky contestants looking for love, and you can't get much wackier than Geoff Carter. Despite wearing a ludicrous shellsuit and carrying a Sooty puppet, he managed to win a date to the Seychelles. Suffice to say, they didn't get married.

2. Owning an undercover journalist on Blind Date

Cilla had her major comeback with Blind Date, a show which had so many memorable moments. One of the most controversial was when Cilla publicly outed a Cosmopolitan journalist who posed as a contestant, »

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Cilla Black was 'there' at her funeral

20 August 2015 7:54 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Cilla Black was ''very much there'' at her funeral. The showbiz legend was laid to rest in Liverpool today (20.08.15) and her friend Carol Vorderman has revealed she felt the late singer's presence throughout the service. She said: ''She was very much there [at the funeral]. Paul O'Grady was hilarious, particularly nodding to the bishop every now and again.'' Paying tribute to the 'Blind Date' host, she added: ''But really, when you went for lunch with her, two things were certain - champagne and laughing. Everything was just kind of being on the edge of outrageous and she was just on the edge »

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Paul O'Grady will pay tribute to Cilla Black on his BBC Radio 2 show this weekend

6 August 2015 7:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has announced how it will pay tribute to the late Cilla Black.

The much loved entertainer - who passed away on Saturday (August 1) - kickstarted her TV career on the BBC back in 1968.

Cilla Black 1943-2015: Her life in pictures, from musical stardom to TV icon

Black's close friend Paul O'Grady will dedicate the second hour of his BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday (August 9) to remembering her life and career.

He will share some of his personal memories of their friendship, while revisiting some of her biggest hits and favourite songs, between 6pm and 7pm.

Special documentary Cilla at the BBC will air on Sunday, August 16 on BBC Four.

Cilla Black 1943-2015: 12 of her best songs

The programme will celebrate Black's best moments on the BBC, from her performances on Top of the Pops and The Royal Variety Performance to her self-titled television series, »

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UK TV ratings: ITV's moving tribute to Cilla Black brings in 3.4m on Tuesday

5 August 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

A total of 3.35 million viewers paid tribute to Cilla Black on Tuesday night (August 4), according to overnight data.

ITV's hour-long tribute The One and Only Cilla Black, which featured an introduction from her close friend Paul O'Grady, attracted a 15.8% audience share at 9pm, and was watched by a further 249k (1.6%) on +1.

Elsewhere, Love Your Garden appealed to 3.16m (16.2%) at 8pm (186k/0.9% on +1), and a repeat of Sheridan Smith's drama Cilla gathered 1.23m (11.7%) at 10.40pm (106k/2.0%).

BBC One's New Tricks topped the ratings outside of the soaps with an impressive 5.37m (25.5%) at 9pm. Earlier, Rip Off Britain intrigued 3.60m (20.2%) at 7pm.

BBC Two's Great British Menu continued with 1.73m (8.4%) at 7.30pm, before The House That £100k Built interested 1.70m (8.7%) at 8pm, and Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School fascinated 1.82m (8.6%) at 9pm.

Over on Channel 4, The Three Day »

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ITV is airing a special tribute to Cilla Black on Tuesday night

3 August 2015 8:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV is airing a special tribute to the late Cilla Black on Tuesday night (August 4).

Special documentary The One and Only Cilla Black, which aired two years ago to mark her 50th year in entertainment, will be adapted following her death.

Cilla Black dies at the age of 72: 12 of her best songs

The one-hour documentary will celebrate Black's life and career, and will open with a new tribute from her long-time friend Paul O'Grady.

ITV will also repeat Sheridan Smith's three-part series Cilla on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10.40pm.

The singer and television presenter died at her Spanish home over the weekend. Local police have said that they believe she died from natural causes.

Paul O'Grady reacts to good friend Cilla Black's death: "She's like my sister"

Fans and friends have remembered Black with a variety of touching tributes since the news of her death »

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Paul O'Grady pays tribute to Cilla Black

3 August 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Paul O'Grady is ''completely stunned'' at the death of his good friend Cilla Black. Cilla, 72, passed away on Saturday night (01.08.15) at her Spanish home in Estepona, Costa del Sol, from ''natural causes'' and Paul, 60, admitted it is ''like the fun has gone''. He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper in an emotional tribute: ''The lights are turned down now. That's it. God I'm going to miss Cilla. It doesn't seem real. I'm completely stunned.'' Cilla and Paul became close after meeting on chat show 'Parkinson' in 1998 and he helped her through the death of her husband Bobby Willis »

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Bruce Forsyth pays touching tribute to Cilla Black: 'She had a common touch'

2 August 2015 7:53 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sir Bruce Forsyth is the latest celebrity to remember Cilla Black, following news of the singer-turned-tv star's death.

The former Strictly Come Dancing host praised the late Blind Date presenter for having a "common touch" that made her relatable to the public.

Cilla Black 1943-2015: Her life in pictures, from musical stardom to TV icon

"72 is no age to leave us all, so many people are going to be so upset," he told ITV News.

"She had such a following, everybody loved her with all the shows she did. She had that - as we say, what people always say about me - that common touch."

The 87-year-old said he would miss Black, adding: "I still can't believe it. I didn't see much of her in the last few months at all, but whenever I did see her she always had a laugh.

"She'd always laugh, mostly against herself, »

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These are the 8 most ridiculous Ofcom complaints of the past 12 months

31 July 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

EastEnders tested pre-watershed limits last night, with Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) branding her scheming brother Max (Jake Wood) a "complete and utter bastard".

Carol's outburst is far from the most traumatic event to occur on the BBC One soap in its 30-year run - or even in the past 12 months - but her potty mouth certainly ruffled a few feathers, with 29 people grumbling to Ofcom.

