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Paul O'Grady

Following standing in for other presenters when they went on holiday, Paul finally got his own radio show. Broadcasting Sunday nights from 5.00-7.00pm the programme contained plenty of chat, giggles and music. The public can email requests to
  • Radio 2
    • 05/04/09 onwards

Elaine Paige

Paul covered Elaine's Sunday slot for a month.
  • Radio 2
    • 22/02-15/03/09

Showman and Star-Maker: A Tribute to Bill Cotton

Presented by Paul, these programmes paid special tribute to the man who transformed British television and considered the lasting legacy of Bill Cotton, both on screen and behind the scenes of British television. Programme 1 was titled The Training Ground and programme 2 The Power Years.
  • Radio 2
    • 31/12/08 & 01/01/09

The Paul O'Grady Christmas Show

The show featured a seasonal mix of Christmas music and some of the biggest hits from 2008, along with Paul's own unique take on this special time of the year. There was music from Dora Bryan, McFly and Girls Aloud plus a panto round-up and a look ahead to some of the highlights on Radio 2 over the holiday period.
  • Radio 2
    • 25/12/08

Michael Ball

Michael chats to Paul on his noon programme.
  • Radio 2
    • 07/12/08

Chris Evans drivetime

Paul talked about what he'd be doing over the Festive period.
  • Radio 2
    • 07/12/08

Front Row

Paul did an interview with Mark Lawson for the live magazine programme on the world of arts, literature, film, media and music.
  • Radio 4
    • 12/08

Elaine Paige

Paul was back standing in for Elaine.
  • Radio 2
    • 09/11/08


Libby Purves interviewed Paul and discussed his autobiography.
  • Radio 4
    • 24/09/08

Steve Wright Show

Paul was a guest publicising his forthcoming autobiography.
  • Radio 2
    • 19/09/08

Elaine Paige

Paul returned once again to stand in for Elaine and introduced the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.
  • Radio 2
    • 31/08/08

Elaine Paige

Paul once again stood in for Elaine on the show, which spotlights landmark musicals.
  • Radio 2
    • 13/01/08

Paul O'Grady

Paul hosted his own show on Easter Monday from 2.00-4.00pm. The show featured special guests and celebrity chat, the best music and a whole host of competitions and games. Paul also taste-tested a selection of the finest Easter eggs in the search for Britain's Best.
  • Radio 2
    • 09/04/07

Elaine Paige

Paul stood in for the songstress for two weeks.
  • Radio 2
    • 28/01/07 & 04/02/07

Paul O'Grady

Paul, accompanied by Buster, returned to Radio 2 with a brand new live show for Easter Saturday.

Featuring special guests and celebrity chat, the best music and a whole host of competitions and games, Paul also taste-tested a selection of the finest Easter eggs in the search for Britain's Best.

Plus, there was Paul's unique take on the newspapers, the latest DVD releases, and his tips on how to avoid the same old movies on the box on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Radio 2
    • 15/04/06

Heart 106.2 FM

Paul guested on Melanie Sykes' new show.
  • Heart 106.2 FM
    • 26/03/06


When he happened to hear a phone vote asking listeners to choose their favourite programme, either the Paul O'Grady Show or Richard and Judy, Paul phoned in to say that he would be doing another block of shows for 14 weeks starting next March/April, then another 14 weeks later in the year. The phone vote ended up at 75% to 25% in Paul's favour.
  • LBC 97.3 FM
    • 25/11/04

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  • Northsound 1
    • 24/09/04

Polycell SmoothOver Advertisement

Paul provided the voiceover for SmoothOver - a range of easy to use whole wall solutions, which promise to revolutionise the way in which you prepare walls and ceilings for painting. It's a quick, easy and inexpensive DIY alternative to plastering.
  • Real Radio
    • 11/04/04

Desert Island Discs

Sue Lawley invited Paul to choose the eight records he would take with him to a desert island. His choice was as follows:

1. I'll take you home again Kathleen
Performer Josef Locke
Composer Westendorf
Publisher B Feldman & Co Ltd/EMI
CD Title Hear my Song
Track 3
Label Music for Pleasure
Rec No: CD-DL 1033/A & B

2. You gotta get a gimmick
Performer Linda Hart/Anna McNeely, Christine Ebersole
Composer Julie Styne and Stephen Sondheim
Publisher Atlantic
CD Title Gypsy
Track 14
Label Atlantic
Rec No: 7567 82551 2

3. The Blue Pacific Blues
Performer Rita Hayworth
Composer Lee/Washington
Publisher Snapper Music
CD Title Gilded Promises
Track Cd1 14
Label Snapper
Rec No: SMDCD 321