"People will complain about anything," you might think - and you'd be right. Below are just a few of the complaints made to UK regulator Ofcom in the past year - from hypnotism conspiracies to getting het up over helium.

1. Four people were annoyed they couldn't guess who killed Lucy Beale

This isn't the first time in 2015 that 'Enders has come under fire - a quartet of angry viewers contacted Ofcom in February to complain about the 'Who Killed Lucy?' plot reveal.

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Paul OGrady dislikes manufactured men

14 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Paul O'Grady would never use botox. The former drag queen revealed that some days he doesn't recognise his older self in the mirror but he would never reach out for facial enhancements and believes that men who pluck their eyebrows and wear fake tan should ''get over themselves.'' He said: ''I'd never have Botox or tried to look younger. I see these men who've had work done and it just looks so manufactured. ''This craze for plucking eyebrows and wearing fake tan. I just think, 'get over yourself''' Though Paul - who recently turned 60 - admitted that he misses his youthful »

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Strictly Come Dancing: Craig Revel Horwood 'has had violent threats'

16 April 2015 3:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood has revealed that he has received threats of violence following some of his comments on the show.

Paul O'Grady recently admitted that he couldn't take part in the BBC One hit show because he would "smash [Craig's] face in" if he was harsh about his dancing.

Revel Horwood - who said that O'Grady would be "great" on the show - has now told Metro that it is not the first time he has been threatened.

"I have been threatened with violence by Jan Ravens's husband in the BBC bar [when she took part in 2006]," he said. "She didn't take criticism very well.

"You have to be able to think like a sports person and not blame any particular person - like me - if you don't do well because I'm not the one voting."

Horwood also expressed relief that he is not one of the professional dancers on the show, »

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Craig Revel Horwood: 'Strictly is not a real dance competition'

16 April 2015 1:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Craig Revel Horwood has underlined that Strictly Come Dancing is an entertainment show rather than a "real dance competition".

Horwood, who has been an ever-present on the programme's judging panel for its 12 series, told Metro that some celebrities on the show don't take too kindly to his barbs.

"There was a bit of iciness between Julian Clary and myself but then we got on the same page and it became handbags at dawn rather than 'I'll claw your eyes out'," he said.

"It's an entertainment show. It's not a real dance competition where someone will be doing a tango world tour and I'm going to produce them and make lots of money out of them.

"They are already famous - they don't have to prove anything."

Asked about the enduring success of Strictly, Horwood said: "If you'd told me ten years ago that Strictly would still be going I'd have laughed in your face. »

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Paul O'Grady rules out Strictly Come Dancing: 'I'd smash Craig's face in'

1 April 2015 3:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Paul O'Grady has promised that we won't be seeing him on Strictly Come Dancing any time soon.

The TV personality told The Sun that he has seen the effect the show has on people - and admitted he might end up getting violent with the judges if they were mean.

"I have mates that have done it, big healthy fellas have gone in and they've come out complete wrecks," he said.

"If I had done eight hours a day for five days and nearly killed myself and Craig Revel Horwood said, 'Well, frankly darling...', I'd smash his face in."

O'Grady isn't alone, as EastEnders star Jo Joyner recently ruled out an appearance on the show, saying: "I'd be rubbish - and clearly live is not my forte! They did ask - they've asked a couple of times and I would love to learn to dance, but... I'm a bit »

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Coronation Street and Strictly Come Dancing win at Tric Awards 2015

10 March 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Coronation Street and Strictly Come Dancing have both picked up prizes at the Television and Radio Industries Club (Tric) Awards 2015.

The ITV soap picked up the TV Soap of the Year prize ahead of rivals EastEnders and Hollyoaks, while Strictly triumphed over The Voice UK and Britain's Got Talent in the Reality Programme category.

EastEnders' Danny Dyer won the Soap Personality prize, while Gogglebox won Entertainment Programme, and Downton Abbey was named HD Drama Programme of the Year.

Ant and Dec beat Keith Lemon and Graham Norton to win TV Personality of the Year, and Silent Witness won Crime Programme of the Year.

Meanwhile, Match of the Day was the recipient of this year's Tric Special Award.

Take a look at the full winners' list below:

HD Sports Programme

A Question of Sport - Winner

BBC Formula 1

Soccer Saturday

Digital Radio Personality

Chris Evans - Winner

Fearne Cotton

Nicky Campbell »

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Silent Witness finale tops Tuesday evening with 6m on BBC One

4 February 2015 2:32 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Silent Witness rose by around 300,000 viewers to top Tuesday evening, overnight data reveals.

The 18th series finale brought in an average 6.00 million (25.3%) at 9pm on BBC One. Later, Count Arthur Strong amused 1.31m (11.3%) at 10.35pm.

On BBC Two, Alex Polizzi: The Fixer appealed to 1.92m (8.7%) at 8pm, followed by Inside the Commons with 1.69m (7.2%) at 9pm. Rory Bremner's Coalition Report attracted 1.39m (7.9%) at 10pm.

ITV's Deirdre & Me tribute was seen by 2.83m (12.9%) at 7.30pm (181k/0.8% on +1). Bad Builders: Bang to Rights gathered 2.31m (10.5%) at 8pm (149k/0.6%), while Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans interested 2.43m (10.3%) at 9pm (270k/1.7%).

On Channel 4, The Jump continued with 1.84m (8.3%) at 8pm (252k/1.1%), followed by 24 Hours in Police Custody with 942k (4.0%) at 9pm (331k/2.1%) and Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell with 646k (4.1%) at 10pm (185k/2.2%).

Channel 5's Benidorm ER attracted 805k (3.7%) at 8pm, while Celebrity Big Brother's latest episode entertained 2.26m (9.5%) at 9pm »

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