4. Meditation from Thais, Act 11
Performer Philippe Graffin
Composer Massenet
Publisher Etcetera records
CD Title Violin Showpieces
Track 4
Label Etcetera
Rec No: KTC 11125

5. I put a spell on you
Performer Nina Simone
Composer J J Hawkins
Publisher Polygram
CD Title The Very Best of Nina Simone
Track 16
Label Verve
Rec No: 522 747-2

6. Trouble
Performer Elvis Presley
Composer Leiber/Stoller
Publisher BMG Entertainment
CD Title King Creole
Track 4
Label RCA
Rec No: 07863 674542

7. Hurry it's lovely up here
Performer Barabara Streisand
Composer Alan J Lerner/ music Burton Lane
Publisher Sony
CD Title On a clear day (you can see forever)
Track 1
Label Columbia
Rec No: 474907 2

8. La Cumparsita
Performer Carlos Gardel
Composer M Rodriquez
Publisher A & R productions
CD Title La Cumparsita
Track 4
Label Nostalgia
Rec No: NSTC 065

Record: Meditation from Thais
Book: Shipbuilding for Beginners/The Borrowers - Mary Norton
Luxury: Skin so soft - Avon

  • Radio 4
    • 28/12/03

Paul O'Grady

Christmas afternoon with Paul and his own radio show.
  • Radio 2
    • 25/12/03

Cilla - What's It All About

Paul recalled Cilla Black's illustrious career.

It was forty years ago that Cilla Black began the journey that would result in her position as a national icon. Today she's perhaps best known for her television career. But her musical heritage is a rich and significant one.

Featuring an exclusive and in-depth interview with Cilla, this documentary features newly discovered demos and rehearsal takes and some of the long forgotten sessions she recorded for the BBC - songs never heard before.

Programme One: Something Tells Me

"...there weren't too many white singers around which could convey the emotion that I felt in many of the songs I wrote but that changed with people like Cilla Black..." - Burt Bacharach

Born into very humble surroundings in one of Liverpool's roughest residential areas, the young girl named Priscilla Maria Veronica White always wanted to be a singer. As the famous showbiz story goes, Cilla could regularly be found in her lunch hour escaping to the trendy haunts of the Cavern and the Zodiac where she met her future husband Bobby Willis. "Swinging Cilla", as she became known, soon began performing alongside legendary acts who were fundamental in establishing the Mersey Beat sound such as The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Cilla soon came to the attention of Brian Epstein.

This programme considers how Cilla Black became the most successful British female singer of the Sixties, and why she chose to leave the music business behind her in the Seventies. Featuring the hits: "Anyone Who Had a Heart", "You're My World" and "Step Inside Love".

Programme Two: Beginning Again

As TV went from black-and-white into colour, so Cilla was transformed from singing sensation into the first lady of British television. Her debut series for the BBC attracted 21 million viewers. As the music, energy and excitement of the Sixties made way for the glam-rock of the seventies; Cilla embraced 'the box' and found success with sit-coms, and variety and music shows. In 1983, the year of her twentieth anniversary in showbiz, her celebratory hits album saw a new interest in her music, and the question: "Why don't we see more of you on telly?" Within two years, Cilla Black was back on TV. With 'Surprise Surprise' and 'Blind Date', Cilla became Britain's leading television personality. But how did Cilla use TV to resurrect her career and maintain her profile, and why has she only now decided to return to her first love, singing?

With contributions from: Blue, Lulu, Sir Cliff Richard, Michael Winner, Terry Wogan, David Jacobs, Sir Tim Rice, Nina Myskow, Michael Hurll and Denise Van Outen.

  • Radio 2
    • 21 & 24/12/03

Jonathan Ross

Taking a break from his gruelling rehearsal schedule for Eyes Down at the BBC, Paul stepped in to Jonathan Ross's shoes to present the Saturday morning show. He mentioned a new addition to his household, a nine week old puppy, Bingo, whom eight year old Buster hates. Paul also stated he'd be sitting his driving test again in two weeks time and that he was returning to Pantomime at the Bristol Hippodrome in December. Guests were Les Dennis, Melanie C., Sir Ian McKellen and Sonia.
  • Radio 2
    • 12/04/03

Steve Penk

Paul was interviewed and listeners could also question him or ask for advice during a phone-in.
  • Power FM 103.2
    • 07/07/02

Two Priests And A Nun Go Into A Pub

Paul Merton interviewed Paul about being a comedian and being raised as a Catholic.
  • Radio 2
    • 15/04/00


Youth programme presented with DJ rapper Normski.
  • Radio 5